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    Hi all,

    So even with laying out vetbeds all over the living room Gandalf's hocks are looking decidedly angry again, inflamed and very red but no broken skin yet, we've started putting some soother plus topical cream on them but that's only been since Friday.

    We are now thinking of replacing our living room carpet (only a year old) with a deep pile carpet to help. Is the carpet the main cause here do you think? Or is the fact he sits in his loo, not for ages though but is the urine getting to him... I know him being a Mini Rex he is a lot more susceptible but we just want to help as much as possible.

    We don't care what it costs we just want him to be as healthy as possible! I've now bought Vetbed gold plus and double layered his pen. He is going back to Gill at windlesham vet on Tuesday as we are feeling really deflated and feel so responsible and especially now as we have his lady friend here we would hate to make more mistakes.

    Always grateful for every reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulJD View Post
    Hi all,

    So even with laying out vetbeds all over the living room Gandalf's hocks are looking decidedly angry again, inflamed and very red but no broken skin yet, we've started putting some soother plus topical cream on them but that's only been since Friday.

    We are now thinking of replacing our living room carpet (only a year old) with a deep pile carpet to help. Is the carpet the main cause here do you think? Or is the fact he sits in his loo, not for ages though but is the urine getting to him... I know him being a Mini Rex he is a lot more susceptible but we just want to help as much as possible.

    We don't care what it costs we just want him to be as healthy as possible! I've now bought Vetbed gold plus and double layered his pen. He is going back to Gill at windlesham vet on Tuesday as we are feeling really deflated and feel so responsible and especially now as we have his lady friend here we would hate to make more mistakes.

    Always grateful for every reply!
    In my experience Rexes just dont do well on any carpet/Vetbed/blankets. If a Rex develops fur loss over the hocks during his/her first year of life then unfortunately it is likely that he/she will always be very prone to them and even less likely to cope on even slightly abrasive surfaces. Covering carpet with cotton sheets can work quite well as the cotton sheet is far less abrasive than any sort of carpet fibres.

    Is Gandolf moulting at the moment ? Rex sore hock issues often worsen during a moult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    In my experience Rexes just dont do well on any carpet/Vetbed/blankets. If a Rex develops fur loss over the hocks during his/her first year of life then unfortunately it is likely that he/she will always be very prone to them and even less likely to cope on even slightly abrasive surfaces. Covering carpet with cotton sheets can work quite well as the cotton sheet is far less abrasive than any sort of carpet fibres.

    Is Gandolf moulting at the moment ? Rex sore hock issues often worsen during a moult.
    I was worried you may say that about vetbeds... yeah Gandalf is moulting I've just bought 2 king size 100% cotton sheets to cover over the vet beds praying that helps! We can't help but feel like it's our fault.

    We both do feel a bit helpless, he is such a sweet bunny..

    Thanks so much for the advice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulJD View Post
    Hi all,

    So even with laying out vetbeds all over the living room Gandalf's hocks are looking decidedly angry again, inflamed and very red but no broken skin yet, we've started putting some soother plus topical cream on them but that's only been since Friday.

    We are now thinking of replacing our living room carpet (only a year old) with a deep pile carpet to help. Is the carpet the main cause here do you think? Or is the fact he sits in his loo, not for ages though but is the urine getting to him... I know him being a Mini Rex he is a lot more susceptible but we just want to help as much as possible.

    We don't care what it costs we just want him to be as healthy as possible! I've now bought Vetbed gold plus and double layered his pen. He is going back to Gill at windlesham vet on Tuesday as we are feeling really deflated and feel so responsible and especially now as we have his lady friend here we would hate to make more mistakes.

    Always grateful for every reply!

    Hi Paul

    I wouldn't go changing your carpet, unless you decide to make your living into a barn and use hay, as carpet isn't that conducive to healing sore hocks.

    What cream have you been applying? Are his nails kept short?

    I'm sure you know this stuff already, but just in case there's something new to help:

    http://rabbit.org/treating-sore-hocks/

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_di...l/Pod/Podo.htm
    (contains some distressing images)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulJD View Post
    I was worried you may say that about vetbeds... yeah Gandalf is moulting I've just bought 2 king size 100% cotton sheets to cover over the vet beds praying that helps! We can't help but feel like it's our fault.

    We both do feel a bit helpless, he is such a sweet bunny..

    Thanks so much for the advice though.
    That's OK. I know all too well how distressing it can be trying to deal with Rex Hocks. Gandolf's issues are not your fault and you are doing all you can to try to obtain as much information as possible to try to minimise the condition. I am sure that Gill will have some very useful advice when you see her next week xx

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    One of our Continental Giants has a severe ongoing sore hocks problem. He always has to have his foot bandaged on the advice of our v Rabbit savy vet and we change the bandage every 1-3 days. Keeping the area dry and free from urine is essential. Over the last few weeks our vet had prescribed Flamazine ointment and that does seem to be helping though he has said that some rabbits seem to react to it. Good luck. I know exactly what you mean when you say you feel it's your fault even though you are doing all you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabethH View Post
    One of our Continental Giants has a severe ongoing sore hocks problem. He always has to have his foot bandaged on the advice of our v Rabbit savy vet and we change the bandage every 1-3 days. Keeping the area dry and free from urine is essential. Over the last few weeks our vet had prescribed Flamazine ointment and that does seem to be helping though he has said that some rabbits seem to react to it. Good luck. I know exactly what you mean when you say you feel it's your fault even though you are doing all you can.
    I have found Flamazine to be beneficial too xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyMax View Post
    Hi Paul

    I wouldn't go changing your carpet, unless you decide to make your living into a barn and use hay, as carpet isn't that conducive to healing sore hocks.

    What cream have you been applying? Are his nails kept short?

    I'm sure you know this stuff already, but just in case there's something new to help:

    http://rabbit.org/treating-sore-hocks/

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_di...l/Pod/Podo.htm
    (contains some distressing images)
    After doing some research for cream we opted for this one max,

    http://www.hyperdrug.co.uk/Healx-Avi...nfo/HEALXSOPL/

    Nails are being cut again Tuesday as I thought they were getting a little long, nothing drastic but mindful of them putting extra pressure on the hock. Praying we can keep it under control!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabethH View Post
    One of our Continental Giants has a severe ongoing sore hocks problem. He always has to have his foot bandaged on the advice of our v Rabbit savy vet and we change the bandage every 1-3 days. Keeping the area dry and free from urine is essential. Over the last few weeks our vet had prescribed Flamazine ointment and that does seem to be helping though he has said that some rabbits seem to react to it. Good luck. I know exactly what you mean when you say you feel it's your fault even though you are doing all you can.

    I really feel for you Elizabeth and I think I'll get some flamazine seeing as you and jacks Jane seem to think it may work! The other issue is bandages stay on for a couple of hours max with Gandalf! It's a real pain in the rear. Gill did some really nice bandages for him when he was being neutered and looked like they would last the course.......both off in a record 1 hour

    Is flamazine purely a prescribed cream/ointment?

    Thanks again guys, it's cheering us all up knowing we're not alone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulJD View Post
    I really feel for you Elizabeth and I think I'll get some flamazine seeing as you and jacks Jane seem to think it may work! The other issue is bandages stay on for a couple of hours max with Gandalf! It's a real pain in the rear. Gill did some really nice bandages for him when he was being neutered and looked like they would last the course.......both off in a record 1 hour

    Is flamazine purely a prescribed cream/ointment?

    Thanks again guys, it's cheering us all up knowing we're not alone!

    Yes, it is used for treating burns, leg ulcers and pressure sores in humans

    https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/formular...zine/flamazine

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