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What are Weakness?

Hind leg weakness or paralysis is a common disorder that is seen in rabbits and can have many different causes. It is a particularly harsh disease for rabbits as it affects their ability to pass cecotropes through their system, which can severely inhibit their capacity to get enough nutrition if it is left unaddressed. Many rabbits live long lives without the ability to move their hind legs with just a few changes to their environment.

Hind leg paralysis is characterized by the inability to effectively use the back legs. This can have a number of origins which have a variety of symptoms.

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Symptoms of Weakness in Rabbits

Some symptoms specific to the paralysis include:

  • Lack of balance
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Pain along spine
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Shuffling
  • Trembling legs
  • Weakness of one or more limbs

Types

Degenerative Disease

Diseases like cancer and spinal osteoarthritis can wear down the components of the spinal cord over time and inhibit the ability of the rabbit to move its hind legs.

Infection

Parasitic, bacterial, and fungal infections can cause a number of disorders that can lead to weakness or paralysis in rabbits. One of the more notable parasitic infections is known as Encephalitozoon cuniculi.

Toxins

Paralysis can be caused by several toxins, both natural and man-made. Weakness and paralysis caused by toxins must be handled by a veterinary professional. Rabbits are not capable of vomiting, so to remove any toxins from the stomach, they have to be forcibly removed by activated charcoal and gastric lavage. 

Trauma

Trauma to the spine can cause sudden weakness or paralysis by damaging the nerves. Rabbits have been known to jump erratically when frightened and break their own back.

Causes of Weakness in Rabbits

Many diseases and disorders can lead to hind leg weakness and paralysis in the hind legs.

  • Age-related weakness 
  • Arthritis
  • Bacterial infection
  • Cancer
  • Chronic illness
  • Parasitic infection
  • Encephalitozoon cuniculi (e. cuniculi)
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Toxins
  • Vertebral disc disease
  • Vitamin deficiency

Diagnosis of Weakness in Rabbits

When you bring your rabbit into the veterinarian, a physical examination will be completed, with particular attention being paid to the spinal column. Standard blood tests, such as a complete blood count (CBC) and a biochemistry profile can be used to determine if any infections or toxins are present in your rabbit's system. 

An x-ray will also be taken in order to get a better idea of the status of the spine, usually after an opaque dye is injected into the spinal column to help spot anatomical changes in the spine itself. This procedure is called a myelogram. In some cases, a computerized tomography (CT) scan or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan will be able to spot changes that weren’t visible with the traditional x-ray imaging system. If any growths are found, samples will be taken for a biopsy so that the clinic can determine what kind of cancer it is if it is cancerous.

Treatment of Weakness in Rabbits

If your animal is transported to the veterinary clinic in an emergency state, then supportive treatment will be started right away. This generally includes IV fluids to maintain hydration and to ensure that the proper balances of sugars and enzymes continue circulating, and can also include oxygen if respiration is threatened. Treatment beyond supportive measures will be dependent on the underlying condition that is causing the paralysis. 

In the case of infection, the appropriate antibiotic or antifungal medication will be prescribed and should be taken for as long as directed to prevent a reoccurrence of the infection. Rabbits who have broken their backs may be able to heal if only the bones are broken and the nerves are still intact, although a pin may be needed in some situations. If the paralysis is due to a toxin that was ingested recently, your veterinarian may administer vitamin E and activated charcoal as well as perform a gastric lavage, especially since rabbits are unable to vomit to expel the toxin themselves.

Recovery of Weakness in Rabbits

The prognosis for rabbits with rear limb paralysis depends on the amount of damage that has occurred to the spinal cord itself as well as the underlying cause of the disorder. In some cases, it is kinder to euthanize the animal, and there are cases where the rabbit’s range of motion is fully restored. There are also situations in which the rabbit lives on, but remains paralyzed. A rabbit that has paralyzed back legs will need special bedding and a low entry litterbox in its enclosure, as well as assistance in cleaning their ears. Common disorders of paralyzed rabbits to be aware of are urine scald, sore hocks, and pressure sores. These disorders should be minimized or avoided with the appropriate preventative measures.

Weakness Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Smudge
Netherland Dwarf
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weak hind legs and loss of fur

We have noticed in the last week our 6-7 year old rabbit is very unsteady on his back legs, he is no longer cleaning himself and his weight has dropped even though he is eating as normal. He falls on his side but manages to get up again. He is still managing to get around the garden and seems happy to be let out of his hutch. He has also lost fur on his back legs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Many things can start to happen as rabbits age, and he may have a urinary or systemic problem. Since I can't see him, it would be a good idea to have him seen by a veterinarian to see what might be going on, and get treatment for him.

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PJ
Netherland Dwarf
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Hind leg weakness

my rabbit was fine a couple days ago but yesterday I found him covered in wee up to his belly so I had to give him a bath where the urine was which I know is stress full for them and I dried him up and cleaned his hutch and put him back but since then his hind legs have been weak and his toes drag. when he hops around his legs dont follow at first and he wobbles. he is usually a very active cheeky boy but has been quite lethargic for a couple days and wont eat his pellets or even oats which are his fav treat. ive syringe given him some water and he is eating dandelion leaves. any advice?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that PJ needs to see a veterinarian. He may have a systemic disease, or a back injury, as rabbits are very prone to those. A veterinarian will be able to examine him,m see what is going on, and recommend any treatment that PJ may need.

What if there is no veterinary shop near here in my place? What is the best natural way to do? My rabbit is so weak. And his legs are not able to stable. What will I do? Pls reply. Thanks in advance.

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Teet
Holland Lop
8 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg Paralysis

My bunny is about eight months old he got neutered about two months ago. One day about a month later maybe even sooner he started walking funny and hopping weird and the next day he started dragging his foot unable to use it. He could no longer can hop in his potty or at at all I feel so sad. I took him to the vet three times they took x-rays nothing is broken or dislocated and he’s in no pain he has hind leg paralysis though We do not know what caused it he was on a anti-inflammatory medicine he currently is on an antibiotic and prednisone he has been on it for 2 days now. There has been no progress being able to use his legs yet. What are the chances he is able to have full mobility again ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without us knowing the cause for the hind leg paralysis I cannot give you an indication of whether Teet with regain use of the leg or not as any prognosis is tied to the underlying cause; it seems that your Veterinarian has ruled out the usual issues (spinal injury etc…) but as I mentioned, without an underlying cause I cannot give any assurance that it will improve. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowy
French
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hind limb weakness, rush

My rabbit jumped down the stairs and I took her to the vet and they said she has hind limb weakness, she only lies on one side and feels like her spine is going on one side, also, her hair is falling out and her skin is so red and bleeds although I bathe her and dry her once every two days and I change her bedding when ever she pees, please help me on what should I do or be applying at her skin to decrease the rush Note: her X-rays were fine

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The hind leg weakness may be caused by some inflammation caused by the trauma of the fall, rabbits have sensitive backs and it doesn’t take much for there to be an issue. For the rash, I cannot recommend anything specific without examining it first; reach out to your Veterinarian to look at the rash, especially if it appeared after your visit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scruffy
Miniature Lop
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

my 12 week old rabbit jumped out of my arms this morning and landed awkwardly. When I picked him up he struggled and squealed loudly. I put him into his cage and made him comfortable. When I checked on him a little while later he had moved but seemed to be just dragging his back legs. He is eating quite normally and doesn't seem to be in any pain but his legs don't seem to have any feeling in them.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Rabbits are prone to back injuries that can cause temporary or permanent damage. Since I cannot examine him, he needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian to assess his neurologic function and determine if there are treatments that will help him.

My rabbit jumped down the stairs and I took her to the vet and they said she has hind limb weakness, she only lies on one side and feels like her spine is going on one side, also, her hair is falling out and her skin is so red and bleeds although I bathe her and dry her once every two days and I change her bedding when ever she pees, please help me
Note: her X-rays were fine

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Sun
Netherland Dwarf
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hind leg and foot disabled

My bunny was nuetered 3 days ago, since he returned home his right hind leg seems to be paralyzed. His foot is dragging and he shows no pain regarding the issue. He has no resistance, and when he hops it drags behind him. I am wondering if when he got nuetered they could of hit a nerve that disabled his leg? Please help, I am so sad and scared. He was perfectly fine before I took him.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
IT would be very difficult to cause any nerve damage during the neuter, but since he seems to be having this problem since his surgery, it would be best to call and schedule a follow up appointment, so that your veterinarian can assess him and try to determine what happened, and what might be done about it. I hope that all goes well for him!

I also had my rabbit neutered a few days ago and he is experiencing partial paralysis in his right hind leg. I just returned from his veterinarian and he thinks it was caused by the placement of the shot he was given prior to surgery. He prescribed an anti-inflamatory medication called "Meloxicam". He told me this is not a permanent condition but could take months to correct itself.

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scruffy
Mini lop
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Paralysis

My 12 week old bunny jumped out of my arms this morning and when I picked him up he struggled then squealed loudly. I put him in his cage in a comfortable position and when I checked on him again a little later he had moved. He is eating normally, but when he moves he is dragging his hind quarters and there doesn't seem to be any movement in them.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Rabbits are prone to back injuries that can cause temporary or permanent damage. Since I cannot examine him, he needs to be evaluated by a veterinarian to assess his neurologic function and determine if there are treatments that will help him.

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