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WWYD? Rabbit with eye swollen shut

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by stone_family3, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was keeping chickie (a stray NZ mix doe) in a bottom cage and Belldandy (mini lop doe) in a top cage with her mini lop mix baby. During feeding time I opened the top cage and Belldandy ran straight down into the bottom cage (originally one large cage for mini lop and her baby). She immediately started attacking Chickie and appears to got her eye. I cleaned it several times with warm water, but now it is all swollen shut. Do I just keep it clean and the swelling will go down on it's own? Before it became swollen she was using the eye and appeared to be seeing out of it.

    Unfortunately Chickie is very untame and hard to handle, I had her in with the two other strays I have (but they are male and were beating her up).


    Also I've removed the baby from it's mama's cage because she has decided to be mean to it, could be because at 9 weeks old it's still trying to nurse and Mama is done with that. LOL.

    I also posted on backyardherds, but thought I'd try here as well.
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I think as long as you keep it clean the swelling will go down in a few days. I did a quick search for similar situations and many suggest a eye drop to help it heal faster. I hope she recovers soon [​IMG]
     
  3. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I managed to tackle her down and clean it again. Unfortunately I don't think will help her warm up to us [​IMG]
     
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    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Good to hear she got it cleaned again. Is she still pretty active? It's ok it took months for Flemish giant to warm up to me. He's alot better now...But still doesn't like to be picked up [​IMG]
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say moderately active, she honestly only runs to hide and thumps. She was probably born outside and spent all spring thru fall in the wild.
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She really sounds like a fighter. Her being active is a good sign. I really hope she pulls through [​IMG]
     
  7. georgeandmildredgoose

    georgeandmildredgoose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rabbits can be so mean to each other [​IMG]
    if it was me i woud do exactly as you are doing, bathing the eye to keep it clean. i would also get some eye drops to help stop infection. make sure they are drops which are ok to use in corneal abrasion, as the eye its self may be scratched.
    its so tough to look after something that doesnt like to be handled......good luck.
    btw is it just one eye?
    is chickie eating well?
     
  8. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Chickie is eating and drinking fine and yes it is just the one eye. Do you have any drop recommendations?
     
  9. Fawkes

    Fawkes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Manuka honey is used on rabbits with infections and abscesses, but considering it's on her eyelid I imagine honey would get in her eye and that wouldn't be good. If you could put a VERY small amount, not enough that it would get in her eye, that would help prevent infection. Rabbits are very prone to abscesses (caused by infection) so keep it as clean as possible.

    Needs to be UMF manuka honey with a rating of 16+

    Edit: Wait, I may have read this wrong, I thought the eye lid was cut
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2011
  10. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

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    I love Terramycn[sp] for anything eye related.
     

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