Question i got an abandoned rabbit, not had her long, after few weeks i noticed she wasnt using her back legs , i took her to the vet, they gave her anti inflammatry injection and said there wasnt anything broken. i fetched her in from the cold as its snowing so she is in my kitchen , but becuase she isnt using her back legs, she is weeing on herself and making all her legs red raw. iv been putting sudocrem on her wound, and tried covering it but it dont last at all, and the redness is looking like its getting worse. iv been wiping her down everyday and cleaning her bed out. she is eating fresh food but not much hard rabbit food or water . i really would like to know how best to heal her leg sore if its possible .. or in severe pain
Answer Dear Nicola,
What a lucky bunny to have found such a caring "mom." She may be showing the effects of a parasite, Encephalitozoon cuniculi. Some helpful articles might give you an idea of what can be done:
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