Pampered Pets: Why does my pet rat have red discharge around its eye?

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Apr 29, 2016 in Rat News | Subscribe

The gland that secretes this is called the harderian gland and is located at the back of the eye. The appearance of the pigment is always a sign of underlying problems, so I would advise a check-up with your vet as soon as possible to nip any problems in the bud. 

Virtually any disease can cause the problem including respiratory infections. Other underlying issues that can cause red tears are stress, pain, sickness and dietary problems. 

Have there been any changes recently, such as excessive handling by children? Rats have a very strong sense of smell so cigarette smoke or bedding smells can also lead to red tears. 

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