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Black nail

cathyg

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Hi I noticed rabbit has a black nail. He won't let me.touch it he hops away. He's eating as normal. Hard to say if he's moving less as he is not one to move around much. Has anyone seen this before.
 

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His nails are too long and he has probably caught the one with the bruised quick in something and bent it in an awkward way. Check his toe, they can dislocate easily if a nail gets caught and pulled awkwardly.

You need to clip his nails, or get a Vet Nurse to do it for you, to prevent further injury and the possibility of sore hocks developing. If the toe nails on the hind feet are too long the Rabbit will adapt by incorrect positioning of the plantar region of the feet, putting too much pressure on the hocks. This leads to fur loss on the hocks and eventually this can progress to pododermatitis AKA ‘Sore Hocks’
 
Thanks for that. His nails were cut recently by the vet. How would I know if toe dislocated any idea? He is putting weight on it but he is also holding it up when he's sitting.
 
Thanks for that. His nails were cut recently by the vet. How would I know if toe dislocated any idea? He is putting weight on it but he is also holding it up when he's sitting.
His toe would be out of place, probably swollen and painful if touched.
 
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