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Hello Dana,

Thanks for allowing me to ask questions about my rabbit.

My rabbit is 7 years old. In the last three weeks, we noticed patches of fur in front of the eyes were always wet, in the right more so than the left. We took our rabbit to the vet two weeks ago, and was given chloramphenicol eye drop and meloxicam by mouth. Our rabbit had meloxicam one week and  the eye drop for two weeks by now, the eyes are still watery. The eyes themselves seem fine, and the rabbit is otherwise acting like his usual self in terms of eating and grooming.

Could you give us some advice? The skin under the wet fur seem rather uncomfortable, may be due to constant irritation?

Alice

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Dear Alice

I have written a pretty exhausting article about just this problem, which is very common in older rabbits.  Believe it or not, it's usually a dental problem.  Please read:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/weepy.pdf

I hope it helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

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Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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