sore hocks

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by kellys0611, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. kellys0611

    kellys0611 Guest

    My 1 year old doe Mini Rex has sore hocks on both of her back feet. The hair is gone and the skin is a white/pink. It feels hard like a callous. How can I get rid of them?
  2. westbrook

    westbrook In Remembrance

    May 10, 2002
    The information here is written for meat rabbits but is applicable to pets.

    It is best to place 'drywall' in his cage for him to stand on. Yes, yes ...drywall, the stuff you put on walls of a house. Drywall is "Gypsum" also known as 'Hydrated Calcium Sulfate'. Gypsum is a mineral and will not harm the rabbits, instead they get calcium when eaten.
    What Gypsum (drywall) does is draw out any moisture and infection the rabbit might get from standing on the wire. It also acts a cushion to help ease the weight of the rabbit on the wire.

    (Drywall is very heavy and comes in 4x8 foot sheets. you could break it up and bag it to carry home in your car)

    You could use Cardboard from cardboard boxes if getting drywall is not possible. Cardboard will not harm the rabbits if they eat it either.

    Even the paper from the feed bags is better then nothing.

    Some causes of Sore Hock:

    Floor wire the gage of wire is too small. The wire is saggy or loose, poor support, dirty, rusty.

    Fungus usually shows up this time of the year.... Front feet more then back feet
    Why? No one really knows.

    Humidity also causes sore hocks.

    Staph infection, as soon as the skin is broken or there is a sore spot there is a chance to get Staph, Staph is everywhere!!! With properly administered antibiotics along with extreme sanitation and husbandry, you can get Staph under control.

    Sore hocks is common in very fine boned animals. The skinnier the foot the worse it will get, if it isn't as big as the width of your thumb, then you will have a problem (at least a reasonably substantial thumb) Selection has allot to do with it.

  3. jessandcody

    jessandcody Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    We have a board, just scrap wood left over from our cabin, that we placed in each of our cages. You just don't want to use wood that might have chemicals on it - or wood that is OSB or plywood. The rabbits may chew on it and those woods contain a glue which holds them together.