My rabbit hurt her leg

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My rabbit is 9 months old and she caught her leg on her cage. She got herself free before I could do anything. She hopped behind her cage (for privacy I think) and just stayed there for a while. She would move to the other side of the cage too. After an hour she began to move around and eat and drink. I noticed that she isn‘t putting weight on her left back foot. Could her leg be broken, dislocated, or sprained? What should I do? I have her in a confined area because I read that’s what you should do. Vet visits seem to be extremely pricey especially since I’m a college student. I’m very willing to go the vet, but I don’t want to spend $500+ if they are just going to tell me something someone on this forum could tell me. Thank you and any advice will be so appreciated.
 

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It could be broken. Yes, I would confine and restrict movement, and monitor eating/drinking. If she isn't back to normal by morning, I would phone a vet and get her seen asap.

There's no way to know for sure if it's a break without having xrays done. If it's fractured, what's recommended depends on where the fracture is and how severe it is. The vet may just prescribe pain meds and confining and restricting movement for 4-6 weeks, may splint, may suggest pinning(an expensive option), or even amputation is sometimes the best option. If she stops eating because of pain, then that is an emergency and she needs to be seen tomorrow. Rabbits shouldn't go without eating more than 12-24 hours.

Medirabbit (bone fractures in rabbits, contains graphic medical related photos)

 

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Our tortie-dutch mysteriously couldn't put weight on her leg one morning when I came to give her breakfast. She was always periscoping to greet me. I immediately got her to our DVM. Xray showed a fractured femur. Four options given to me; surgery for pins and plate, amputation, euthanasia on the spot, wait n see with restriction in a small area to allow a callous to form over the fx. One level, no litter box, etc. I chose the last option as my senior girl would not have done well with the first two options. She was very dependent on me and easily stressed. A callous did form. She had pain meds to help her thru the 4-6 weeks in a very small padded area. I conferred with several individuals in disabled rabbit groups for advice.
 

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where do you find this disabled rabbit group? my bunny doesnt put weight on his right foot after falling from our terrace and we dont have any exotic vets in our place :(
 

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Thank you for your help. Luckily my baby girl has been eating and drinking and hopping around. She even stretched out her back legs! She seems back to her old self.
 
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