This is the first time we’ve had to deal with eye infections in our rabbit litters. I’m a little dumbfounded. I keep the nest boxes very clean as well as the cages.
I’ve been checking on the kits a few times a day and wiping any gooey eyes with a warm washcloth. Everything seemed fine until this morning when I found what I was hoping to avoid, pus in the eye of one of the kits. Pus in the eye is bad news. I called the vet but they wouldn’t recommend or prescribe anything unless I came for a pricey visit first. I can’t justify paying that much to see a vet and then pay for the prescription. After all, this rabbit is going to be in my freezer in 8-10 weeks. Seeing the vet plus the prescription would make for one very expensive meal.
I realize that I must sound harsh but please know that I don’t like seeing this little rabbit suffer. I believe that the baby rabbit has already lost vision in its affected eye. Without the prescription I’m concerned the infection will spread and the kit will die.
I’ve been trying a range of things to help it beat this eye infection. I’ve been wiping its eye every few hours with a warm wet cloth. I also went to the local pharmacy and bought some sterile antibiotic (pink eye) drops that I’ve been putting in regularly. So short of milking the mama rabbit and using her milk to treat the eye infection (which does wonders for a human baby’s eye infections – human breastmilk that is) I’m doing all that I can, but I keep on wondering (and hoping) that I’ve made the right decision.