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I have a three year old... I think her breed is called a holland lopso, or lop. She's colored like a wild cottontail except for white spots on her nose and paws. I don't know if that description helps anything but better safe then sorry.

The fact is, she's recently developed.... Something, in her left eye. Her irises are icy blue, and in the left eye, its like that coloration is spilling into her pupil? It has a glazed look. Like ice over the pupil. It's not too horribly obvious, but its enough to be noticed.
Her pupil dilates just fine, and she seems to still see just fine from that eye, when I wave things next to it for instance. But what is this? I'm thinking its probably serious enough to see a vet over, it looks very strange, but it doesn't seem to be physically effecting her. I haven't a clue what caused it.
Any ideas? Any thoughts? Do you know what this is or what should be done about it?

I'm a little low on money so if a trip to the vet isn't altogether necessary, if there's some treatment that can be given at home, that would be great.

Dear Kirsten,

Without seeing the lesion, I can't really tell what it is.  It sounds as if it could be a cataract, an intra-ocular abscess, or even a corneal ulcer.  Any of those should be checked by a rabbit-experienced vet, though a cataract isn't really treatable.  The others are, though.  You can find vet listings here:

If her eyes are runny, please read:

to find the connection between eyes and dental problems.  They are very common in Holland Lops.

I hope this helps.



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