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    So yesterday we took our rabbits the vet, and it would seem two of them have quite sore hocks . They're indoor rabbits, in quite a large pen on carpet with lots of toys. We have baytril for 10 days and metacam for that time also probably. Anyway, any ideas for bunny friendly flooring please? I've seen foam mats and fleece and stuff suggested on here but honestly they are a complete nightmare for chewing anything and everything (and eating) so i think we'd have gut problems then too . The vet just suggested thickening up the flooring a bit, so I was wondering about the children's interlocking foam mats with a thin-ish rug on top. Would this help at all? Any other suggestions please? Thank youuuu

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    I think one of the best flooring is a bed of deep hay. How old are your rabbits?

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    About 6. Hay all over the floor indoors isn't awfully practical unfortunately! Thank you anyway for your reply! Any other ideas? Would the foam and rug on top be any good?

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    No idea about foam but what about vetbed, not sure that would be soft enough. If you do a search on here there's lots of discussions on sore hocks. I know I asked my specialist once about it for a friend and his advice is if they are bad the feet should be bandaged until they recover.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpayne View Post
    No idea about foam but what about vetbed, not sure that would be soft enough. If you do a search on here there's lots of discussions on sore hocks. I know I asked my specialist once about it for a friend and his advice is if they are bad the feet should be bandaged until they recover.

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    Hi, Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately they will chew anything and vetbed will be too tempting for them I think! This is the problem i face Thank you so much anyway for your suggestions! As for a bandage the vet didn't mention that but I think more of that would probably end up in their stomachs than on their feet Thank you for trying to help anyway and the good luck!

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    Are they 100% free range House Rabbits or do they occupy one room/enclosure within a room ?

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    An enclosure taking up half the living room

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    I think people have used baby socks and all other sorts of things. Apparently manuka honey has been good too. Like I say if you look in the advanced search and put in sore hocks I'm sure you'll find lots of useful tips for people who have struggled with it.

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    Believe me I've searched the whole internet they're just the kind of rabbits that will eat anything and that makes life rather difficult
    On that note, has anyone used hemp mats at all like this : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kerbl-Hemp-...words=hemp+mat ? Are they actually safe to eat and would they be a softer flooring for sore bunny feet? Any other ideas are also welcome! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbitsHuman View Post
    An enclosure taking up half the living room
    Then I would suggest putting rubber stable matting down. If fitted correctly the Rabbits will not be able to chew the edges. Good quality stable matting provides a base that is non abrasive, (unlike carpet which is very abrasive) and it is not slippery, (unlike a lot of vinyl/lino etc).

    An example here :

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stable-Mat...EAAOSw9mFWMzPn

    This is likely to be a lot more pricey

    http://www.stablesofteurope.co.uk/ou...s/stable-turf/

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