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Last Post by LittlePuffyTail at 12/09/2018 9:26 AM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline BonBon
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12/06/2018 10:19 PM

For a bit of context, I have no knowledge of rabbit care other than what I read on here and on the internet. Our family is low income and we cannot go to the vet unless it's an emergency. Though that's the case, I want to keep myself informed and be prepared to help BonBon as best as I can. 

I'm the only one in my family who cares for and frets over BonBon, but due to how BonBon came to our care, I have little knowledge on how to raise a bunny and what BonBon's basic info is. I do not know their sex or age, but after a bit of research, I believe BonBon is female, past 5 months (she had her first shed in October) and she is reaching maturity. 

I decided to make an account after scouring the internet, trying to find out what BonBon's problem is (and how I can relieve it). 

On the 29th of November, I noticed something in BonBon's eye and researched the different types of eye ailments. At the time, I believed that it was hair or eye boogers. The articles I read advised that I leave the eye alone, but it's been more than a week and the spot hasn't left. 

From what I can tell, BonBon isn't showing any signs of irritation (other than when I get in her face and check her eyes). I've rubbed the bottom of her eyelid to see if I can move it to the side and found no results. I checked for crusties in the corners, but she removes them herself perfectly fine. 

Should I be worried? Is this perfectly normal? Is there a way I can help her?

The first image is from the first week (with filter).

You can't see it very well, but if you turn up the brightness on your computer, you can see a white-ish cylinder shape hovering over her lower eyelid. 

Please, any help will put me at ease. I'm the only worrier in the family, but I'm trying my best to keep her afloat while my family sorts out everything. 

User is Offline Asriel and Bombur
Boston, MA
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12/07/2018 4:14 AM
It looks almost like a cataract, but she really should see a vet for it. Yes, being low income with a bunny is a struggle because bunny vets do cost more, but taking her to the vet early on could prevent the expensive emergency vet bill later on. A lot of vets will offer Care Credit, or you can ask for a payment plan. Even getting on pet insurance first will help. Especially if you don't really know anything about her, she really should be in to see a vet to determine if she does have other health issues and her age, because her diet is based on age and weight.

Cataracts are usually do to old age, glaucoma, or E-Cuniculi, two of these require medicine. So it really is important to get her into a bunny-savvy vet to asses the issue.
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User is Offline BonBon
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12/07/2018 2:59 PM

Thank you so much. I'll be sure to let my family know. 

Is there an approximate amount I should expect when visiting a vet? Or does it depend on the clinic? 

User is Offline Asriel and Bombur
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12/07/2018 5:48 PM
It depends. Mine charges $100 a visit, but I’m in Boston with an ASPCA clinic. So I think it really depends on the place.
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User is Offline Bunny House
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12/07/2018 6:56 PM
I agree with A&B, but you have to remember, that’s only the exam fee, that’s not for any treatment or testing that needs to be done, and it can range a lot from clinic to Clinic.

User is Offline BonBon
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12/08/2018 12:19 AM

Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. 

I've been researching nearby pet hospitals and it's a bit pricey in my area. But I'll keep that in mind and make sure I have something saved up for her.


User is Offline bam
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12/08/2018 12:56 AM
A spot like that makes me think of e cuniculi. It's a parasite that is transfered to the bun from its mum before it's even born. Standard treatment is Panacur for 28 days. Response to treatment is often used as diagnostic help, because e cuniculi tests are still notoriously unreliable.

Here is some infor about this condition and about possible other causes http://veteriankey.com/rabbit-uveitis/

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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12/09/2018 9:26 AM
Sorry your bun is dealing with this. I agree with Bam, looks similar to EC eye problems. But no way for us to tell for sure. Keep us updated on the vet.
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