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kayleighjennifer
03-03-2011, 09:47 PM
Dougals back heels appear to touch when he hops :(
I have a video of him doing it, has anyone had this problem before? :?
He doesnt appear to be in pain but his hops are very slow:(

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQZmDqKS7D0

Jenova
03-03-2011, 09:51 PM
I think it's called splayed feet. It's due to 'bad' breeding and usually found in dwarf breeds. I'm not sure you can do anything and it's not always a problem. My sister's lion head has this too but not quite as bad.

kayleighjennifer
03-03-2011, 09:53 PM
I think it's called splayed feet. It's due to 'bad' breeding and usually found in dwarf breeds. I'm not sure you can do anything and it's not always a problem. My sister's lion head has this too but not quite as bad.

I thought it might have been due to bad breeding mu poor little boy :( I just hope he isn't in pain :(

Jenova
03-03-2011, 09:54 PM
I thought it might have been due to bad breeding mu poor little boy :( I just hope he isn't in pain :(

I'm not an expert so hopefully someone will come along soon.

Mischief and Tinker's Mum
03-03-2011, 10:07 PM
aww :( sorry I don't know what to say about it :(

paulinejoe
03-03-2011, 10:13 PM
I don't know either, but he's a gorgeous bunny :love: Hope its nothing painful too.

Colyflower
03-03-2011, 11:24 PM
I'm really sorry but I'm not sure what it could be, I did just do a very quick Google and an Ontario Canada site said using the heels or 'flat footed' hops could be a sign of spinal problems/injury? I have no idea if this is true or not though but if you're worried I'd get the vet to have a check, as others have said it could also be bad breeding. Sorry I couldn't be more help. He's a gorgeous little ball of fluff isn't he! :love:

Nicola1
03-03-2011, 11:29 PM
Zero also has splayed feet :wave: it can happen in a lot of animals and is a result of bad breeding, it's nothing to worry about it is just a bit like how humans can have bad posture etc

it would only really matter if you wanted to show him or anything like that, it would be classsed as a 'fault'

ETA: I think what Zero and Dougal is closer to knock knees than splayed legs - splayed legs look to be something very different