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Pea Eye / Fatty Eye in Guinea Pigs

You might notice that one, or both of your guinea pigs eyes droop or have a bulge underneath their eye which is pink in colour. This is a harmless condition known as ‘Pea’ or ‘Fatty’ eye and is quite common in guinea pigs.

What is ‘Pea’ or ‘Fatty’ eye?

Pea eye (or fatty eye) is thought to be a genetic condition where the conjunctival sac protrudes gradually over time. While it may look uncomfortable, pea eye is a ‘cosmetic defect’ meaning that it does not cause harm to guinea pigs who have it.

Above is an example of what Pea eye looks like in a guinea pig.

If you do notice any swelling, discharge or cloudiness in your guinea pigs eyes please seek advice from a vet who is experienced in treating guinea pigs. You can find recommended vets in Australia here.

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