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Red eye is a common health issue rabbits tend to suffer from, it's a painful condition that causes irritation and swelling around the eye and/or on their eyelids. As soon as you notice there may be a problem, you need to make an appointment with the vet to check things out because there may well be an underlying problem that's bought the condition on. This includes quite a few systemic diseases which could prove more serious than red eye itself.
Although the symptoms of red eye can depend on the underlying cause of the condition, there are some common signs to look out for which could include the following:
Due to the fact there could many causes for red eye to rear its ugly head, it makes it very hard for vets to identify the exact cause of the condition. With this said, there are some factors which may include the following:
You would need to take your pet to a vet who treats rabbits – not all vets do, so this is something you need to check out with the surgery. The vet will perform numerous tests in order to diagnose the cause of the condition. These tests may include taking skin cultures and they may examine the rabbit's eyes to make sure there are no cataracts or other ocular diseases developing which could not only impair your pet's vision but overall health too.
However, if the vet still cannot diagnose the condition after having carried out these initial tests, they may want to do more specialist tests which might well include the following:
The treatment a vet may advise really does depend very much on the underlying cause of the condition. One example of this would be if the cause of red eye is due to dental disease extracting the tooth may be deemed necessary and as such cure the Red Eye. However, if the cause is bacterial, the vet may well prescribe a course of antibiotics for the rabbit to take.
Red eye is a very painful condition and as such vets usually give rabbits with the condition, a topical anti-inflammatory medicine which helps alleviate the discomfort. Sometimes, a rabbit may well need a short course of topical steroid medication and this is particularly the case if the rabbit is suffering from ulcers or if the healing process is taking too long.
If your rabbit has contracted red eye, then immediate treatment needs to be administered after a correct diagnosis has been reached by a vet. However, the after care you offer your pet is crucial with some rabbits need longer term pain management than others. You may find your pet needs to have repeat eye examinations at the vets to make sure the healing process is going well and that any inflammation is being properly managed. Should too much pressure be on the eye for too long, this could lead to the rabbit going blind which is why it's crucial to stabilise the pressure.
Rabbits are lovely creatures and they can bring a lot of pleasure to children as their first pet. However, when they are sick, they need veterinary attention as quickly as possible to prevent any condition they may be suffering from getting any worse and causing them undue discomfort. Red eye is painful and needs immediate treatment but only after a vet has correctly diagnosed what the underlying cause might be. Once the vet has diagnosed and treated a rabbit with the correct medication, the after care you give your pet is crucial for them to make a full recovery.
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