Sore Hocks Treatment

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Mariam+Theo

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Since Theo moved inside I have noticed that the fur on his feet was getting thinner and his hocks were turning red. I trimmed his nails, weighed him, and added new flooring options to my room, but nothing has seemed to help. The carpet in my room is a very short and scratchy carpet (which I HATE) but I do not have the money to replace it with something nicer. The sores have continued to get worse to the point that he has a vet appointment tomorrow. That being said, I wanted to know if there is anything else I can do before he goes. I am going to get some baby socks tomorrow and put coconut oil on the sores to see if that helps.
Any help with flooring ideas would be amazing! My room is HUGE so it takes a lot of rugs to completely cover the carpet. I currently have 4 different cotton rugs, puzzle mats, a memory foam mat, and hardwood in my room seeing if that helps. I have heard to use cardboard, but he eats cardboard and I don't want him to get a blockage.
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-Mariam
(The pictures of Theo's right foot are very clear, but he wouldn't stay still for me to get a picture of his left foot :rolleyes:)
 

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If he is good with the litter tray, put some duvets or quilts or soft mattress toppers on the floor and put soft blankets on top. That allows the nails to sink in so there is less pressure on the hocks. The pics don't look too bad. I wouldn't use socks at this stage. Put a little bit of Neosporin without pain relief on the hocks. Rub it in so it gets absorbed and then distract with a treat so he doesn't lick it too much.
 

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Aww poor Theo. Good luck at the vet and I hope you can find a solution 💕
Thank you! I ended up having to reschedule the appointment (so now it is Wednesday) because I had to work an extra hour today. At least now I have extra money to pay for this vet trip!

If he is good with the litter tray, put some duvets or quilts or soft mattress toppers on the floor and put soft blankets on top. That allows the nails to sink in so there is less pressure on the hocks. The pics don't look too bad. I wouldn't use socks at this stage. Put a little bit of Neosporin without pain relief on the hocks. Rub it in so it gets absorbed and then distract with a treat so he doesn't lick it too much.
Thank you so much!
He is AMAZING using the litter box and has never had any accidents. I know we have lots of quilts and I have lots of soft blankets so I will lay those out for him. Thank goodness you don't think his feet look too bad! I have kinda been worried sick over here 😂 I have been using coconut oil but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Since I don't have Neosporin without pain relief can I use some salve that a friend makes? It is 100% all-natural and all the ingredients are safe for rabbits. I can also check with our friend since she has rabbits and find out if she would use it on her own rabbits.
He really really hates it when I have to put stuff on his feet and squirms a lot (he did nip me once 😒). It really has been quite the workout 😂
 

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Thank you! I ended up having to reschedule the appointment (so now it is Wednesday) because I had to work an extra hour today. At least now I have extra money to pay for this vet trip!


Thank you so much!
He is AMAZING using the litter box and has never had any accidents. I know we have lots of quilts and I have lots of soft blankets so I will lay those out for him. Thank goodness you don't think his feet look too bad! I have kinda been worried sick over here 😂 I have been using coconut oil but it doesn't seem to be helping much. Since I don't have Neosporin without pain relief can I use some salve that a friend makes? It is 100% all-natural and all the ingredients are safe for rabbits. I can also check with our friend since she has rabbits and find out if she would use it on her own rabbits.
He really really hates it when I have to put stuff on his feet and squirms a lot (he did nip me once 😒). It really has been quite the workout 😂
You need some ointment with antibiotics. I know the Neosporin without pain relief is safe. Yeah, they hate having their feet touched, not much fun doing this. Let us know what the vet says.
 

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The vet appointment was amazing! Everyone loved him and he loved everyone! He got lots of compliments from the people in the waiting room (since my mom was late picking me up Theo got to meet all the other pet lovers). The vet said Theo is in perfect health except for his feet. She also said that I caught this super early which is very good so I can keep it from getting worse. They didn't send me home with any medicine since they said he doesn't need anything except for super soft flooring. I am going to have to confine him to a playpen with puzzle mats and cotton rugs until his feet heal 😭 He is going to kill me!

He is still mad at me because of the trip, but he should forgive me by tomorrow.
 

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Do you have any fleece you can lay on the floor? That seems to work. I noticed Xiao Wu was about to start getting sore hocks from the concrete at the shelter but it healed nicely after we got her.
 

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Do you have any fleece you can lay on the floor? That seems to work. I noticed Xiao Wu was about to start getting sore hocks from the concrete at the shelter but it healed nicely after we got her.
I do have fleece and I will be laying it out for him to see if that helps. Thanks for the tip!
 

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