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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 01:23 AM Thread Starter
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Eye problems.

Hello everybody!! Its been a very long time since I've made a thread!!
My little Pepper is getting old. He has always had illnesses just popping up all over the place, bless him. Just reasently, I noticed that he has a milk-like covering, well, it's more cloudy than anything, across one of his eyes, and it seems as if he can't see out of it at all; I keep going to pick him up, and if I do it from that side, he almost has a heart attack because he didn't see my hand. I was wandering, is it bothering him? Is there anything I can do about it, or to help it? And what reasons are there for this happening?

The other quick thing I want to ask is; My other rat Arthur (He is a lone rat, he bacame to aggressive to be with other rats, just like his brother Husky, which some of you know about) well, one of his eyes has a very small scab, just uder the eye lid and I don't know how it could have got there, or if it's something to worry about. He doesn't like me touching it, but thats allI can tell you. Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot everyone!x


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
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I thought mabe a picture of Peppers eye would help. This is the only one that you can see his eye, he is the black rat:

It looks sore You can kinda make out the milkiness/cloudiness of it. Rayray keep on grooming him and taking care of him.
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A milky white look or spot indicates cataracts, not uncommon in older rats/animals. If hes having troubles seeing too, id put my money on it.
I suggest you go to the vet soon, if its sore or swollen its possible the cataracts is not natural and could be caused by injury or severe irritation/scratching of the lens.

Sorry honey, however sometimes a cataracts can be removed or a temporary thing created by an infection. If it is an infection, its not likely the cataracts would disappear afterwords, instead it will just cease to grow. The sooner hes looked at the better. There could be a way to save what eyesight he has left.

Im not sure whats wrong with Author, ive never even heard of that before!
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Cataracts develop on some older rats, for the most part it is nothing, just watch for swelling. A cataract will only be a greyish disk over the pupil and will get bigger over time. An injury or even glaucoma (more serious) will be the whole eye becoming cloudy or whitish/greyish. Definitely vet time.

As for a small scab under the eyelid? Very likely he scratched himself while vigorously grooming or got aggressive with someone and they lashed out while pinned. If it looks sore but not scary then I would pick up human grade eye ointment (no steroids!) and smear some over his eye.

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Okay thanks for your help! Arthurs scab isn't very serious, and I don't think it's bothering him much, only if I touch it, so I think I'll leave it be.
I'm considering taking Pepper to the vets about his eye, there is no swelling, but it is the whole of the eye that is cloudy.
Thanks again for your help!!
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