Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: Would this be suitable flooring for sore hocks?

  1. #1
    Mama Doe MummyBunnyEm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    2,907

    Default Would this be suitable flooring for sore hocks?

    http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebas...---100l-402088

    In the outdoor run, at the mo i've got VetBed in there temporarily but it's not ideal when it rains! The ground is solid and I can't do much about it because there's huge tree roots underneath

  2. #2
    Warren Veteran
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    5,445

    Default

    Not sure. I'm wondering whether it may be a bit sharp/pointy?

  3. #3
    Warren Veteran joey&boo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2015
    Location
    Lancashire
    Posts
    7,019

    Default

    I'm wondering if it might be a bit uneven. My vet asked me to imagine if I had really sore soles of my feet what would I want to walk barefoot on - I found that a helpful way to look at it.

    I've never heard it discussed in a rabbit context before but I reckon rolls of cork flooring might be good. It is sustainable, has naturally antibacterial properties, waterproof & if you got a thick enough one it would allow their nails to sink in & allow natural movement. Thats my logic anyway - I'd be interested to know others thoughts

  4. #4
    Warren Veteran
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    5,445

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by joey&boo View Post
    I'm wondering if it might be a bit uneven. My vet asked me to imagine if I had really sore soles of my feet what would I want to walk barefoot on - I found that a helpful way to look at it.

    I've never heard it discussed in a rabbit context before but I reckon rolls of cork flooring might be good. It is sustainable, has naturally antibacterial properties, waterproof & if you got a thick enough one it would allow their nails to sink in & allow natural movement. Thats my logic anyway - I'd be interested to know others thoughts
    That's what I was trying to describe. It wouldn't ensure constant pressure across the whole of the foot.

    Cork may well be a good idea.

  5. #5
    Forum Buddy Zoobec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    22,260

    Default

    I have used it before, when I had my quad in a shed and big run. it is quite soft in terms of bark. It's meant for kids to roll around on if the hock is already sore or open then I wouldn't think it would be any good.

    Don't use ornamental bark as that has been treated with chemicals and may be coloured.

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx
    IF YOU NEED HELP WITH ANYTHING PLEASE SEND ME A PM OR ANY OF THE OTHER FORUM BUDDIES

  6. #6
    Wise Old Thumper MightyMax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    26,946

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MummyBunnyEm View Post
    http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebas...---100l-402088

    In the outdoor run, at the mo i've got VetBed in there temporarily but it's not ideal when it rains! The ground is solid and I can't do much about it because there's huge tree roots underneath

    You know, I've seen this used in rabbit rescues, so maybe it's not all bad, but my instinct says not for rabbits with sore hocks. A deep bedding of hay is the ideal, but not always possible.

    There's also the chemicals that the wood could be treated with, and I know (at least to begin with) there's *strong* smells. That said, I believe that play bark for children isn't treated with chemicals in the same way ornamental bark would be.

    What would you do if they toileted in the area?

    I think that play bark - e.g. this: http://www.wickes.co.uk/Wickes-Bark-...s-90L/p/114287 would be suitable for rabbits who didn't have sore hock issues.

    Sorry not to be of more help

  7. #7
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    126,869

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MummyBunnyEm View Post
    http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebas...---100l-402088

    In the outdoor run, at the mo i've got VetBed in there temporarily but it's not ideal when it rains! The ground is solid and I can't do much about it because there's huge tree roots underneath
    Personally I do not think it is suitable. What about stable matting ?

  8. #8
    Mama Doe MummyBunnyEm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    2,907

    Default

    Thank you for your replies. I have to say I wasn't convinced by the bark myself but I feel I'm running out of ideas

  9. #9
    Mama Doe MummyBunnyEm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    2,907

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    Personally I do not think it is suitable. What about stable matting ?
    That was another option I looked into, would something have to go over the matting as it looks a bit hazardous?

  10. #10
    Mama Doe MummyBunnyEm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    2,907

    Default

    I will look into the cork flooring too

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •