Rabbit Eye Issue - What's going on here?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by AuroraSprings, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Can anyone tell me what's going on this bunny's eye? It's other eye is perfectly fine. The littermates and dam are all fine too. A few days ago, it had a tiny bit of eye "boogers", but then I saw THIS yesterday. It was actually crusted shut both days, but I have been wiping it softly to clear out all the gunk before I put anything on it. It doesn't appear to be pinkeye, but I cleaned it yesterday and today and put Terramycin on it. TOf course, the bunny starts cleaning it off as soon as I put it back in the cage with mom. I made it sit with me for about 30 mins today, so the meds could soak in, but otherwise I can't stop it from wiping it all off. Most of the eye seems to be okay, under all that swelling, but towards the bottom is that white spot. I can't tell if it's more "junk" or an abnormality with the eye. These are pictures from today, it was more swollen and red yesterday. It still chows down on fodder and hay everyday. I haven't seen it use the bathroom, but it moves around as much as the others and there is no caked manure. So, I assume this is the only issue. Any and all help is appreciated!


    Other side - perfectly normal eye

  2. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    It's hard to say for sure. Blocked nasolacrimal ducts (ie tear ducts) are not uncommon in rabbits and the inability of tears to drain properly can cause discharge like what you are seeing. Staying constantly wet can cause the skin around the eye to become red and swollen so that may be some of what's going on there. The other thing that I can think that it looks like off the top of my head is a corneal ulcer or scratch. It's not super common, but it can happen if the bunny runs into a piece of hay or straw or catches their eye with a nail while grooming or something. At this point it's probably infected and needs an antibiotic ophthalmic ointment (terramycin should be fine) twice a day for a good 2-3 weeks. Sometimes it can actually take longer than that for a particularly bad ulcer to heal. If you don't see improvement in a week or so it would be a good idea to get it checked by a vet familiar with rabbits. One other thing I wanted to throw out there, although I don't think this is what it looks like at all, but rabbit syphilis often causes lesions on the face around the eyes and nose. If you notice similar symptoms developing in any of the other rabbits this little guy has contact with or you notice scabby, corn-like growths starting to form you need to get to a vet and get the right antibiotic to treat it.

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