Dago, pet rabbit with pododermatitis

SPECIES: rabbit
RACE: dwarf
SEX: male
AGE: 2 years old
NAME: Dago

Clinical case
Dago is taken to the clinic for a third degree pododermatitis of the left hind leg that has been evolving for several weeks.
Dago had broken his calcaneus in the past, but he had not been operated and the fracture healed imperfectly, with a permanent alteration of the joint angle. This situation greatly limits joint movements.

The affected leg has inflammation and oedema with deep tissue involvement.
An antibiogram of the lesion is performed which highlights the presence of Enterococci. Medical treatment is carried out with antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and local treatments.
To facilitate healing, environmental management is also carefully evaluated: the floor surface dry and soft and BCS check. The latter corrected (body score 3/5).

Dago is subjected to MLS® Laser Therapy: it is performed for 3 weeks with 3 sessions per week. The protocols used are «Wound (infected)» and «Inflammation (chronic)».

After 6 days, rapid granulation of the wound and improvement of locomotion are observed.
The owners continue the daily therapy locally.

The patient is checked again 2 months after the first visit. Almost complete healing is observed except for a small 4 mm scab.

Since the very first sessions of MLS® Laser Therapy the wound has shown a remarkable improvement. The granulation tissue started to develop quickly.
Dago currently moves much better, runs and jumps. Joint movements remain limited, but no inflammation or pain is present on the foot or on the joint.

Courtesy of Dr Cristophe Bulliot ECZM, Exotic Clinic - Nandy, France