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    • Aleece
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      Hello all! So I have had Esther for about two and a half months now. When I adopted her she was just recovering from sore hocks (her previous owner kept her in a small metal grated cage without any padding ) Anyway, the sores themselves are no longer open and look fully healed, however she has still not grown back any fur. I took her to the vet about a month ago for a checkup and she did not seem concerned yet I feel like two and half months with no fur growth on them is a long time. I was just wondering if this is normal? She now lives a free roam life and has access to various different surfaces at all times, some including hardwood floors, my bed, carpet, blankets and her bed so she is able to be wherever she feels most comfortable. They do not seem to bother her at all or cause any pain, she is always running around playing with Addie and doing lots of binkies! I was just wondering if anyone else has had any experience with this, thanks so much!


    • DanaNM
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      Hi there, poor Esther, she’s lucky you rescued her!

      My Bertha has a small bald patch on each heel, but it’s covered with a flap of fur. Some people call it the thumping callous. If it’s not red and cracked, it might be normal for her. When I first got her I was concerned it was a sore hock starting, but I kept an eye on it and it’s never changed. I’m thinking if it isn’t changing (and the vet said it’s OK) it might just be her normal?

      Can you post a photo?


    • Rebecca&Oscar
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      Hi
      My little guy has sore hocks which I have to monitor regularly. My vet suggested getting active floor mats like these ( https://www.target.com.au/p/target-active-4-pack-eva-floor-mat/60198716 ) however I was worried about him biting them so they are wrapped in a sheet or blanket (depending on the weather). Another option is seagrass mats as they promote your rabbit to use their claws (I was told) instead of the back of their foot. I have used these ideas and his fur is growing back but it’s hard because he loves walking, sleeping, playing on the tiles :/
      Anyway, those are what I use to manage his sore hocks hope they help


    • Bunny House
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      Once the hocks have calloused there are no more hair follicles there that can grow back so as the others mentioned, providing soft substrate is the only option going forward. Mine love memory foam bath mats that you can buy cheap at outlet places like Tuesday Mornings or big lots so it doesn’t break the bank


    • Aleece
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      Thanks so much for all the help everyone! I feel much better now☺️ Hope you all have a great day!


    • Bunny House
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      Let us know if you have any more questions!

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