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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Intermittent weepy eye

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    • Tails.of.Bunnicula
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      Hi Friends!

      I have a 1 year old rabbit named Momo who has developed a weepy eye.   It is not constant,  it stops weeping for a day or two then starts up again.   I was wondering if it was an allergic reaction to the hay/ getting jabbed while he’s eating.

      I can’t get him in to the vet until Jan 7th(their earliest appointment available).  Do you guys think it’s urgent?  Or will i be ok to wait?  I’m just afraid it will get bacteria build up and turn into something worse?  I’ve never had to deal with eye problems before…

      Any advice would be great,  thank you!


    • LBJ10
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      Is the discharge clear and runny? Or white and goopy? This isn’t true in 100% of cases, but typically a clear and runny discharge suggests it isn’t a bacterial infection. The discharge can be caused by a lot of things including irritation (hay dust in the eye), an injury, a clogged tear duct, and tooth root problems (roots growing into the eye structure). January 7 is a long time, but I would think that as long as he is acting normal otherwise then this wouldn’t necessarily qualify as an emergency. I do understand though. It’s terrible when there are holidays and whatnot since vet offices are closed.


    • Tails.of.Bunnicula
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      Thanks for responding!!

      It is clear discharge, not goopy at all. It actually hasn’t been wet for about 24 hrs now.  I boiled water and put it on a cloth and wiped his eye down, is it possible that it dislodged something in his tear duct I wonder? (I don’t know how deep/intricate their eye system is).

      Other then that,  he binkys, eats normally, flops happily.  He’s not showing any unusual behaviour at all.

      I’d rather get to the bottom of it now though then have it develop into some sort of infection! Oh bunnies,  why do you have to be so stressful 😆

       


    • DanaNM
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      If it’s been good for 24 hours, he could have had something in his eye (like some hay dust) that was bothering him but that you got out.

      I think I would keep his appointment and keep an eye on it for now (no pun intended, lol).

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Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Intermittent weepy eye