"Goopy" Eyes

by Erin
(Gillette, WY)

We recently purchased a mini lop for my son. Several days after bringing her home we noticed one eye had some "goop" around it. It is not colored as far as i can tell, just mats around the eye down. Now it is on both eyes. I raised rabbits as a child but can't for the life of me remember having this issue ever. Any ideas?

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Jan 31, 2012
Goopy Eyes
by: Sylvia

Our bunnies were born Jan 11, 2012. All seemed well. However, one bunny's eyes did not open. We applied warm washcloth and cleaned. Now the eyes are open but look swollen and red. When we cleaned them, a lot of fluid came out. What could be wrong?

***** Karen Sez *****
Sounds like nestbox eyes. This is an infection - conjunctivitis, frequently due to a staff infection, but can also be due to pasteurella.

We recommend Terramycin opthalmic ointment. Lay a ribbon of ointment in the lower lid of both eyes. Do this for several days, until the infection is gone. The success rate is quite high; hope your bunny gets better.

May 04, 2011
About Goopy Eyes
by: Moderator

The news about goopy eyes could be good, or it could be very bad. It all hinges on what's causing the runny eyes.

If your mini lop has gotten some stray bacteria in its eyes, you can cure it with terramycin opthalmic ointment, available at http://astore.amazon.com/raisingrabbit-20?node=10&page=3. Follow the directions on the little tube.

Goopy eyes is sometimes caused by problems with the teeth putting pressure on the tear ducts. You'll need a vet to help you with this cause.

If your rabbit is infected with pasteurella in the eyes, however, you may be in for a long haul, health-wise. Pasteurella is a germ that is incurable. You may be able to topically clear it out of the eye, but the runny eye will eventually return and will progress sooner or later to sneezing, white gunk in the nose, and a multitude of other health challenges. (Sure hate to break this kind of news!)

How to tell the difference? Your vet can help.

You can also treat with Terramycin. If everything gets better for the long term, great. If the goop doesn't get better, or returns after you quit medicating, you may need veterinary assistance, as the problem isn't clearing up with the easy solution(s).

Hope it turns out well!

Apr 25, 2011
"Goopy" eyes
by: Silver Desert Rabbitry

Goopy eyes is also known as Weepy Eye or Conjunctivitis. Be sure to keep your rabbit away from any other rabbits in your home or barn, if you have any other rabbits. I raise New Zealands myself and I had a few with Weepy Eye, but not overly severe.

To cure it, I used Vetericyn. Go to the Vetericyn website and read about it. It is safe enough to spray in and around the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
The website for Vetericyn is >>> www.vetericyn.com

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