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Title: Broken back
Description: Sorry but please help!


3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 01:28 AM (GMT)
I know I just posted this in the ER but this checked more I think. How can you tell if a rabbit has broken its back? Do they ever heal? Or will we have to put it down? Could the rabbit just have broken its legs? We were tattooing it and afterwards it couldn't use its back legs! :(

AWall - May 14, 2011 01:30 AM (GMT)
Did the rabbit struggle to escape? Not being able to control the rear legs sounds like a broken back. Has the rabbit peed or pooped itself? That's also a sign.

3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 01:33 AM (GMT)
Yes it struggled a bit. An it did loose control of its bowel movements. :'( will we have to put it down??

4kr - May 14, 2011 01:43 AM (GMT)
Yikes. It does sound like a broken back. :( I'm sorry...I don't think there's anything you can do. I'm sure the rabbit could learn to adapt without the use of the hind legs but it could lead to other problems down the road, such as soiling and sores. :( ((hugs)) See how he is in the morning.

3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 01:47 AM (GMT)
:cry: He's A baby and with his siblings and mother. Will they hurt him should we separate him? I did think I felt a twinge in his hip. Could it just be a left over reflex? He is the best in the litter too. :bawl:

4kr - May 14, 2011 01:53 AM (GMT)
That's terrible! I'm so sorry this has happened to you. Just know that it's not your fault, these things happen. I would wait and see how he is tomorrow and probably separating him for now would be good so that he isn't stressed by the other rabbits and can rest by not attempting to move around. Keep us updated.

AWall - May 14, 2011 02:04 AM (GMT)
There's nothing you can do for a broken back. I'd put him down.

OakRidgeRabbits - May 14, 2011 02:44 AM (GMT)
I'm sorry to hear that this has happened.

I know a lot of people say to restrain the rabbit while tattooing, but for future reference, I have had quite a few people tell me lately to let the bunny go and cool off for a moment if they start struggling. Restraining them can make it easier for them to snap their back. :(

SBM Rabbitry - May 14, 2011 02:45 AM (GMT)
Not trying to get you upset :hug: but my friend had the same thing happen to him last week and the teenage doe died the next morning :bawl: she was the best one as well
Hope the poor thing make it, but if it is a broken back the best thing i would do is put it down so it wont keep struggling
:pray: :pray: :pray: :pray:

jmemt - May 14, 2011 10:38 AM (GMT)
I know someone that took a rabbit that broke its back and put it in a carrier with hay packed around the rabbit so it could not move. The back healed and in fact she had the rabbit at the last show I was at.
A Vet that judges in this area checked the rabbit and said he could not even feel the break. He had also been at the show where the rabbit broke its back while being tattooed.

It may not work for your rabbit but you could give it a try.

TCFarms - May 14, 2011 11:37 AM (GMT)
When I fist got into rabbit years ago I was like 14. I had a nice big cali buck and the high school gave me a small dutch doe to go in with my buck. I put her to his cage and he bred with her. He was way too big for her and he broke her back. She scream it was the worse thing ever to see. I took her to the vets and had to put her down.

I feel so bad for you sorry this has happened but don't blame yourself. :cry: :cry:

HendricksHearth - May 14, 2011 12:48 PM (GMT)
I agree with Joni- IF the baby does not show signs of pain, you could try to confine movement in a hay box for a day or two and see if there is any improvement. It could just be that part of the spine was traumatized, but not actually broken. Some youngsters show an amazing ability to recover from inflammation, etc.

That said, if there is no sign of improvement or if the bunny is in pain then the most humane thing would be to put them down IMHO.

Best of luck,

Lauren

Basketbagley - May 14, 2011 02:07 PM (GMT)
OMGosh!!! I'm so sorry!!! I'm heart broken for you! I will be scared now getting my rabbits tattooed!! How horrible!!! :cry:

cajenner - May 14, 2011 05:22 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (HendricksHearth @ May 14 2011, 06:48 AM)
I agree with Joni- IF the baby does not show signs of pain, you could try to confine movement in a hay box for a day or two and see if there is any improvement. It could just be that part of the spine was traumatized, but not actually broken. Some youngsters show an amazing ability to recover from inflammation, etc.

That said, if there is no sign of improvement or if the bunny is in pain then the most humane thing would be to put them down IMHO.

Best of luck,

Lauren

I agree too! There could have been some trauma and not a break, any amount of swelling to the spinal area could have caused the issue with it's legs. Try to keep the bun from moving around too much, give it a few days and see what happens? :pat:

3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 05:41 PM (GMT)
I think were going to try the hay. He shows no signs of pain never did. Also when I felt along his spine I couldn't even feel a bump. His spine had no definate break. I hope it's just trauma so bad!!

3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (GMT)
How do you put him in the hay box? Do you put the hay around him or under him or what?

jmemt - May 14, 2011 08:07 PM (GMT)
Put him in a small carrier. Pack the hay on both sides of him so he can't turn around. You can put his food and water dish in front of him. You want him as still as possible.

I've seen these cases go both ways, but am hoping for the best for your little guy

3bearrabbitry - May 14, 2011 08:10 PM (GMT)
Thank you!! He's in there now. How long does he stay in there?

jmemt - May 14, 2011 08:19 PM (GMT)
Thats what I'm not sure of. Hopefully someone else can help. Seems like the person who had the rabbit get better only had it in there for two weeks. Good thing about babies is they heal fast.
I think I'd check after a week for improvement. Hopefully someone else can give you some help on the time. :)

OakRidgeRabbits - May 14, 2011 11:42 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (jmemt @ May 14 2011, 03:19 PM)
Thats what I'm not sure of. Hopefully someone else can help. Seems like the person who had the rabbit get better only had it in there for two weeks. Good thing about babies is they heal fast.
I think I'd check after a week for improvement. Hopefully someone else can give you some help on the time. :)

This is what I have heard to try, although I haven't had a broken back yet to deal with here (knock on wood).

I would leave him for 1 week and then let him out to check his progress. If he has improved and is moving around easier, I would leave him another week and then play it by ear from there. If there is no improvement after a week, I think it may be best to consider euthanasia just because it is very difficult to keep rabbits with hind end paralysis clean and healthy- especially a wool breed. :(

3bearrabbitry - May 15, 2011 03:34 AM (GMT)
Thanks everyone for the help. :) we really appreciate it so much! I think he might make it. We recently had friends who had to put down a bun because of a broken back while tattooing. They said theirs looked a lot more lifeless. Ours looks like a normal bun w/ back legs and bowels that don't work. But thanks again to everyone who helped. Thanks so much :)

3bearrabbitry - May 15, 2011 03:40 AM (GMT)
He died.

3bearrabbitry - May 18, 2011 10:12 PM (GMT)
We lost him yesterday. :angelbun: :bawl: He was doing so well the last couple of days. :( Then yesterday he stopped looking good. He was no longer kissing our fingers or pushing him head up to be petted. :cry: At least he died naturally and we didn't have to put him down. :bawl:

Basketbagley - May 18, 2011 11:40 PM (GMT)
OH NO!!! :cry: I'm so sorry! I was really rooting for the lil guy!!! so sad :cry:

sidd-says-gimme - May 19, 2011 12:29 PM (GMT)
I'm sorry. :cry:

RIP Benji. :angelbun:




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