Originally Posted by furrybollocks
I noticed a few days ago that my male rabbit had a track of liquid coming from his tear duct, but it looked dry, his eye seemed normal, and he likes to get his feet wet in his water bowl occasionally so I took a few pictures and decided to wait and see if it got better. Today I noticed that, nope, it hasn't, and it looks more raw. He isn't acting strangely and his eye seems fine, so what could be causing this?
Earlier this week:
Hello There! I have been showing rabbits for years now... Here's some questions I want you to answer first.
First of all, is it just his right eye?
How old is he?
Take your hand, get on the side with his eye, and put your hand really close to his eye. His other eye shouldn't be able to see your hand when you do this. See if he closes his eye when you get close. If he doesn't, he may have gone blind in that eye.
There are multiple causes for what is happening to him. He may have Epiphora, (Runny Eyes) that can be caused from the tear ducts being blocked or pushed on.
He could have Pasteurella, a bacteria from hay, bedding, dust, etc. It scratches the cornea. Check to see if he has an inverted eyelid, where you can't see the eyelashes, because they are inside his eye. Look at both sides, and compare them.
If that doesn't seem to be a problem, check his mouth. Pressure on tear ducts from overgrown teeth could be a problem.
Open his mouth with two fingers first like this:
And see if his teeth look like they are in the picture. If they do, open his mouth wider and look inside. If you see any sores or abscesses, or back teeth curling into the upper part of his mouth and applying pressure at all.
I hope this helps you! If you have ANY questions, comment on this thread and I will be happy to help!