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hi!

i saw odyssey flopping earlier so I went to take a picture, but then I noticed some pink peeking through the bottom of her paw which I think was her hock. my brother helped me take a look at her hocks while i held her and these are the pics he took of her hocks.

is this sore hocks? it's more pink then I've ever seen.
if so how do i treat it? is it still 1:30 chlorhexidine:water?

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If it's normal pink skin, no callous or scab, I would just check once or twice a week to make sure it doesn't advance to the next stage, and don't apply anything on it as that can sometimes just further aggravate it making it worse. And keep nails trimmed as overgrown nails affect the position of the hind feet, putting more weight on the hocks.

If it's normal pink with a dry callous(not a scab), that's the beginning stages of sore hocks. I wouldn't put anything on it. Sometimes it will never worsen beyond this. You can try changing flooring surfaces to something that allows for a more natural position for the hind feet. If there are hard surfaces or abrasive carpet in your rabbits area, change to something softer.

If it's red and inflamed but no open sore, change flooring surfaces to reduce friction causing the soreness, can help turn it around, and keep nails trimmed. If it's so sore that it's affecting your rabbits movement and/or appetite, see a rabbit vet, for anti inflammatory pain meds and maybe syringe feeding instructions. If it's an open sore, vet, for antibiotics, pain meds, and other care instructions.


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So I checked again recently to see if it got any better, it hadn't.
We've been keeping her back nails short (we cut them twice already since I originally posted this thread), provided softer surfaces (I added memory foam mats with fleece over) yet it's still getting worse.
Odyssey does get playtime in the living room/kitchen, and the kitchen is fully tile, but she usually chooses to stay on the carpet so I don't think that's an issue.

Anything else I should do?
Recent pictures are attached. Left back paw is the one with a blister, right back paw is just super pink.
 

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So with sore hocks, depending on the stage, it is not always expected that what has already formed will 'disappear' (i.e. it will look like a regular, fur-covered hock again). It may and does for some rabbits, but for others, a lot treating sore hocks is simply eliminating the reddening/worsening (i.e. getting significant larger/spreading/bursting) of the hock callous/blister. It may be lighting, but the latter picture from your first post to your most recent seems like it is less red (?) which is improvement, unless what I see in the 'left back-blister' image is a burst blister-- hard to make it out clearly with the fur. I know it's hard to take these pictures.
 

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So with sore hocks, depending on the stage, it is not always expected that what has already formed will 'disappear' (i.e. it will look like a regular, fur-covered hock again). It may and does for some rabbits, but for others, a lot treating sore hocks is simply eliminating the reddening/worsening (i.e. getting significant larger/spreading/bursting) of the hock callous/blister. It may be lighting, but the latter picture from your first post to your most recent seems like it is less red (?) which is improvement, unless what I see in the 'left back-blister' image is a burst blister-- hard to make it out clearly with the fur. I know it's hard to take these pictures.
About the Left back blister pic, before there was never a blister but yeah, it's a burst blister seems like. I didn't see her hocks at all, only through the pics, it was my brother that took the pics and told me what it looked like since Odyssey's too fussy for me to do both at once and if I try using a mirror she charges at it and tries to attack it.
Okay thanks!
 

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Apollo got sore hocks after two months of us having him. He still has them (two years later). For a long time, his hocks got worse, then they didn't change, then they got a lot better, but the hairloss is still there and I'm always checking them still. They're checked once a week by me, and once every 6 months (or more) by my vet.

Odysseys aren't too bad at the moment, but I'd just make sure that she's a healthy weight and that her nails aren't too long. Then I'd try to keep her off of carpet, rough rugs or fleece - you may need to layer a few soft materials down for her.

What worked best for me (though is costly) was changing my carpet to laminate and getting a fluffy rug that covers the middle of the floor but still gives him the option to move elsewhere.

Apollos hock did get bad at one point, and almost split/cut but it didn't, and we were able to just keep him on pain killers.

Is she still binkying and hopping like usual? Has her behaviour changed at all? Does she seem to tiptoe?
 

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Apollo got sore hocks after two months of us having him. He still has them (two years later). For a long time, his hocks got worse, then they didn't change, then they got a lot better, but the hairloss is still there and I'm always checking them still. They're checked once a week by me, and once every 6 months (or more) by my vet.

Odysseys aren't too bad at the moment, but I'd just make sure that she's a healthy weight and that her nails aren't too long. Then I'd try to keep her off of carpet, rough rugs or fleece - you may need to layer a few soft materials down for her.

What worked best for me (though is costly) was changing my carpet to laminate and getting a fluffy rug that covers the middle of the floor but still gives him the option to move elsewhere.

Apollos hock did get bad at one point, and almost split/cut but it didn't, and we were able to just keep him on pain killers.

Is she still binkying and hopping like usual? Has her behaviour changed at all? Does she seem to tiptoe?
Yea, her behaviour is still normal. She literally zoomies everywhere still instead of regular hopping so I'm pretty sure it doesn't affect her.
I'm not really sure if she's overweight or not but since I got her when she was 4 months, she's stayed the same 4.2lb so I'm assuming she's fine.
Fleece isn't good? I've always thought it was good since it was soft.
I'll see if I can find something to lay down over the carpet- our whole house except for kitchen and bathrooms is carpet so it'll be hard.
Thank you so mch!
 

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The best way to check if she's a bathymetry weight is that you should be able to feel her hips and spine without pressing too hard, but you shouldn't be able to see them. Fleece generally isn't great for rabbits with sore hocks because it can cause friction and be fairly abrasive. When we were are our worst stage, I had loads of layers but fleece was always on the bottom or in the middle to be safe. If you have a spare duvet, that would work x
 

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The best way to check if she's a bathymetry weight is that you should be able to feel her hips and spine without pressing too hard, but you shouldn't be able to see them. Fleece generally isn't great for rabbits with sore hocks because it can cause friction and be fairly abrasive. When we were are our worst stage, I had loads of layers but fleece was always on the bottom or in the middle to be safe. If you have a spare duvet, that would work x
Hmm okay. I can feel them without pressing at all so idk if she's underweight then?
Ah, okay. I'll try putting a different material on top.
I'll look for one thanks!
 

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She's probably healthy weight. I have to burrow through Apollos thick fur so need to press a little harder but he's still healthy. As long as you can't see her ribs, but can still feel her spine and hips, she's probably good. My underweight buns spine and hips were visible, and had a completely different diet to a regular bunny (whether it was caused by health problems, fast metabolism or both, I don't know)
 

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