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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BEHAVIOR > What is wrong with my rabbits eyes?!!
Last Post by BB at 1/15/2007 10:57 PM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline NinaMom
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12/16/2006 3:34 AM

My fixed male rabbit, Chestnut, has a wet spot in the corner of his left eye. Is he sick? What should I do?

HELP ME!!!


User is Offline dmh426
Syracuse, New York
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12/18/2006 3:17 PM
I need to no more. Is it like eye gunk? Does it seem to be leaking out of his eye? Will he let you try to wipe it away? How long has it been there?

User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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12/19/2006 2:18 AM
Hi Nina,

There can be a number of reasons why rabbits have leaky eyes but the most common one is from a blocked tear duct. this site has some useful hints on rabbit health problems. .http://www.rabbitnetwork.org/articl...eyes.shtml

and this is what it has to say about eye problems.
"Blocked tear ducts: Dental problems, inflammation, and other sources can clog your bunny's tear (nasolacrimal) ducts. The ducts run from the inner corner of the eye to the nose and drain the liquid tear film that is constantly formed to protect the eye (this is why when you cry, your nose gets runny). Rabbits only have one duct opening in the eye, and thus are more susceptible to blocks. The tears, instead of draining out, then overflow and leave wet areas around the eye. The condition itself is not painful, but constant tears on the face will cause skin irritation. Without care, the fur becomes soggy and matted around the eye, and the underlying skin will become so irritated that eventually the fur just peels off- events should never get to this point. Until the duct opens, which may take several visits to the vet, gently wipe your bunny's affected eye several times a day to remove the sticky salty tears (try cotton wipes and water), then dry carefully"


Also its importnat that you dnt make a self diagnosis and that you do get chestnut seen by a vet.


User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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12/19/2006 7:20 AM
I'd also recommend getting Chester into the vet, since it could be a blocked duct or even snuffles.
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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1/02/2007 12:23 PM
my bun gets little "sleepies" in the corner of her eye sometimes.. but that is normal.. and she lets me wipe it away.. but its not damp like your buns.. I hope your bun is okay!
Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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1/04/2007 11:42 AM

How is Chestnut now?   If you answered in another later post somewhere else, then don't worry about answering here, as I am making my way through posts, and I'll see it.  But if you didn't post anywhere else, then I'd love to hear an update.


User is Offline NinaMom
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1/14/2007 7:01 AM
His eye is getting better, but it is damp and sticky. I tried to clean it, and that helped, but his eye is still wet (only in the corner)!
What is wrong?

User is Offline Elena Niznik
Glasgow (Scotland)
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1/15/2007 5:39 AM
Nina it definately sounds like a blocked tear duct,. However this can be a sign of dental problems which are yet to show other symptoms. Its important that you keep the area clean but avoid rubbing the area. Gentle bathing with cotton wool and luke warm water should suffice.

Its also really important that you take chestnut to see the vet. Ask him/her to check chestnuts teeth including the spurs.

Has he been eating and drinking? are his poos normal?

Its importnat that you establish what is wrong as soon as possible. If the fur round his eye is left untreated and continues to stay wet it can cause very nasty and painful skin irritation.

I hope that helps. As none of us are vets its important that you do get him checked out.

I hope he gets better soon. x

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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1/15/2007 10:57 PM

Well, once again, Tallullu has said everything I would.

So DITTO! 

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