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    Hello there! my bunny romeo is almost two years old or something, im not sure because i adopted him form a lady who rescued him from the streets one rainy night (noone was looking for him)
    He free roams inside my room, I have mostly tiles, but half of my room is covered by rugs, and in his own space (a play pen with his litter box and food and water bowls) has a pretty soft matt.
    Recently ive noticed he has a big red bump on one of his hind soles, and i know its sore hocks. My vet had warned me that pododermatitis is a common issue with bunnies. I have began applying a cream reommended by me by a friend, she said the vet told her to use it and it helped her bunny. He is not overweight at all, so im pretty sure its a problem with my flooring.
    I cant change the flooring on my whole room, and he has been getting more playtime in the yard, but i was wondering if anyone knew about some sort of diy sock i could use for him, something to soften the preassure on his hind legs? I do not live in the usa, so i cant buy any specific product (here in chile theres not much available for bunnies).
    I would really appreciate any imput! I want whats best for romeo, and for him to be with me for many more years!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by romeobun View Post
    Hello there! my bunny romeo is almost two years old or something, im not sure because i adopted him form a lady who rescued him from the streets one rainy night (noone was looking for him)
    He free roams inside my room, I have mostly tiles, but half of my room is covered by rugs, and in his own space (a play pen with his litter box and food and water bowls) has a pretty soft matt.
    Recently ive noticed he has a big red bump on one of his hind soles, and i know its sore hocks. My vet had warned me that pododermatitis is a common issue with bunnies. I have began applying a cream reommended by me by a friend, she said the vet told her to use it and it helped her bunny. He is not overweight at all, so im pretty sure its a problem with my flooring.
    I cant change the flooring on my whole room, and he has been getting more playtime in the yard, but i was wondering if anyone knew about some sort of diy sock i could use for him, something to soften the preassure on his hind legs? I do not live in the usa, so i cant buy any specific product (here in chile theres not much available for bunnies).
    I would really appreciate any imput! I want whats best for romeo, and for him to be with me for many more years!!
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    Sore hocks can be a secondary symptom of another mobility problem. So as well as addressing the sore hocks it is important to ascertain what is causing them. As well has being on a hard/abrasive base other issues may include too long toe nails, arthritis, being overweight (although it seems you can rule that one out), loss of hind leg mobility due to a neurological problem (Encephalitozoon Cuniculi) and some breed types are more prone to the condition, especially Rex Rabbits.

    As for applying dressings/socks, this is not as straightforward as it may sound and in certain cases it can make matters worse-eg if any infection is present and not treated or if the dressing is applied incorrectly.

    Can you post a photo of your Rabbit's sore hock ? This thread explains how to post images onto the Forum

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...to-Post-Photos

    If you do apply a dressing it needs to be one that incorporates a pad with a hole cut out. The pad needs to be placed onto the hock with the hole exposing the sore area, thus minimising direct contact of the sore area with the ground. The pad acting like a corn plaster that we would use if we had a corn on our toe, if you see what I mean.

    Rabbits United is a UK based Forum, not a USA one I dont know if a product we have here may be available in Chile, but it is extremely useful for sore hocks

    https://www.vetuk.co.uk/veterinary-s...-200ml-p-41660


    There is some more detailed information about Sore hocks on these links:

    http://www.cunivetservice.com/docs/SoreHocks.2013.pdf

    https://www.hallamvets.co.uk/2018/08...ts-sore-hocks/

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Skin_di...l/Pod/Podo.htm


    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems

    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
    https://animalrescueandcare.org.uk/

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    Hi! im still not super familiar with this forum, i hope my upload works! thank you so much for the info. Its a little redder than what it looks like in the picture
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    heres the pic, i posted in the forum but accidentally didnt reply to your answer.

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    Many Rabbits have a slight calloused area like that whicj is often not noticed as it should be covered by fur. If there is some fur loss then obviously this can lead to the skin becoming sore and 'true' sore hocks can develop.

    Personally at this stage I would not apply any cream to the hocks as this will both soften the skin making it more delicate and flatten the surrounding fur, needed to protect the area.

    Are your Rabbits toenails the correct length ? If they are too long this will mean that the foot is not placed in the correct position when in contact with the ground and too much weight will be taken on the hocks

    Take a look at this video

    https://www.google.com/search?q=corr...L1fAPwpatgAY32


    Reference links for various Rabbit health problems
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...ealth-Problems

    The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) ~ The UK's Biggest Organisation for Rabbit Lovers https://rabbitwelfare.co.uk/

    Animal Rescue and Care (ARC) SW London
    https://animalrescueandcare.org.uk/

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    We've got a Mini Rex with sore hocks. She has the callous you can see above but also similar areas on the foot itself.

    It's an ongoing battle and they come and go. When they're sore we do put cream on but only when angry red.

    Things that have helped are providing a vetbed seed into a fleece cover area to rest on in the house (only your bun is not a chewer). And a thick bed of straw in the rest of her area.

    We also tried Fitch which was recommended as bedding but our other bunny eats it so not so good for us.

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