Sunday, April 21, 2013

1383. Rabbit's eye discharge.

A difficult case to follow up. One eye has discharge. Entropion was one cause but the owner did not want surgery.


Eye discharge is due to several causes including infections and traumatic injuries. Best to see a vet. In the meantime, an Elizabeth collar prevents scratching of the eye, but many rabbits don't like wearing it.

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 12:17 AM,> wrote:

This is C, Jenny's friend, again. I'm afraid I have distressing
news. In my previous email, I asked if my rabbit Or's eye condition
would be contagious as I have another rabbit at home. And right now,
I've noticed that my other rabbit (Holland-lop breed, name's H) is
showing a bad eye as well. But H's condition is different from

I described Or's as constantly tearing and clear discharge. But
H's case is built-up crusty YELLOW discharge right around the
eyelids (top and bottom) and is causing him immense discomfort,
especially when I take a cloth and clean the bad eye; he actually
flinches in pain. His eye seems to be bleeding a bit, and I'm not sure
if it's considered an emergency because he is still eating/drinking
and pooping/peeing normally. May I know what I can do to elevate his
situation before a vet's visit? Thank you!

(With regards to Or, I would rather not risk a surgery since he
isn't fully well as you defined. If possible I'll acquire more drops
to ease his condition. Otherwise his condition is still the same as
before, not worsening and neither really improving)


On 8 March 2013 02:28, Kong Yuen Sing <> wrote:
> Mar 8, 2013
> It is difficult to know how the corneal ulcer was created. Whether it was
> due to trauma, infection or acquired entropion?
> It could be due to the irritation from the ingrowing eyelids at the medial
> canthus (acquired entropion), foreign body penetration, hair irritation from
> the surrounding and constant eye rubbing. Whether there is bacteria or not,
> a culture need to be done but you have already used the eye drops. As for
> the treatment, wearing an e-collar is still advised even though the rabbit
> dislikes it.
> On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM,> wrote:
>> Hi Dr Sing,
>> Thanks for the clear diagnosis for my Or this morning. The previous vet
>> has informed me that I can pick up the previously x-rayed image of Orhpi's
>> head at the clinic itself, as they do not fax or email the image to
>> clients... When I have the image I will try to email it to you.
>> One more thing I forgot to ask is, how would the ulcer in the cornea have
>> formed? Could it be a foreign particle that triggered its growth on the
>> cornea? I'm worried because I have another bunny at home, much younger, and
>> I don't want my other bunny to get the same condition. Also, the vet
>> previously told me that the eye condition would not be contagious and spread
>> to other rabbits, but now that it's something else I'm not sure. Please
>> advice, thanks!
>> Regards,
>> C >>
>> On 5 March 2013 07:38, Kong Yuen Sing <> wrote:
>>> I am Dr Sing. Got your email.Thanks.
>>> On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 10:29 PM,> wrote:
>>>> Attn: Dr Sing KY
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I was recommended to your vet by a friend of yours, Jenny. I
>>>> have a 5 year old rabbit (Or) who is currently tearing from one eye
>>>> (since last year 2012). I've previously been to another vet over the course
>>>> of 5 weeks, and this is a summary of how they examined my Or:
>>>> 15th Jan - first appointment, vet gives him duct flushing (NL Duct
>>>> Flush) and prescribes Ciprofloxacin (ciloxan) eye drops, see result one week
>>>> later
>>>> 22nd Jan - still no improvement, vet gives same duct flushing, suggested
>>>> to do xray to see if "teeth are causing the tear duct to flow"
>>>> 29th Jan - went for same flushing again, AND xray, xray reveals nothing.
>>>> Vet prescribes stronger drops called Acular Eyedrops for two weeks, see
>>>> results
>>>> 12th Feb - very slight improvement, vet says don't keep giving him
>>>> drops, only give once in a while. Also gave Protexin fibreplex because Or
>>>> was having diarrhea symptoms on and off.
>>>> (Note: I am unable to obtain a report from the previous clinic as there
>>>> isn't enough time to do so by the upcoming appointment. I hope the above
>>>> information is detailed enough for the time being)
>>>> I am a little apprehensive, as I know it's tougher to diagnose rabbits
>>>> due to their different anatomy structure, and I'm hoping you have a
>>>> different opinion about his condition. And also, a possible breakdown of
>>>> costs for the procedures that may occur.
>>>> I have already fixed an appointment with Dr Sing, for Wednesday 10.30am.
>>>> Thank you, and let me know what you advice :)
>>>> Regards,
>>>> C>>>

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