Mon, Apr 1, 2024

He was okay last night when I walked out to feed this morning he was acting normal eating everything but his eye was terrible - he likes to try and get to the other bunnies and I think he may have caught himself trying to do so

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The symptoms you've described in your rabbit's eye—swelling, redness, discharge, tearing, and holding the eye closed—could indeed be indicative of conjunctivitis or a corneal scratch or ulcer.

For a corneal scratch or ulcer, the discomfort and tearing are due to the damage to the cornea, which is the clear outer layer of the eye. Conjunctivitis, on the other hand, is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the mucous membrane that covers the front of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or even irritants.

If you notice any of the following additional symptoms, it would be necessary to seek immediate veterinary care: a significant increase in discharge, especially if it's thick or colored; a bad odor coming from the eye; a change in the color or clarity of the cornea; your rabbit becoming lethargic or not eating; or any signs of pain such as grinding his teeth or being uncharacteristically aggressive or withdrawn.

It is best to take your rabbit to the vet if possible.

Remember, eye issues can deteriorate quickly and may lead to more serious complications, including loss of vision, if not treated promptly and appropriately. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.