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Old 05-02-2010, 06:59 AM   #1
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Prince has hurt his right back leg/foot at 10pm tonight. My vet isn't open until Monday.

Prince is not hopping on his right leg/foot. He jumped from the top of the cage, which is like 1 foot 15 inches from the floor. I felt his leg/foot and I couldn't feel any break and he didn't grind his teeth or growl when I was feeling it. I emailed my vet about this and awaiting an answer from him.

I put ice on it for a few minutes. I have one dose of metacam left and I don't want to give it to him unless he is in severe pain.

What else can I do while I wait for my vet to get back to me via email?



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Old 05-02-2010, 07:51 AM   #2
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Probably fine to give the Metacam. If it helps, but he still has pain after it wears off, you can get some children's ibuprofen or use aspirin. That's not a terribly long fall, but it sounds like he is at least hurt a little. The anti-inflammatory property of metacam will help it heal more quickly.



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Old 05-02-2010, 08:00 AM   #3
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Then I will give the metacam right now. He is in a cage by himself. Sweetie is outside of the cage, fre roaming in the rabbit area. Thank you Claire. Any more suggestions that I can do would be great.

Oh I have ibuprofen for adults, can I split an ibuprofen and let it dissolve in water and give it to him that way? If so, how much, like a quarter of a tablet or half a tablet?

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hi,sweetie-right foot,injury/sprain/strain.??-stick with the metacam and baby asprin/use a syring-1cc and dissolve half a baby asprin in the 1cc water---try massaging the foot/leg and watch for a more serious injury..ie huddled in corner,,crying,etc,,...sincerely james waller,,your choice heat,ice or both..

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If I cannot get a hold of any baby aspirin, can I use children's tylenol? I will be applying ice to his right back leg/foot and I will try heat also.

I didn't feel any break and he did not growl or grind his teeth when I was checking it, feeling it.

Thank you James! Greatly appreciate the help from you and Claire.

Any more suggestions you guys may have that will help Prince? I want to do everything I can for him.

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Tylenol isn't ok. The active ingredient, acetaminophen, should not be given to bunnies. You can crush up an ibuprofen tablet and give via syringe--it will be very bitter though, so he may not want to take it.

Here's a dosage calculator, it has ibuprofen in it:
http://homepage.mac.com/mattocks/morfz/rx/drugcalc.html

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Ok. I will stick with children's ibuprofen and/or children's aspirin. I will ask my vet for some more metacam on Monday or when I can get Prince in to see him.

Thank you Claire!

Can I put a frozen waterbottle in the cage with him so he can lean up against it on his hurt, possibly sprained leg/foot?

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Ok. I will stick with children's ibuprofen and/or children's aspirin. I will ask my vet for some more metacam on Monday or when I can get Prince in to see him.

Thank you Claire!

Can I put a frozen waterbottle in the cage with him so he can lean up against it on his hurt, possibly sprained leg/foot?
on medirabbit.com you can get info about analgesic drugs for rabbits/most important to read the remark column..ie.asprin thins blood,,up to 400 mg per kg-(2.2#)-daily.//.ibuprofen-can cause gastric irritation-2 to 10mg/kg-daily./.hope prince is feeling better--sincerely james waller
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Thanks James. Well, I heard from Dr. Crawford and he suggested I take Prince to All Creatures (they are a 24 hour vet hospital.

I have some bad news: Prince broke his rear right leg above his knee. It is called a femur break. Prince is at All Creatures now staying the night and tomorrow he will have surgery to fix his leg.

Luckily I was able to get Care Credit to help me pay for the surgery. My mom is helping with the rest. It will cost a little over $2,000. I pick up Prince tomorrow afternoon. I just hope there aren't any complications during or after the surgery.

After the surgery, the vet is giving me baytril and metacam, I believe, for Prince.

I just hope everything goes well with the surgery.

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Oh, what bad luck! I'm sorry I didn't realize it was that bad from your description. I hope the surgery and recovery go smoothly. Please keep us updated! I guess since he's such a little guy a fall from that height can be dangerous.



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