Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Eye abscesses Owner Factsheet

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Claire Speight

Abscesses develop when bacteria enter a part of the body. It is the body's natural defences to try and 'wall off' infection to stop it spreading elsewhere within the body. This is an important survival mechanism, since if infection entered the bloodstream, the rabbit would very likely die from the infection. However, this can lead to problems when the abscess is located within the region of the eye, since the location is hard to successfully operate on, and the cause is frequently difficult to cure.

Image: Abscess: secondary to dental disease - ©Glen Cousquer BSc(hons) BVM&S CertZooMed MRCVS

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