Runny eyes got better but not completely (Snuffles treatment)

Help Support RabbitsOnline:

pinobunny

Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2021
Messages
18
Reaction score
3
Location
Turkey
My bunny is on 7th day of Baytril treatment for snuffles.He got so much better, no runny nose or breathing problems anymore.He is eating very well and doing binkies etc just like a healthy bunny. But there is just one problem, his runny eyes are not completely treated unlike other symptoms.They are much better than before but still pinkish and little bit watery.What can be the reason, because medication seems to work just fine other than his eyes.There is still atleast a week for treatment to be finished, do you think it will go away completely when this treatment is done?
 

John Wick

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 29, 2019
Messages
504
Reaction score
611
Location
United States
If the other symptoms are going away, it is likely that continued treatment will help the other eye too, unless for some reason it is watery due to an unrelated reason. Notably, sometimes antibiotic treatment for URIs are stopped too soon, so 14 is the absolute minimum typically.
 

JBun

Jenny - Health & Wellness Mod
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 10, 2012
Messages
10,779
Reaction score
6,268
Location
Utah, , USA
You may want to consider continuing the baytril longer, giving it at least 4-6 weeks. It's best to go a little longer than stop the antibiotic treatment prematurely and have the infection come back.

The runny eyes could be from tear ducts clogged with pus from the upper respiratory infection. So if you stop the baytril before that part of the infection is also cleared up, you could end up with the respiratory infection coming back, and this time it could be resistant to the baytril being effective.

If he's not also on an antibiotic eye drop like enrofloxacin, gentamicin, ciprofloxacin, I would suggest starting that as well. This way if the tear ducts are clogged with infection, this will hit the infection from another direction and hopefully get it all cleared up. If you have an experienced rabbit vet to take your rabbit to, it can sometimes help to get the tear ducts flushed out first, though this could require the vet sedating your rabbit. But if your vet isn't experienced with rabbits, I wouldn't suggest having this done, as something could go wrong.
 

pinobunny

Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2021
Messages
18
Reaction score
3
Location
Turkey
T
If the other symptoms are going away, it is likely that continued treatment will help the other eye too, unless for some reason it is watery due to an unrelated reason. Notably, sometimes antibiotic treatment for URIs are stopped too soon, so 14 is the absolute minimum typically.
Thank you🙏🏼
 

pinobunny

Member
Joined
Jun 10, 2021
Messages
18
Reaction score
3
Location
Turkey
You may want to consider continuing the baytril longer, giving it at least 4-6 weeks. It's best to go a little longer than stop the antibiotic treatment prematurely and have the infection come back.

The runny eyes could be from tear ducts clogged with pus from the upper respiratory infection. So if you stop the baytril before that part of the infection is also cleared up, you could end up with the respiratory infection coming back, and this time it could be resistant to the baytril being effective.

If he's not also on an antibiotic eye drop like enrofloxacin, gentamicin, ciprofloxacin, I would suggest starting that as well. This way if the tear ducts are clogged with infection, this will hit the infection from another direction and hopefully get it all cleared up. If you have an experienced rabbit vet to take your rabbit to, it can sometimes help to get the tear ducts flushed out first, though this could require the vet sedating your rabbit. But if your vet isn't experienced with rabbits, I wouldn't suggest having this done, as something could go wrong.
I’ll try the antibiotic eye drops you mentioned, thank you so much :)
 
Top