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My just over 2 month old bunny was behind me when a small ironing board fell over towards him. He ran out of the way and before I could see what happened he was in his tunnel scared to come out. I don't know if he was frightened and ran away and when he moved too fast on the laminent floors he pulled a muscle or the board fell on him.

The board fell 80% on a pillow so the force wouldn't be 100%. He is hopping around with his left leg in the air and not able to stretch it out. However it's been 2 days and he's putting more weight on it and stretching it more now.

We took him to the vet and he wasn't sure (mind you he didn't seem to know what he was talking about) the X-rays to find out are going to cost over $500 and I don't want to spend it if I don't have to but also I love him and want what's best.

He's in pain meds the vet gave us and he seems happier. Any advise or ways I could check and see what's going on? He doesn't flinch if I touch it or move it at all. Only when I pull his leg almost all the way.

I would love any help I can get - he's been such an inspiration in my life I don't want him to be hurt - I feel like a Terrible mom!! 🐰🐰💕💕

Dear Olivia,

You're not a terrible mom.  Accidents happen, and it sounds to me as if Mocha (adorable picture!) dodged a bullet.

If he is putting weight on the foot, then it is not likely broken.  I would stay the course and keep an eye on his progress.  If there is no improvement, or if anything seems to be getting worse, then please find a good *rabbit* vet and have him examined. (A radiograph should not cost $500!)  You can find one here:

Unfortunately, there seems to be a paucity of good rabbit vets in the Great White North.  But I hope that referral list will help.

Healing thoughts coming to you and Mocha,



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I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

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