Conjunctivitis is a really annoying problem, more than once we have suffered it. But Did you know that conjunctivitis also occurs in rabbits? It may come from different causes and you will need treatment. If you have a rabbit, read the post and find out everything about conjunctivitis.
What is conjunctivitis in rabbits
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the eyelid, which can be internally, externally or both. It can be a consequence of a bacterial, viral infection, or an allergic reaction.
Conjunctivitis in rabbits is very common, especially among domestic ones. About 30% of pet rabbits will develop conjunctivitis at some time in their life.
Causes of conjunctivitis in rabbits
The causes of conjunctivitis in rabbits can be very varied:
- Environmental causes: In many cases, pet rabbits develop conjunctivitis without infection, only by mere allergy to elements such as hay dust or contact irritation.
- Dental causes: Although it seems strange, conjunctivitis in rabbits can be related to a dental problem. There are usually cases of chronic conjunctivitis due to teeth or dental roots that swell and press on the tear ducts. It is usually necessary to extract the problematic teeth, although the veterinarian will determine the best possible treatment. Poor feeding, especially during the rabbit's growth period, can result in a deterioration of dental roots, which increases the risk of conjunctivitis and other problems.
- Infection: you should never ignore your rabbit's conjunctivitis, as it is often a sign that there is an infection, especially respiratory infections.
- Genetics: Some rabbits suffer entropion, an eye condition in which the eyelid turns inward, causing the eyelashes to be in constant contact with the eyeball and favoring infections such as conjunctivitis.
Symptoms of conjunctivitis in rabbits
Young rabbits or young are at greater risk of conjunctivitis. If this happens, the conjunctival membranes, around the eyes, turn red and swell, in addition to generating pus. If the rabbit cannot open his eyes, it means that the pus generation is too large and is accumulating behind the eyelid, causing great pain.
Normally, conjunctivitis in rabbits causes a state of reluctance, lethargy and lack of appetite, due to discomfort. In addition, you will see that your rabbit rubs his eyes insistently, seeking relief without success. The hairs around the eye will become entangled due to manipulation and the accumulation of tear or legañas.
Treatment of conjunctivitis in rabbits
If you think your rabbit has conjunctivitis, It is important that you go to the vet before the situation gets worse, especially if you see that pus is producing. It is important to treat any infection as soon as possible, without a diagnosis it will not be possible to determine the most appropriate treatment. Further, It could be a secondary infection due to a major problem!
It is essential that you follow the treatment recommended by the veterinarian for the appropriate time. Further, the eye must be kept clean of tears and tears, you will have to wash it with gauze or lint-free cloth.
Conjunctivitis in rabbits does not present many complications most of the time, but It is important to go to the vet to make sure the severity level. Remember that hygiene is essential to avoid such problems, keep the rabbit environment clean and disinfected.
My rabbit cries an eye!
Lauraalm on Sun 26 Aug 2012, 14:05
I have a dwarf rabbit of about a year and a half. I only have it as 6 months.
Well, since I have it he cries an eye. It has been getting worse little by little, at first it was very little, it put chamomile and serum and it seemed that it was healing. But I was coming back. and so.
His eye cries and, sometimes, a whitish bisqueous substance comes out of the eyelid below. There are also times that it has that whitish substance in the nostril (but in this case very little).
His teeth grow a lot and those at the top have them totally crooked. Periodically I cut them. This last time I have cut them I have noticed a lot of improvement. He only cries his eye, but that whitish substance does not come out.
I have also read that it may be due to dirt in the cage or to the pee. This is not the case, since he is running around the house, he is not locked in his cage.
As for the food. It has hay and I think. But hay barely eats.
More or less with what I have told you. What do you think that it could be?
Ah. Y. How much money can it cost to take it to the vet? Tell me irresponsible if you want. but I decided to adopt this animal because I assumed that I needed much less care (or, at least, not so many visits to the vet).
Greetings and thanks!
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