Why do my rabbits eyes keep watering?

Why do my rabbits eyes keep watering?

Rabbits can develop weepy eyes for many different reasons, and it’s a symptom that is nearly always a sign of a problem (even if the discharge is clear). The most common causes of weepy eyes include dental problems, tear duct disease, eye infections injuries, and irritation.

How does weepy eye affect rabbits?

Abnormal overflow of tears is known as epiphora. While not life-threatening, it can be troublesome and frustrating: constantly wet fur and skin promotes bacterial growth, resulting in inflammation, fur loss, and discomfort. Causes of the problem are varied, so a correct diagnosis is essential for effective treatment.

What causes old eyes watering?

In older adults, persistent watery eyes may occur as the aging skin of the eyelids sags away from the eyeball, allowing tears to accumulate and flow out. Sometimes, excess tear production may cause watery eyes as well.

What helps rabbits with runny eyes?

Hydrocortisone ointment and neomycin may be trialed and has had some success in treating conjunctivitis. If your rabbit is found to have an infection, your veterinarian will suggest an antibiotic to treat the infection and symptoms.

Why are tears coming out of my Rabbit’s Nose?

This duct is a passage for tears between the eye and the nose. If blocked, the drainage of tears is reduced so that they overflow onto the cheek. The veterinarian may flush the duct to remove the debris. A bony obstruction or misshapen eyelid can also effect where the tears go.

What are the symptoms of rabbit eye problems?

‘The most common symptoms of eye problems include clear or milky discharge, swollen eyeballs, or sore skin where tears are constantly flowing down the cheeks,’ explains Claire Speight, a veterinary nurse from the Rabbit Welfare Association.

What to do about a rabbit with tears in his eye?

If blocked, the drainage of tears is reduced so that they overflow onto the cheek. The veterinarian may flush the duct to remove the debris. A bony obstruction or misshapen eyelid can also effect where the tears go.

When to take Your Rabbit to the vet for weepy eyes?

Book an appointment with your vet if your rabbit has weepy eyes, even if they seem ok in themselves – the sooner the problem is treated the better. If your rabbit has weepy eyes, or wet fur surrounding their eyes, this indicates a problem, even if the discharge is clear.

Is it possible to be allergic to rabbits?

Your rabbit probably brought some baggage when he moved in, and it has nothing to do with the doe next door. While allergic reactions to rabbits are certainly possible, the environment is sometimes overlooked as the cause for itchy skin, wheezing, runny noses, and watery eyes.

Is it common for rabbits to have watery eyes?

Even though they eat lots of carrots, eye problems in rabbits are common. A variety of conditions can produce epiphora, or watery eyes, and in the last two years, my six-year-old lop, Holly, has experienced most of them. Since we’ve moved four times in those two years, we’ve seen quite a few veterinarians and collected a lot of information.

This duct is a passage for tears between the eye and the nose. If blocked, the drainage of tears is reduced so that they overflow onto the cheek. The veterinarian may flush the duct to remove the debris. A bony obstruction or misshapen eyelid can also effect where the tears go.

Where are the tears located in a rabbit’s eye?

Normally, protective tears continuously bathe the eye, and are drained away via the nasolacrimal canal (“tear duct”), a tiny, mucous-membrane-lined tube. The opening of the canal, the punctum, is located in the corner of the eye closest to the nose (medial canthus).