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Rabbit with very gunky eye

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DeirdreDoo Sun 29-Nov-15 10:17:55

Sorry to post another thread about my poor old rabbit.

He's had a gunky eye since last Thursday, when we picked him up from the vet for a minor procedure, and I thought it would be Ok to wait and see if it improved as he is on Baytril anyway and I read that it's the same drug used to treat an eye infection.

But it's not cleared up and seems worse if anything, and I feel awful for him, as it must be painful, but I'm not sure what to do. I have bathed it in salt water which he didn't enjoy, and am planning to take him in again tomorrow so they can have a look, but I can't think what might be wrong - it could be caused by his teeth apparently? But why would it suddenly present after he had been at the surgery for other treatment, in that case?

And if it's an infection, why isn't it clearing up with the antibiotics? Could anything else have caused it?

Any ideas appreciated - also, should I take him somewhere today or is it alright to leave until tomorrow? I hate to think of him being in pain, though he seems otherwise alright.

I thought of trying to get some Golden eye ointment OTC, or something, but I'm not sure if that's appropriate either.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 29-Nov-15 12:55:17

I read a bit of your other thread - did your rabbit have trouble with his teeth at all? Teeth and eyes in the skull are close together (I'm not falling into the trap of saying the skull of a rodent. I'll get skinned)

Rabbits can't make their eyes water until they rub them (which is why they are used unfrtunately for the Draize test - don't fecking Google it)

He might be a bit dopey after his surgery and his eyes have got gummy. Salt water and non fluffy gauze even if he doth protest, to keep it clean at least.
There might be a hay seed in there too?

Poor bunny sad

fortifiedwithtea Sun 29-Nov-15 13:02:32

Maybe he's scratched his cornea? Vet will give him ointment if its the same treatment as guinea pigs.

Poor bun has been in the wars sad

southeastastra Sun 29-Nov-15 13:04:53

i used to use cold tea bags on gunky rabbit eyes!

DeirdreDoo Sun 29-Nov-15 14:18:59

Thanks all, I am glad it might be something not too awful - I tried to get a look at his teeth but he didn't want me to obvs - the front ones look absolutely fine, but I think it's the back ones that can be a problem isn't it.

Ointment sounds good, I will take him first thing tomorrow, as it looks so sore. I can't imagine what has happened as it was fine when he went in, and then wet when he came home. Perhaps I just didn't notice beforehand? Gahhhh.

Anyway thank you again - I will update tomorrow when we know what it is. I hope they don't have to sedate him again, it's so risky - and traumatic for them both as they have to be separated and bonded again afterwards. Perhaps I will take them in the basket together this time.

DeirdreDoo Sun 29-Nov-15 14:21:08

Oh and no, he's never appeared to have any trouble with his teeth, or any other problems - his brother (not sure if real brother or not!) had E-cuniculi when we got him, and was blind in one eye, and that caught up with him over the summer and his little head went all lopsided and we had to have him PTS sad so I bonded remaining male bun with female bun who had been resistant to bonding before, and it worked really well - they have all been pretty healthy so far, so I hope this is a blip.

DeirdreDoo Mon 30-Nov-15 11:26:52

Ok, been to vets - she checked his teeth and flushed his tear ducts and found nothing <phew>

It looks like he may have scratched his eye on the inside of the wicker basket - I took the old one in a hurry last week and didn't check inside, but there are some sticky out bits of wicker that could easily have hurt him.

I am SUCH a dufus. sad It's going in the bin - I had a lovely fabric one with zips and so on, but gave it away with some baby rabbits we fostered a couple of years ago.

I'm going to get another ASAP. He has some eye repair gel and then fucidin ointment twice a day as well...

sigh! Thank you very much for all your help and kind comments, I am thankful it isn't something serious like his teeth or an abscess etc.

Poor bunny.

fortifiedwithtea Mon 30-Nov-15 13:08:57

Well done for getting him back to the vets so quickly smile Don't be hard on yourself, these small furries will poke themselves on the most innocent of things. Millie Pig has poked her eye twice on hay in her hutch. I try to tell her its for eating not diving in hmm

Its marvellous medicine, bunny will feel so much better tomorrow smile

DeirdreDoo Mon 30-Nov-15 16:12:35

Thank you flowers I am seriously kicking myself! He seems OK in himself and that's the main thing.

LOl at diving piggies grin I can well imagine it!

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 30-Nov-15 21:38:53

I had a gorgeous wicker hedgehog house for our original boar pair. It was fine until our sows got their collective teeth on it, and bit at it so much, it started to unravel, so it had to go.

But as you say, it's these things that can cause the damage.

Hope Mr Rabbit feels better quickly and you acted quick enough to sort him out. Even the first line treatment of bathing it would have helped to soothe his gummy eye.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Mon 30-Nov-15 21:41:00

Ooh that reads a bit weird. Should be "you've acted quick enough" as in you have done (not the hope you have done)

Clear as mud ? wink

DeirdreDoo Tue 01-Dec-15 09:20:21

It's fine, I understand what you mean! smile

His eye looks awful today - I don't know if it should be looking better by now. I guess we have to give it time. She didn't say she had seen a scratch, though she had said she was going to put a 'stain' on it to check? But I don't know if she did or if she just assumed it was a scratch.

He is back in on Saturday for his stitches to come out so will see how it is by then.

fortifiedwithtea Tue 01-Dec-15 09:38:34

Oh dear, poor bun sad Millie's eye injuries have always responded quickly to treatment.

Were you in the room with the vet when she examined bun? Assuming rabbits are the same as guinea pigs; she'd have dropped a special liquid into his eye and shone a light into his eye. The liquid would show any eye damage as green under the special light. Do you remember the vet doing any of that?

Saturday is along time to wait if the treatment isn't working. Maybe take him tomorrow if still no improvement and ring today to see if they have any advice.

DeirdreDoo Tue 01-Dec-15 09:48:55

Thank you, no, I was there initially but then she took him to a different room to examine him and presumably did the dye thing there if she actually did it.
She couldn't find anything else wrong, and didn't specifically say she had seen a scratch or ulcer on the eye which is why I'm wondering if she did that particular test.

I will give them a call if it isn't a bit better by tomorrow. Having read up on some rabbit forums it seems it can take a few weeks to heal up properly.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 01-Dec-15 20:40:51

Mmm maybe guinea eyes respond quicker than rabbits? They secrete a white milky cleaning fluid from their eye ducts. When GP3 had a scratch, I saw it on the Friday, he went to the vet on the Saturday and it had healed (it wasn't the eye that was the trouble though, that was an aside)

YY to keep your vet in the loop, if it isn't improving then they can give you advice.
Maybe do a daily log of photos on your phone to track his progress?

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