X-rays immediately revealed the problem - all the spiky protrusions are abnormal bone growth resulting in a very painful condition and gradual weakening of the bone. The only treatment for this type of tumor is limb removal. Jackie had surgery and immediately began adjusting to his new life, minus a leg but also free of pain.
We have several patients who, for one condition or another, have lost use of a limb or eye. As long as the animal is comfortable they can often be managed without surgery, however, pain is a very real component of many of the disease processes. Amputation is the treatment of choice when the non-functional appendage decreases quality of life by acting as a source of pain. Many owners are worried that their pet will not be able to adapt after these surgeries, and are usually very pleasantly surprised by how readily our animal companions are able to cope with these physical limitations.
Jackie is not a normal rabbit due to his condition, but his response to surgery is normal. Yes, he sometimes looses his balance and falls. He has had to have some changes made - he can never be an outdoor hutch rabbit again, and he has trouble with slippery surfaces and cleaning his ears. His life is different than before surgery (check out the new digs at Dr. Kris's house!), but it is also much fuller now that he can live it free of pain.
Happy tails! - Dr. Kris