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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > DIET & CARE > Please help baby bunny has only one eye open
Last Post by LBJ10 at 6/28/2015 10:52 AM (8 Replies)
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User is Offline Flo
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5/17/2007 3:26 PM
What can  i do to help bunny open other eye it is 2 weeks old should i bathe eye in warm water???  Id hate this bunny too lose sight in one eye.

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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5/17/2007 5:30 PM
From the sources I looked at below.. I would say YES open your baby bunny's eye.. either by massage and then physical opening.. or warm water.. and opening..

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Domestic rabbits are born deaf, blind and furless. Only jack rabbits are born fully furred with eyes wide open ready to run. The babies should begin to have noticeable fur by three days of age.

The eyes will open at ten to twelve days. If you notice most have their eyes open by twelve days, check the ones with their eyes closed very carefully to be sure they aren't matted shut from a bacterial infection. Wipe the eyes with a warm wash cloth to see if they will open. If they produce pus or other matter, treat them with an ophthalmic antibiotic or Nitrofurazone Powder twice a day until clear. Be sure to clean them thoroughly before each application of ointment, drops or powder.

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At 10-12 days old, bunnies' eyes open. Once a while, a bunny has problem in opening one or both eyes by itself. By the 13th day, if the eyes are still not unopen, I'll wet the bunnies' unopen eyes, lightly massage a little then use my fingers to open them. If left without help, the unopen eyes may be become blind.

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 MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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5/18/2007 2:40 PM
Hi! Were you able to try LillyBear's advice? If its not working, I have a couple rescue friends that I will ask some advice from, we have been saving a lot of mom buns in Garden Grove recently so we've got a lot of little buns running around! It seems like LillyBear found some excellent advice tho, so I hope it is working OK.

User is Offline BB
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5/18/2007 9:23 PM
Yes, I am interested too! Babies are new territory for me, so I always soak up any new info. Let us know how Lillybear's advice worked.

User is Offline Flo
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5/19/2007 5:41 PM

Yes perfect advice warm water gently on their eyes with a flannel opened them up perfectly!!

All going well this end with baby buns, though have never seen Thunder our newly neurtered male sooooooooo quiet he wont even venture out of cage?  Its been 2 days since op is that normal?

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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5/19/2007 8:26 PM
Hi! Is Thunder eating OK?  Usually males recover from the neuter quite a bit faster than the females, but of course it depends on the bunny, so he could just be having a longer recovery time.  Make sure that he is eating food and drinking water, if you notice he is not doing either one of these, please post and let us know, I know a lot of people (including myself) have had to deal with bunnies have a little bit of trouble getting their appetite back after surgery.  Here are just a few quick tips:

1) Feed him treats and veg that you know he likes (with cilantro and parsley, I always break the stem so the bunny can smell the veg!)
2) Mash up pellets with water (1 part pellets 2 parts water is what I usually do) and syringe feed this to the bunny
3) Add a bit of apple juice to the water to make it more appetizing, or syringe feed water

Good luck, let us know how Thunder is!

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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5/20/2007 8:47 AM
so glad to hear Lilybear's suggestion worked- that's great.

Its actually good if he's taking it easy post neuter for a few days, since you don't want him to over do it. But, if he's not eating or if he is posturing like he's in pain or grinding his teeth - then it's cause for concern. How's he doing today?
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Sydnee
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6/28/2015 10:17 AM
Hi! My baby bunny Houdini (because he escapes) only has one eye open right now. He is about 10 weeks old. One eye is completely fine but his left eye is almost completely closed shut. What should I do to reopen it?

User is Offline LBJ10
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6/28/2015 10:52 AM
Welcome to BB Sydnee! This thread is 7 years old. We ask people not to bring up old threads because it causes confusion. Someone will click on this thread and read through all of the stuff above, only to find that it is completely irrelevant now. I will start a new thread for you and lock this one. People will see your post more quickly that way too.
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