June 22, 2009 04:06 AM Is your rabbit in a wire-bottom cage? She has sore hocks. It is quite common in older, arthritic rabbits living on wire-bottom cages. You need to take her to the vet so your vet can properly clean up her feet and prescribe antibiotics and pain medication. If your rabbit's feet are that raw, your vet might have to wrap them. However, rabbits do not tolerate bandages very well and often take them off. This will require several vet trips for you, but your rabbit will be healthier and happier for it. Also, if your rabbit is on a wire-bottom cage, you need to either lay straw mats across the bottom and replace them as she chews, or get a plastic-bottom cage. She should have a litterbox, anyway, with a recycled paper-product for litter. You can visit my article on litterbox training at if you have not done this before. It is usually pretty easy. For her feet, I would use Carefresh, at least until her feet healed.
Also, if she is outside, you need to bring her inside, and it sounds like this is the case. There are numerous reasons for keeping a rabbit inside such as; (1) they can have heat stroke and die in temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, (2) they are prey animals, and, therefore, food to hawks, owls, coyotes, cats and dogs, (3) "out of site, out of mind" isn't just a saying. outdoor rabbits are more likely to be neglected, which makes for not recognizing illness or injury until it's really bad and perhaps even too late to treat, and (4) fly strike--flies will lay eggs on a rabbit, then the larvae burrows into your rabbit and can cause all sorts of problems, even death.
If you have any more questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit House Rabbit Society website at http://www.rabbit.org. They have all sorts of info on rabbit care and should have some good rabbit-savvy vets listed in your area on their website.
If you cannot take her to the vet, please surrender her to a rescue who can properly care for you. She is miserable right now and can die if things progress as they have been, which is not in her best interest, nor yours. A rabbit rescue should be willing to take her in and care for her, providing her with the treatment she needs and a great home. HRS chapters are in virtually every state, and there are numerous HRS-Affiliated rescues around as well.
I am an HRS License Educator, director of a rabbit rescue and veterinary technician, experienced with rabbits and other small pets.
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