What to do for eye infections in a rabbit?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by BirdyMe, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I just got two German Angora's from a friend last night. I've raised rabbits for 5 years, but I'm completely new to Angora's! I've spent all morning working to make them more comfortable outside, since they're used to living indoors.

    I brought Remus (the male, albino) inside for a while because he looked cold. He's sleeping underneath the bird cage at the moment. x)

    His eyes look pretty runny, and have some crustiness on the lids. They also look a little puffy. Looks like an eye infection to me....but what should I do for it? What kind of eye drops are safe for him?

    I appreciate any advice! :) And any other angora advice in general!
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Terramycin eye ointment should be fine. Make sure the hair is not getting in the eyes.
  3. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmm...I've never seen the eye ointment before....I'll look for it though. Thanks! :) I did make sure his hair is not getting into his eyes.
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: It comes in a VERY small tube, and is expensive, but works well
    The box is only about 3" long, which actually makes this picture "lifesize" (on my screen anyway)

    I usually find it at TSC
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  5. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the picture! :) They didn't have it at the feed mill....I'll have to go look for it up at Dickey Bub or Orschlen. No TSC close to here. :/ I've been using Vetricyn in his eyes though and it does seem to be helping. Still....I'd like to have some of that Terramycin to keep on hand.

    Thanks all! :)
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    If you can't find Terramycin, see if you can find (at a drug store) Boric Acid powder, and mix it with sterile water to make a weak eyewash solution.

    You can search online to find the right mix.
    You may even find it premixed at some stores

    Some drugstores carry the Terramycin too, since it works on humans as well

    Walgreen's is one that usually has it
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2013
  7. dutchhollow

    dutchhollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2008
    SW IA
    Orshelens should have it, mine does, I used to use the 'eye puffer', look in the cow section, or ask someone. It is a powder in a bottle that you 'puf' into their eyes, we used to raise a lot of rabbits, and this would always clear it up.
  8. K7S10

    K7S10 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    My brother's rabbit had a goopy eye infection one summer. A rabbit breeder friend of ours said to bathe it in warm salt water several times a day. Worked great and cleared it all up!
  9. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks so much for all the input everyone! Remus' eye infection is pretty much gone now, thankfully. I'm almost positive he's mostly blind in his left eye. :/

    Love having these suggestions on hand! Thanks again all! :)

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