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    Hello

    New rabbit owner here of an 11 week old lionhead.

    We have noticed her fur looks strange around her eye.

    It looks like possible matting or moulting but want to be sure, or even the fact that when she comes out her hiding hole she does scrape her face against the wall possibly making her fur this way.


    Any help would be most appreciated.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I’ve got a real soft spot for lion heads and she is gorgeous.
    I’m afraid I can’t really help you with any diagnosis or possible condition but the forums expert on most rabbit ailments - inspector morse will probably see this and cast her experienced and expert opinion for you.
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    Thank you Craig.

    Yes we fell in love with her second we saw her didn't think we would get a lionhead originally.


    Thank you for the advice though I will keep an eye out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oscar60 View Post
    Hello

    New rabbit owner here of an 11 week old lionhead.

    We have noticed her fur looks strange around her eye.

    It looks like possible matting or moulting but want to be sure, or even the fact that when she comes out her hiding hole she does scrape her face against the wall possibly making her fur this way.


    Any help would be most appreciated.

    https://ibb.co/sqfg2wS
    https://ibb.co/QF2T61q
    https://ibb.co/98Cymzq
    https://ibb.co/vHNnnnj
    https://ibb.co/jHt0nz4


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    Hello

    It looks as though she might have Dacryocystitis

    https://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-help-and...tis-in-rabbits

    Some more general information about epiphora ( ‘weepy eyes’)

    http://www.medirabbit.com/EN/Eye_dis...Runny_eyes.htm

    https://www.birdexoticsvet.com.au/bl...bbits-epiphora



    I suggest you take her to your Vet as this is the only way to obtain a definitive diagnosis and any treatment needed


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    Hi & welcome.

    Is it just on one eye? Or both sides?
    Is it wet, or crusty?
    Have you tried gently combing out the fur under her eye? It will help to remove any mats or crusty bits.

    What condition is the rest of her coat in? Is she grooming herself / keeping her bum clean? Is she used to being groomed? She will need regular and thorough grooming from you to deal with her coat. I use a double sided metal dog comb once a week on my lionheads (and most other animals) as it gets right down to the skin, so mats and knots can't form in the undercoat. Brushes just don't get down far enough, IMO.

    I'm sure Jane will give you a response when she sees this in the morning.

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    Unfortunately I can't groom her yet as we have only had her one week.


    This is what I wanted to do but she won't let me yet.

    Her back is in good condition but towards the back is matted due to being unable to groom her.

    It's also only in one eye.

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    Hi. It looks like she has a slight weepy eye maybe brought on by the stress of moving to a new home. Make sure she is not on wood shavings which can cause irritation or not near any smoke. She could also have got something in the eye which only a Vet can check for.

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    She is adorable. I have two lionheads and they did not take long to enjoy being groomed.
    Others gave good advice, so I can only reiterate getting a vet check. It is always best to get bunnies checked early.

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