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    Last night, Rupert had his left eye closed, then he was opening it for a while, then scratching at it and closing it. It was a bit watery, I tried to see if there was anything obviously in it (he has had a piece of hay in his eye before) but I couldn't see anything obvious.

    I used cooled boiled salt water to try and wipe it over but I wasn't having much luck.

    He's eating, drinking, pooing, running around all normal.

    I've got him an appointment at the vet after work, but just wondering if anyone has any ideas what it could be? I had a google.

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    He may have a small scratch on his cornea which cant be seen without the use of some fluorescein. Or it may just be a tiny strand of fur irritating the eye. This can often happen during a moult. It's always a good idea to get any eye problems checked out by a Vet ASAP, as you are doing.

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    Thanks Jane, his eye does look dull, and this current new bag of hay seems quite dusty, bless him. He is himself, just tell its irritating him, I was stopping him scratching and he flicked his feet at me and caught my eye so I know how he's feeling poor boy. We did get eye drops last time he had an eye issue but that was a long time ago, so I didn't want to use them in case it made it worse.

    I've not seen the vet we're seeing today - what should she be doing?? with gut I know what they should do, but eyes are a new one to me - I'm guessing they do the ink stuff that changes colour if there's infection right? Should they check his teeth? I read something about teeth issues could cause runny itchy eyes? His front teeth look jagged so I'm going to get them to check that - he's not eating as much hay as usual, due to it not being all the great quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert & Tia View Post
    Thanks Jane, his eye does look dull, and this current new bag of hay seems quite dusty, bless him. He is himself, just tell its irritating him, I was stopping him scratching and he flicked his feet at me and caught my eye so I know how he's feeling poor boy. We did get eye drops last time he had an eye issue but that was a long time ago, so I didn't want to use them in case it made it worse.

    I've not seen the vet we're seeing today - what should she be doing?? with gut I know what they should do, but eyes are a new one to me - I'm guessing they do the ink stuff that changes colour if there's infection right? Should they check his teeth? I read something about teeth issues could cause runny itchy eyes? His front teeth look jagged so I'm going to get them to check that - he's not eating as much hay as usual, due to it not being all the great quality.
    The fluorescein is the green dye, it picks up any corneal abrasions which may not be seen with the naked eye. Infection is usually obvious, there would probably be signs of inflammation and maybe a white discharge from the effected eye.

    Elongated tooth roots can cause runny eyes, but the only way to assess tooth roots is by taking skull radiographs. But it is a good idea to get the Vet to check the crowns of his teeth as well as his eye.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert & Tia View Post
    Last night, Rupert had his left eye closed, then he was opening it for a while, then scratching at it and closing it. It was a bit watery, I tried to see if there was anything obviously in it (he has had a piece of hay in his eye before) but I couldn't see anything obvious.

    I used cooled boiled salt water to try and wipe it over but I wasn't having much luck.

    He's eating, drinking, pooing, running around all normal.

    I've got him an appointment at the vet after work, but just wondering if anyone has any ideas what it could be? I had a google.
    Has it come on really suddenly? If so, then it's most likely something (foreign body) in the eye. The vet can easily spot this by putting dye in the eye and studying it. He will be able to see whether the eyeball is scratched at all.

    If you've noticed any weepiness for a while (even a short while) then it may be due to tooth roots. Tooth roots can cause blocked tear ducts, which cause a runny eye. Either way your vet should have an opinion.

    I don't know whether you've been yet? May be too late with this

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    UPDATE:

    We went to vet last night, even tho his eye didn't seem too bad when we got home, so glad we did tho!! When she first had a look we couldn't see anything then she put the dye in and at first all was fine, then a quite big green spot showed up on the front of his eye like an ulcer so she had a good look again and I said ooh is that a grass seed again there (pointing) it was bright green, and she said ooh yes that's well hidden isn't it (it was right at the back of his eye poor soul!) she grabbed it.... and it just kept coming!!! It was about 3 inches long!!!! It was horrific!!!! he looked so relieved tho!
    He's got drops now twice a day for 5 days, as his scratching has caused the ulcer on the front of his eye but she said he should be fine!
    It was awful, goodness knows how it got in there - altho I think its because they have a hay rack and I noticed the hay falls outs as one of them is eating, a piece fell near to his eye, so we've taken the rack out.

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    Poor little guy! Hoping he has a quick and speedy recovery! x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert & Tia View Post
    UPDATE:

    We went to vet last night, even tho his eye didn't seem too bad when we got home, so glad we did tho!! When she first had a look we couldn't see anything then she put the dye in and at first all was fine, then a quite big green spot showed up on the front of his eye like an ulcer so she had a good look again and I said ooh is that a grass seed again there (pointing) it was bright green, and she said ooh yes that's well hidden isn't it (it was right at the back of his eye poor soul!) she grabbed it.... and it just kept coming!!! It was about 3 inches long!!!! It was horrific!!!! he looked so relieved tho!
    He's got drops now twice a day for 5 days, as his scratching has caused the ulcer on the front of his eye but she said he should be fine!
    It was awful, goodness knows how it got in there - altho I think its because they have a hay rack and I noticed the hay falls outs as one of them is eating, a piece fell near to his eye, so we've taken the rack out.
    Poor lad, I hope the treatment will clear the ulcer up quickly xx
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    Thank you, he's so brave, he's fine this morning, he had a sulk last night, chewed the broadband cable, bit a hole in my pjs, bit the tv unit etc and Tia wee'd on the floor in her usual dirty protest I was quite pleased to be able to get the drop in this morning!
    If he was a child, I swear he'd be on the risk register or something, in the 5 years we have had him:
    2 x bust lips
    1 x bust nose
    2 x foreign bodies in eye, both times needing vet
    lost count of the number of has episodes.
    Ripped toenail.
    not to mention how he ripped his castration scar open, then ate the stitches (before he came home from RSPCA).

    everyone always says 'he's such a character'... yes, yes he is!!!

    Oh yeh, hes also scaled the fence (actually climbed the fence, pushing against shed to shimmy up!!!).
    Got into the riser in the kitchen... thought we were going to have to get a builder to get him out that time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rupert & Tia View Post
    Thank you, he's so brave, he's fine this morning, he had a sulk last night, chewed the broadband cable, bit a hole in my pjs, bit the tv unit etc and Tia wee'd on the floor in her usual dirty protest I was quite pleased to be able to get the drop in this morning!
    If he was a child, I swear he'd be on the risk register or something, in the 5 years we have had him:
    2 x bust lips
    1 x bust nose
    2 x foreign bodies in eye, both times needing vet
    lost count of the number of has episodes.
    Ripped toenail.
    not to mention how he ripped his castration scar open, then ate the stitches (before he came home from RSPCA).

    everyone always says 'he's such a character'... yes, yes he is!!!

    Oh yeh, hes also scaled the fence (actually climbed the fence, pushing against shed to shimmy up!!!).
    Got into the riser in the kitchen... thought we were going to have to get a builder to get him out that time!!
    He must be related to the late Sir Victor Velveteen !! He was always in some sort of trouble due to his 'adventurous' character
    I AM NOW POSTING AS 'InspectorMorse' BECAUSE A TECHNICAL PROBLEM HAS LOCKED ME OUT OF MY 'Jack's-Jane' ACCOUNT ON SOME DEVICES !!

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