Case report: 8
week old Wyatt suffering from a broken knee
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Wyatt is a little 8week old bunny who had been found
with a wounded right hind leg. Due to his leg problem, Wyatt could not hop
around easily and using a litter box was difficult. As a result, his perianal
region is soiled with urine and fecals. I am
After examining Wyatt, the vet decided to operate
his leg and try to repair it. He put permanent stitches in the inside of his right
knee, scraped out scar tissue and - if understanding it correctly, cut
ligaments on the outside of knee, as they were pulling too much to the
outside of his body.
He wanted me to keep vet wrap around both feet,
securing them together, and above the knee, so that it forced the knee to
bend. However, there was a chance that this would cause too much breakdown of
skin in fold, so then, I was to try to position him in that same stance in an
upright position forcing the knee to bend and bear weight inside of some
small container such as a round garbage can.
problem: none of those ideas worked. I am continuing the physical therapy, as
they showed me, but the knee is quite swollen today-the fourth day after the
operation- and although I was propping him up on the foot, it is only about
1-2 minute before he falls down.
He is getting
and Metacam (meloxicam) for drugs, and about every hour I go to bend his knee
towards his body. The thing is, the swelling is
making it more difficult to bend in a nice straight line, up to his little
chest. I have been putting some cold packs (not ice- frozen flax seeds in a
small bag) on the knee, but the swelling does seem pretty much in the way.
The vet indicated he wanted me to keep it bending, but I am not sure about
the increased swelling.
I have vet wrap, and I did just try wrapping the
"bad" foot, so he could get traction, but it comes off the foot so
easily, and did not seem to be helping. I just don't think this is going to
help this guy one bit. :(
Wyatt a few months later. His hind leg never took the
right position and remained crooked under his body. His right front leg
bended to the front, a probable ligament weakness related to increased weight
on one limbs. he managed to move around with his
disability well and found a way to sleep. Although Wyatt did not live long,
but did enjoy the life of a happy spoiled bunny.