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    Saturday night, we found an open wound on Leroy's inner leg. It was hidden in all his fur and despite handling him several times every day, I did not see this. It is quarter sized and had a round hole with some scabbing around it. I was in shock - never saw anything like this! I put some antibiotic ointment on it and put him to bed. I did some quick research and thought it might be an abcess. Sunday I got some povidone to clean it and Veterycin to dress the wound which, of course, he licked off.

    I called the vet on Monday and he said it could be an abcess or maybe a bot fly larvae exit wound, since it was round, and said to just keep it clean with the povidone and it would heal on its own. Vet has seen several bot fly wounds already this year due to the warmer weather we had in February.

    Through this time, he is eating/pooing normally, but definitely acting a bit subdued.

    Yesterday we had an 18" snowstorm and everything was closed so I could do nothing but continue to dress the wound. But I noticed he seems a bit thinner. Still eating everything I put down, but not as voraciously as he usually does. Still a bit more subdued but enjoying being cuddled and pet, nudging my hand for head rubs.

    This morning I made a vet appointment for later. He is still eating, still nudging for head rubs, but is very subdued, not running to the cage door for attention. It's obvious he does not feel good. I think he would stay on my lap all day if he could, but that's not possible. He chomped down a piece of carrot and banana and was eating pellets when I last checked.

    The wound is not oozing or wet, is pink around the edges, indicating some healing. But it's just so big and on the round part of his knee so it gets tugged on when he moves.

    I am very sad; from what I am reading he may not make it. On Friday, Hubby started constructing a lovely new pen for them. He has all the frames built for an 8x10 enclosure, 6 ft. high with a gate so I can walk in. We were hoping to have it finished and up in a few weeks so they could enjoy the spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyGirl View Post
    Saturday night, we found an open wound on Leroy's inner leg. It was hidden in all his fur and despite handling him several times every day, I did not see this. It is quarter sized and had a round hole with some scabbing around it. I was in shock - never saw anything like this! I put some antibiotic ointment on it and put him to bed. I did some quick research and thought it might be an abcess. Sunday I got some povidone to clean it and Veterycin to dress the wound which, of course, he licked off.

    I called the vet on Monday and he said it could be an abcess or maybe a bot fly larvae exit wound, since it was round, and said to just keep it clean with the povidone and it would heal on its own. Vet has seen several bot fly wounds already this year due to the warmer weather we had in February.

    Through this time, he is eating/pooing normally, but definitely acting a bit subdued.

    Yesterday we had an 18" snowstorm and everything was closed so I could do nothing but continue to dress the wound. But I noticed he seems a bit thinner. Still eating everything I put down, but not as voraciously as he usually does. Still a bit more subdued but enjoying being cuddled and pet, nudging my hand for head rubs.

    This morning I made a vet appointment for later. He is still eating, still nudging for head rubs, but is very subdued, not running to the cage door for attention. It's obvious he does not feel good. I think he would stay on my lap all day if he could, but that's not possible. He chomped down a piece of carrot and banana and was eating pellets when I last checked.

    The wound is not oozing or wet, is pink around the edges, indicating some healing. But it's just so big and on the round part of his knee so it gets tugged on when he moves.

    I am very sad; from what I am reading he may not make it. On Friday, Hubby started constructing a lovely new pen for them. He has all the frames built for an 8x10 enclosure, 6 ft. high with a gate so I can walk in. We were hoping to have it finished and up in a few weeks so they could enjoy the spring.
    Poor boy, he may be subdued because he is in pain I hope that the Vet can help him, it sounds as though he will need both pain relief and systemic antibiotics.


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    Sending healing vibes for LeRoy.

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    Loads of healing vibes for Leroy. xxxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyGirl View Post
    Saturday night, we found an open wound on Leroy's inner leg. It was hidden in all his fur and despite handling him several times every day, I did not see this. It is quarter sized and had a round hole with some scabbing around it. I was in shock - never saw anything like this! I put some antibiotic ointment on it and put him to bed. I did some quick research and thought it might be an abcess. Sunday I got some povidone to clean it and Veterycin to dress the wound which, of course, he licked off.

    I called the vet on Monday and he said it could be an abcess or maybe a bot fly larvae exit wound, since it was round, and said to just keep it clean with the povidone and it would heal on its own. Vet has seen several bot fly wounds already this year due to the warmer weather we had in February.

    Through this time, he is eating/pooing normally, but definitely acting a bit subdued.

    Yesterday we had an 18" snowstorm and everything was closed so I could do nothing but continue to dress the wound. But I noticed he seems a bit thinner. Still eating everything I put down, but not as voraciously as he usually does. Still a bit more subdued but enjoying being cuddled and pet, nudging my hand for head rubs.

    This morning I made a vet appointment for later. He is still eating, still nudging for head rubs, but is very subdued, not running to the cage door for attention. It's obvious he does not feel good. I think he would stay on my lap all day if he could, but that's not possible. He chomped down a piece of carrot and banana and was eating pellets when I last checked.

    The wound is not oozing or wet, is pink around the edges, indicating some healing. But it's just so big and on the round part of his knee so it gets tugged on when he moves.

    I am very sad; from what I am reading he may not make it. On Friday, Hubby started constructing a lovely new pen for them. He has all the frames built for an 8x10 enclosure, 6 ft. high with a gate so I can walk in. We were hoping to have it finished and up in a few weeks so they could enjoy the spring.

    I'm sorry to hear this

    Have you seen the vet yet?

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    Thanks for all the good thoughts.

    I am leaving in 5 minutes. Vet is a good 45 minutes from here, out in the country in next county. I'm hoping the roads are sufficiently cleared. Snow is blowing like crazy and it's cold! I'll post when I get back home.

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    Vet says it is an abscess, whether from a cut, scratch, bot fly, bite, no one knows. Since I have been cleaning it, she could not reliably culture it for specific bacteria. He had no temp. So he will get an oral antibiotic and we'll see what happens. Vet's words: "What will be, will be." She says she never knows what will happen with a rabbit abscess and can give me no guarantee, but the fact that he is young and healthy, eats a very good diet, gets fresh air, exercise and affection should help. She wants to recheck in 10 days. In the meantime, she encouraged me to have patience, keep calm and not look at the wound for 48 hours.

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    Sending lots of vibes for him xx

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    Lots of get well vibes for Leroy!

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