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A rabbit has a leg injury.
If your rabbit is in pain with an injured leg, get it the medical care it needs.If your rabbit seems to be in pain, the leg is dangling, or it is limping, it may have a leg injury.If you look for fast breathing, refusal to eat, squinting, or loss of interest in its surroundings, you can see the pain in your rabbit.Before you take your rabbit to the vet, make it as comfortable as you can.The vet will want to treat the wound.It's possible that your rabbit needs surgery.If you bring your rabbit home, make sure it gets the rest it needs to heal.It is a good idea to know how to prevent broken bones.
Step 1: Discuss the injury with the doctor.
If your rabbit is injured or in pain, you should call the vet to let them know you're bringing it in.Tell the vet if you think your rabbit's leg may be broken.The vet will tell you what to give your rabbit.Call an emergency animal hospital if your rabbit hurts itself during your vet's off-hours.Contact the local animal hospitals or shelters if you don't already have a vet.If you want to know if they can give medical treatment to your rabbit, ask.If your rabbit needs surgery, you should track when you give the medication and how much it costs.When you call your vet, you should have the following information on hand: breed, age, and sex of the rabbit, how long ago the injury happened, which leg you suspect is injured and when.
Step 2: The rabbit needs to be wrapped in a towel.
Try not to bandage the rabbit's leg.Put the rabbit in its carrier by gently wrapping it in a towel.Try to keep the rabbit calm and relaxed.Hold the rabbit and talk to it in a whisper.If you bandage the leg, you may cause the injury to get worse.
Step 3: The rabbit can be used for medical exams.
X-rays need to be taken of the rabbit.To determine how badly the rabbit is injured, the vet will need to do a full physical and neurological exam.If your rabbit is in shock, bleeding, or has breathing or heart problems, it may need emergency treatment.
Step 4: Get the surgery.
You'll need to schedule the procedure as soon as possible if the vet determines that your rabbit will need surgery.A wire or pins will be used by the veterinary surgeon.After the surgery, your rabbit will need special care.Most leg breaks need some type of surgical treatment so the bones heal correctly.rabbits don't need to be fasted before surgery.It is possible to feed your rabbit according to its schedule.You can ask the vet about payment plans if you're worried about the cost of surgery.This option is offered by many veterinary hospitals.
Step 5: You should give your rabbit pain medication.
The vet has a pain management plan.Continue giving your rabbit pain medication after the surgery.If the vet prescribes antibiotics, you'll need to give them to your rabbit for three to five days after the surgery.Don't stop the medication just because your rabbit is better.Follow the doctor's advice about antibiotics.Continue giving your rabbit the medication if it seems better.
Step 6: Take care of your rabbit.
Your rabbit will prefer a clean, warm place to heal at home.Your rabbit will rest easily if you give it lots of cozy things.The cage should be placed in a warm and quiet place.You could put thick towels or torn up paper in your rabbit's area.
Step 7: Take the rabbit to the exams.
The vet will want to see your rabbit after it heals.The vet will examine the injury.If your rabbit had a pin or needle, it could be loosened.The vet will check your rabbit's progress if X-rays are taken at this appointment.
Step 8: Keep an eye on your rabbit's food and water intake.
After surgery, your rabbit's eating habits will probably change.Keep track of how much food and water your rabbit is consuming and talk with the vet if it's not eating all of its food, has stopped eating food or its poop has gotten smaller.Within 24 hours, your rabbit should be eating normally.Contact your vet if it isn't.There is no reason for the rabbit to not drink the water you give it.It may take another two or three weeks for the injury to heal completely.
Step 9: Your rabbit should be in a calm environment.
If your rabbit isn't startled, it will heal best in a quiet area.Loud noises can frighten your rabbit.You should keep your rabbit relaxed if it moves unexpectedly.If your rabbit is in the busy area of your house, consider moving it to a calmer part of the house.
Step 10: There are twisted wires in your rabbit's cage.
If your rabbit has a wire cage, look at the wires on the surface to make sure they don't get twisted or damaged.Your rabbit's feet won't get caught as it hops if the wires are less than 2.5 cm apart.Fractures can be caused by sagged feet and falling.
Step 11: The cage should be improved.
To find out how much space there is between the wires, look at the wire cage flooring and bars.You'll need a different cage if there are gaps between the bars where your rabbit's foot could get caught.If you think your rabbit is having trouble getting traction on the floor, you could lay down a cloth towel, piece of fleece, or a rug.
Step 12: Hold your rabbit while you support it.
If you want to support the hind end of your rabbit, hold it with your other hand.It won't kick or wriggle out of your arms if you support its legs.If the rabbit is stressed or anxious, hold it under your arm and support its head with your other hand.When handling your rabbit, stand on a nonskid surface.If your rabbit falls, the nonskid surface could help.If you hold your rabbit from a high height, it will fall.
Step 13: Your rabbit shouldn't fall.
When your rabbit is startled and falls, it's a good idea to keep it secure.If you place your rabbit on a high surface, they might try to jump from it.If your rabbit needs to be on an elevated surface, have someone stand next to it to make sure it doesn't fall.