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Old 12-17-2010, 08:59 PM   #1
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Hello all, you may remember me from when I was trying to find a home for a couple of bunnies. Well, I absolutely could not part with my boy (he turned 5 this september) but Lady went home with a school friend who decided after only a couple months that she really loved her and didn't want her anymore so she's back with me to stay. No way will she go through that again.

But the point is, while she was gone we adopted a bunny because we were worried that if we didn't it would be culled. She has unilateral splay leg with only her hind limb affected. She is very mobile and doesn't seem to be in any discomfort. The hair on the surface of the affected leg touching the ground is thin but it doesn't seem irritated at all.

I'm just wondering if anyone out there is living with a bunny with splay leg and what I should look out for/ keep an eye on.

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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I don't have a bunny personally, but I know that one of the rabbits in our rabbit hopping club has it. It started out with just his front legs and pretty minor but now he can't even lift his head off the ground. His family can't even give him a litter box or food dish because he can't lift his front end off the ground anymore. It took till he was around 2 1/2 years to get bad, though. His family say's he's still happy though.



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Old 12-18-2010, 03:13 AM   #3
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i have a splay leg bun ..unilateral splay on her forelimb . shes almost 2 years old now and i have noticed that her back leg on the same side is starting to lean out too cuz of her weight being shifted mainly to the other side..she is very mobile ..more active then all my buns..she just loves to get out and play...i do notice that since her weight isnt properly centered over her 4 feets that she looks kinda crooked in the back...i know shes gonna have some spinal probs down the road ..im just bracing myself for it...she has no bald spots or sore skin yet...shes also my mentally slow bunny ...her air supply was cut off at birth and shes a little silly. she falls over when she cleans herself..and when she sleeps its ....deep and hard...i have to shake her to wake her up....very unusual for a rabbit...ive researched splay leg in the past and there really isnt that much info out there on it..so i can understand u posting this thread...ive been so worried about what to expect down the road just like u are..heres a pic of my splay leg girl Angel(they were gonna cull her at the breeders too)..u can see her splay in this pic..id love to see a pic of ur lop thats splayed..

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Old 12-19-2010, 02:18 AM   #4
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The person who wrote this article is a very reputable source, however, I really do not know anyone who has done this to their rabbit ;I would think that either the actual process of doing the procedure and/or doing it incorrectly could really cause serious problems. I am just passing it on.....



http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/splayleg.html
from medirabbit
http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Bone_di...c/splayleg.htm

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Old 12-19-2010, 04:28 AM   #5
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thanks Angiesluv..ive seen that before and i gotta be honest with you..it scares me a little...i understand why they do it..and im sure it would be best for the bun if u do it at the begining stage..cuz i do see her body distorting as shes getting older...but to actually splint the legs up like that seems so....barbaric.

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Old 01-02-2011, 04:42 AM   #6
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what happened to the original poster here?..i was really curious about their splay leg bun also ..since i dont meet many people with splay leg buns.......i wanted to compare notes or something.

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:42 AM   #7
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Sorry it's taken me so long to get back. I'm in school full time and working part time so I don't have a lot of spare time. Haha!

I have seen the splints before but I was under the impression those were meant to be a semi-corrective measure for rabbits that were still growing. I don't see that it would be helpful in this case as she would most likely chew it off. And with my luck get a blockage! If I had adopted her young enough I would definitely have tried it though!

I've recently been considering amputation but I don't know much about it aside from one very successful case that I read about. The reason I'm considering that as an option is because I am very worried about her injuring it as it sticks out very far from her body, she cannot adduct it at all and she seems to have random control over it (sometimes it seems like she has a bit of mobility and other times it seems like none).

It also seems to be interfering with grooming, but this is also not consistent. Does your bunny ever have matting in her hind end?

Gimpy had some bad matting when I first brought her home. Then I bought her a brush and by the time I went to brush her it was taken care of and she was a nice clean bunny. However, in the last few days its looking really bad so I've begun brushing it again.

I'm going to attempt to put a picture of her on here now. Wish me luck!

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:45 AM   #8
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Ok, I can't figure it out. Here's a link to a picture of her elsewhere. Her leg actually doesn't look too bad in this picture.

http://www.dailypuppy.com/member/9b9...4/photo/708119

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:26 AM   #9
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I have not heard of amputation for a splay leg, however it makes sense if she's just dragging it along. The leg could get a pressure sore. I have known of a couple tripod bunnies (although I have known more splay leg ones) and they get around fine. If she's young, she should do just fine. The splay looks pretty serious to me in that picture--at almost a 90 degree angle to how her leg should be--so the more drastic procedures might be a good idea.

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:37 AM   #10
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i've read that splints have limited and arguable sucess and often arent worth the stress they give the rabbits.

the book i was reading suggested just checking for pressure sores, if the fur looks like its a little thin use "second skin" liquid bandage on it or a peice of moleskine, and making sure there is no urine scald



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