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Red discharge around one eye(?)

Post by fervidorian on Sun 15 Apr 2018, 8:25 pm

Recently I started finding red discharge around the left eye on my girl Helena. She'll clean it off eventually once she grooms herself that evening after waking up and has been a good eater, very active, and I haven't noticed her sneezing at all.
I know rats may get a substance in similar color called porphyrin around their eyes and nose after they wake up or are stressed out, is it the same with mice?
I've been using a cotton swab to gently clean the area (distilled water and salt; a saline solution with a 1tsp to 1pt ratio) if she doesn't get to it. Do you guys have any idea what it might be? I've been worried about her even though she looks otherwise healthy, she's just so sweet and I'd hate for her to get sick. I'm planning on taking her to a vet soon if it doesn't clear up.
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Re: Red discharge around one eye(?)

Post by Jadamouse on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 2:16 am

mice don't really get porphyrin like rats do, definitely something a vet should look at Smile

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Post by fervidorian on Mon 16 Apr 2018, 5:29 am

Will do! Thanks so much!
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Re: Red discharge around one eye(?)

Post by CallaLily on Tue 17 Apr 2018, 9:21 am

Mice do produce porphyrin, but usually when we’re seeing it it’s due to stress or illness. Wink  An appointment with a vet wouldn’t hurt to be safe.

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Re: Red discharge around one eye(?)

Post by fervidorian on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 8:26 pm

Good news! I went to my vet on Monday and Helena's eye has cleared up significantly, she's been waking up with little to no porphyrin staining and isn't squinting nearly as much as she was initially.
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Post by Jadamouse on Thu 19 Apr 2018, 9:03 pm

excellent Smile

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