What is Red Eye in Rabbits?

Do you know what is red eye in rabbits? You've heard of people having pink eye, you may have even had it, but did you know your pet rabbit can get something called red eye?  Red eye is actually fairly common in rabbits. This article will discuss the symptoms of treatments for red eye in rabbits.

Red eye is when the eye becomes irritated and swelling may even occur. The eye appears red because of the blood vessels in the eyeball. Red eye is typically a condition of another illness or disease. There are many different reasons for a rabbit to get red eye. Red eye can be caused by a dental disorder, bacterial infection, glaucoma, fungal infection in the eye, or conjunctivitis.

Conjunctivitis is common in rabbits, it is usually the result of a respiratory infection or allergies. Bacterial infections and keratitis, a fungal infection of the cornea can also result in red eye. glaucoma can cause red eye and if left untreated this condition can actually cause a rabbit to become blind. It may be surprising that dental problems can affect a rabbit's eye, however inflammation in the mouth or a tooth root can block a tear duct.

Symptoms of red eye in rabbits include red-colored eyeball, swollen eyelids, eye or nasal discharge, lethargy, depression, hair loss around eyes and nose, and abnormal posture.  Other symptoms may occur depending on the underlying cause of the red eye.

If you notice red eye consult a veterinarian. Veterinarians will examine a rabbit's eyes and run various tests to properly diagnose the cause of the red eye. Figuring out the underlying cause will allow for the most effective treatments options to be taken.

If an infection is causing red eye, an antibiotic will be prescribed, if dental problems are the cause, a tooth may be removed. Treatments for red eye vary depending what a veterinarian believed the cause to be. If a rabbit appears to be in pain a veterinarian may also prescribe

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