Differential diagnosis for a runny eye in rabbits



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Left: Infected closed rabbit eye, due to pain

Right: Same eye, after open, and showing conjunctival infection


Traumatic causes

Foreign body in the eye, e.g. straw dust in the eye


Excessive rubbing

Viral causes

Viral conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva (mucus membrane on the eyeball and eyelids))

Bacterial causes

Bacterial conjunctivitis

Preseptal or orbital cellulitis (infection caused by bacteria (usually streptococci); can lead to tissue damage and blood poisoning if untreated)

 Fungal causes


 Special eye conditions


 Dental causes

Tooth root problems, like presence of an abscess or elongated roots

Eyelid disease

Entropion, or edge of the eyelid that turns inward toward the eye
Ectropion, or turning outward of the eyelid
Distichiasis, or abnormal growth of an eyelash from the meibomian glands along the eyelid margin


Meibomian cysts or chalazion

Basal cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

“Mechanical” causes

Compressive optic neuropathy
Corneal abrasion or ulceration
Dry eye syndrome, due to a hindered production of tears.
Obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct

 Special eye conditions


Surgical causes

Exposure keratopathy, due to anesthesia.



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