Bunnies are generally considered to be senior or elder bunnies when they are 6 years of age or older, although Flemish Giants have a much shorter lifespan than, say, Netherland Dwarfs, so the Golden Buckeye eligibility for these rabbits wo
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Elder bunnies usually have some special health care requirements or other needs to be aware of.
bumblefoot or sore hocks) may now develop this condition. While it is more commonly seen in overweight rabbits, even small elderly rabbits at proper weight may now develop problems with their feet and hocks (the hock is the part of the back leg that touches the ground when the bunny sits).
Early signs of pododermatitis include loss of hair on the affected foot and thickening of the skin/calluses; as the condition progresses, swelling and redness develop, and eventually the areas will open and possibly drain.
Pododermatitis is very painful, even in mild cases; it is important to regularly check your bunny all over.
Catching this problem early (at first sign of fur loss) allows for modification of the environment to alleviate the condition: putting fake fleece or plush carpet remnants on the bottom of bunny’s living quarters may be all that is needed (be sure your rabbit does not chew and ingest these fabric surfaces).
Fabric stores carry fake fleece that is perfect for those tender bunny feet. Be sure all flooring is kept clean and dry, and if bunny is overweight, decrease his pellets and increase his exercise (as his sore feet will allow).
More severe foot problems will require veterinary intervention; X-rays may be needed to rule out an infection of the bone, and medications for pain relief and antibiotics are likely to be prescribed. If foot tissue is dead or dying, debridement (surgical removal of the involved tissue) will be
required, and foot may need daily soaks and bandaging with topical medications (medication applied to the feet themselves - only by vets advice. bandages also can cause infection to occur).
Be sure to check your bunny all over at least once a week and consult with your bunny savvy vet for further recommendations on the best way to care for your bunny’s feet.