How to Care for a Baby Rabbit With Broken Legs

Baby rabbits deserve care, especially rabbits with injuries.
Baby rabbits deserve care, especially rabbits with injuries. (Image: David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Baby rabbits deserve the utmost care from its caregivers, no matter the age or its health status. However, a baby rabbit with broken legs needs even more care than is required for regular baby bunnies. Before you begin to take on a healthcare regimen for your injured rabbit, it is important that you take your rabbit to the veterinarian first and see if he recommends any kind of splints or medicine.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Cloth or cotton ball
  • Kitten Milk Replacer
  • Small carrying cage

Wrap your bunny in a towel and try to keep it as quiet and calm as possible to prevent further injury.

Take your rabbit to a veterinarian immediately if you suspect his limb is broken so the vet can set it.

Put your rabbit into a smaller cage to keep it from moving around too much while it is recovering.

Feed your baby milk from a Kitten Milk Replacer twice per day. Begin at 5 cc for the first week and gradually increase to 30 cc. Let the rabbit eat at its own pace so as not to suffocate it. Place your rabbit in a towel and feed it on your lap.

Imitate the mother rabbit by rubbing a soft cloth or cotton ball over the baby's stomach toward its anus until it finishes urinating and defecating, if the bunny is not weaned.

Wean your rabbit at 4 weeks and begin to feed it oats and hay. If the rabbit has already been weaned at the time of its broke leg, make sure it has enough food and water.

Wait at least 2 weeks before placing your bunny into a bigger cage or allowing it to move around outside of the cage. Ask your vet how long to wait in regard to your bunny; 8 weeks is usually sufficient.

Tips & Warnings

  • Neglecting to take your bunny to a vet immediately may result in permanent injury to the animal.

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