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Do Rabbits Get Eye Boogers?

Rabbits are clean animals by nature. For them, grooming is probably as important as eating well. Does it mean that they never have issues with cleaning their fluffy bodies? How about dirt in their eyes? Do rabbits get eye boogers, too?

Do Rabbits Get Eye Boogers?

Unfortunately, rabbits do get eye boogers. In fact, these eye boogers are always so noticeable in rabbits because the rest of their body is completely clean. These stains around the eyes of rabbits can be quite stubborn and they cannot clean them using their paws.

Read on below to learn more about rabbit eye boogers.

Why Do Rabbits Get Eye Boogers?

Crusty eyes in rabbits may only be a temporary problem that will go away on their own. They may have watery eyes because of a one-off irritation, such as your pet poking his eye with hay.

However, if the discharge is persistent, it can be due to an illness. The good news is that it is often something that a course of antibiotics can easily clear up. Just so you know, rabbits are prone to a variety of eye infections.

The moment you notice eye boogers on your bunny’s fur, be sure to clean it right away. They will only worsen if you let them stick around longer. You don’t need to worry if the problem doesn’t occur again.

But if the eye discharge becomes recurrent, it is important to examine things more closely. Any sign of stickiness in your bunny’s eye is never good. It indicates that pus might be leaking from the eye, and you need to clear up the infection using antibiotics.

Why Do Rabbits Have Crusty Eye Boogers?

Sometimes, rabbits get eye boogers if foreign objects, specifically dust, should be removed from their eyes. Your bunny will often clean this up on its own as it goes about with its usual cleaning rituals for the day.

These eye boogers often start to crust around the eyes and the bunny can no longer get these off on its own. In cases like this, the best thing you can do is to help out your rabbit and eliminate the gunk from the eye as gently as you can. Your main goal here is to prevent the crusted gunk from building up so that it doesn’t end up blocking the tear duct of your pet.

If it seems that you are frequently helping remove gunk from the eyes of your bunny, it might also be a good idea to let your vet check on your animal, specifically if you have started noticing some skin irritations around the eyes. Your vet can inform you of potentially more serious concerns that might be the reason for the excess buildup of gunk on your rabbit’s eyes.

Common Rabbit Eye Problems

Rabbit eyes help these animals evade predators. However, due to them being large organs in the small body of a rabbit, the eyes are also prone to numerous health problems.

While most of these eye health concerns are not fatal, these might also be indicators of more serious diseases. When you notice any of the following issues in your bunny’s eyes, you might want to schedule a checkup with your vet soon.

Abscesses

In rabbits, abscesses often imply a more alarming bacterial infection. Abscesses are bumps filled with pus found on the skin of your rabbits like a blister or cysts. Abscesses around the eyes are quite common in bunnies with dental issues with the cheek teeth.

Cataracts 

Older rabbits often develop cataracts in one eye or both. A white cloudy substance is formed on the eye of the rabbit that blocks the light and eventually causes blindness.

Red Eye

A rabbit’s red eye looks almost the same as a human’s pink eye. This occurs when the eye’s blood vessels swell, causing the eye of the bunny to have a pink or red tinge. The condition also occurs together with weepy eyes, swelling, or bumps around the bunny’s eyes.

Weepy Eyes

It is not normal for rabbits to have watery eyes or cry. While weepy eyes are often not a serious health issue on their own, these might indicate bigger problems such as blocked tear ducts, overgrown teeth, irritating eyelashes, and ear infections or injuries.

How to Clean Your Rabbit’s Eyes

Your rabbit cleans its own eyes while it cleans its face by rubbing its fur and licking its paws. But rabbits cannot clear up their eye boogers on their own. The staining that is the result of persistently running tear ducts tends to be very stubborn, not to mention that chronic watery eyes may also be a sign of an illness.

Follow the steps below to clean up the eyes of your rabbit as soon as you notice any discharge:

  • Keep your bunny sedate and calm. You might want to ask for assistance here. You can finish the cleaning routine much faster if someone else will hold your bunny for you.
  • Get a soft cloth and run it under warm water.
  • Hold the damp cloth on the stained spot. Don’t dab or apply any pressure. Just allow the water to soak into your rabbit’s fur. It will help soften the stubborn eye booger.
  • Try to wait for several seconds before wiping. It will help remove the stain. Simply repeat the whole process if the stain persists.
  • You can also gently wash your bunny’s face as needed. Use only a shampoo specially made for rabbits here. The skin pH of rabbits is quite delicate, which means that products meant for cats, dogs, and humans can hurt them.
  • After you are done cleaning the eyes of your rabbit, just leave them for up to 24 hours.

How Often Should You Clean Your Rabbit’s Eyes?

It is recommended to give the eyes of your rabbit a once-over whenever you give your pet a general clean. It shouldn’t be more than once weekly.

Most rabbits can tolerate a less frequent cleaning routine. As mentioned earlier, these animals are naturally clean. They will take care of the health of their eyes as part of their usual grooming regime.

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