A very cool but challenging patient: a broken bunny

Mochi is a 1 year old, dwarf bunny who weighs a whole 3 pound.

A bunny with a repaired leg

She is “free rooming”, which means that she doesn’t live in a cage. She has access to the whole house.

Sadly, something happened, unbeknownst to her owner.

She started to hold her back leg awkwardly, acted painful and was reluctant to move.

Her owner took her to the vet:

X-rays revealed the diagnosis: her femur (thigh bone) was shattered.

A bunny with a repaired leg A bunny with a repaired leg

I was called to the Animal Clinic of Morris Plains to fix the fracture. The repair involved using a tiny plate, 7 screws and 2 pins.

A bunny with a repaired leg A bunny with a repaired leg

The bone was smaller than a pencil…

It’s been one of the most challenging fractures I’ve had to repair in a while!

So far, Mochi is recovering smoothly.

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling veterinary surgeon in Pennsylvania & New Jersey. An award-winning author, he loves to share his adventures in practice along with information about vet medicine and surgery that can really help your pets. Dr. Zeltzman specializes in orthopedic, neurologic, cancer, and soft tissue surgeries for dogs, cats, and small exotics. By working with local family vets, he offers the best surgical care, safest anesthesia, and utmost pain management to all his patients. Sign up to get an email when he updates his blog, and follow him on Facebook, too!