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sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:07 PM
I just woke up this morning to find my cat chasing a baby bunny. He is a gorgeous little thing, but I have no idea how old he is. Can't be more than a few months. He has a broken back leg and is seemingly snapped at the joint and twisted inward.

I don't want to assume the worst, but I don't think I'm thinking objectively. I picked him up gently in a towel in placed him in a small box. What do I do to help him? :cry:

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:15 PM
His leg isn't broken!!! I didn't look correctly, and he actually just has a lot of fur pulled away revealing skin. Will get a pic soon to show.

chul
13-07-2011, 01:16 PM
Do you have a local wildlife hospital?

halfpenny
13-07-2011, 01:20 PM
I'm not quite sure how it works in America but in Britain most vets will treat wildlife for free. If he has been caught by a cat and has any broken skin he will need antibiotics, cat bites are very bad for causing infections. He may also need pain relief. If you have a wildlife hospital it would be worth giving them a call.

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:23 PM
Here are a couple pictures of him and his injury

This is him in the little box. You can see part of his fur his lifted up:

http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/sidereus7/?action=view&current=2c461173.jpg

And here is a picture of what it looks like where the fur is ripped up. (WARNING: Picture is a little bit graphic):

http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/sidereus7/?action=view&current=0f5146d7.jpg


I have no idea about wildlife centers, so I will research that now. I live in the States, so I have to figure out what it available. Any idea of what I can do for now?

Kermit
13-07-2011, 01:26 PM
He needs a vet!!

That looks sore, poor wee thing.

little-laura
13-07-2011, 01:26 PM
can you call your local vet and see if they will treat it for free because its a wild one or if they know who to call

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:29 PM
He needs a vet!!

That looks sore, poor wee thing.

I know :cry: It's 5:30am here and I don't drive, so I'm trying to find someone who is awake that will take me to the vet.

In the mean time, I have some Metacam, but it expired in January 2011. Does that just mean that it's a little less effective? I wouldn't even know where to begin with dosing, but I just want to do something for him until I can get him to a vet. :cry:

Anyone??

halfpenny
13-07-2011, 01:29 PM
Ouch, definately needs a vet he will be very sore, if the legs is sitting at a funny angle it may well be dislocated too.

Bebopy
13-07-2011, 01:31 PM
Poor little guy. :(

He really needs to see a vet.

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:33 PM
There's a vet within walking distance (about a mile), but they don't open for another hour and a half. If anyone has any ideas about what I can do until then for this little guy, I would love to hear it.

Bavarian Bunny
13-07-2011, 01:34 PM
The Metacam should still be ok. Just make sure not to overdose, as the bunny is tiny. I hope you can find a vet who will help the bunny. :(

Bebopy
13-07-2011, 01:34 PM
Anyway you can contact an emergency vet?

halfpenny
13-07-2011, 01:35 PM
Personally, I would keep him warm, dark, quiet and as still as possible. I would not medicate if you do not know dosage and the med is out of date.

halfpenny
13-07-2011, 01:42 PM
Had a quick look on the net and it seems that oral metacam takes a couple of hours to act, so I would definately wait until he sees a vet and they can inject metacam which will act much more quickly.
Good Luck.

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:49 PM
Had a quick look on the net and it seems that oral metacam takes a couple of hours to act, so I would definately wait until he sees a vet and they can inject metacam which will act much more quickly.
Good Luck.

That makes a lot of sense. Everywhere I call, they just make me call somewhere else, so I guess I'll just try the vet down the street as soon as I can.

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 01:55 PM
Should I try and disinfect the wound with betadine or something? I don't know if that would be too traumatizing for the little thing or if it's worthwhile.

Suzanne
13-07-2011, 02:01 PM
Poor thing. The wound looks quite nasty. I would leave it undisturbed until you can get it to the vet.

Kermit
13-07-2011, 03:09 PM
Did you manage to get to the vets?? Hows the baby?

sidereus7
13-07-2011, 07:17 PM
I took him to my vet and they said he would be better off at a wildlife center and gave me the address to drop him off. I asked if they could do anything for him beforehand, but they said they weren't allowed. I asked if they could give him a little Metacam, and my vet agreed because she's amazing. They gave him .005 of the .05 Metacam orally, because he was too small for injectable versions.

I dropped him off at the wildlife place, and they didn't even let me say goodbye. I got one more blurry picture in the car. :cry:

http://s128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/sidereus7/?action=view&current=ed204a87.jpg#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2F s128.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fp176%2Fsidereus7%2 F%3Faction%3Dview%26current%3D9cfc5661.jpg

Captain Helen
13-07-2011, 07:51 PM
Oh poor little thing. :( Well done for helping him. I hope the wildlife centre can fix him up xx