Ocular Diseases In Rabbits: Epiphora and Dacryocystitis

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Rabbits with epiphora (watery eye) or dacryocystitis (infection of the tear sac) often present with staining and wetness of fur at the corner of the eye and occasionally accompanied by squinting and redness of the eye, thick mucous discharge or fur loss around the eye.

Epiphora is the production of excessive tears whereas dacryocystitis is the production of mucoid discharge. Causes of ocular discharge include:

  • Dental disease
  • Primary bacterial infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Corneal disease
  • Eyelid problems
  • Foreign body and tear duct problems
  • Environmental irritation by perfumes, fragrances, hair sprays, paint or cooking fumes, smoke, dust, etc.
To effect the best treatment, we will need to first try to identify the underlying cause and in order to do so, certain diagnostic tests may need to be performed before treatment may be instituted.