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Persistent eye infection - setter

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Irish Setter Gal, May 23, 2012.


  1. Irish Setter Gal

    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    My youngster has persistent eye infections and am looking for some advice (previous advice given on this forum for my dogs HOD was invaluable and bang on)

    1. He has exceptionally deep eye pockets that collect his eye bloop
    2. His tear ducts are not blocked and his tear production is only marginally 'good' and he does not have I growing eye lashes nor scratches on the eye (vet opthalmist checked all these items twice on separate visits)
    3. His first treatment was antibiotic drops for a week - lasted two weeks before came back
    4. Second treatment - same result
    5. Third treatment was combined steroid and antibiotics - cleared the gunk within a day but returned within a week of finishing the 5 day treatment of antibiotics though
    6. Fourth treatment was combined antibiotic/steroid for 5 days and then expected to be one drop steroid for 30 days, and eye gel daily to add protection from dust/dirt - infection has returned less than 7 days after stopping antibiotics and worse than before
    7. Tonight - swabs taken and stronger antibiotic cream for 2 weeks, continuing the steroid drops, until results of swabs come back

    My plea for help is - any good ideas as to what to use to wash his eyes out with. Currently we use wet cotton wool/tissue and sometimes flush it out with vet eye wash.

    Also, anybody else have experience of this, he's really good with it but it is sore, red and irritating him at times.

    Looking forwards to some advice
     
  2. CavalierOwner

    CavalierOwner PetForums VIP

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    Is it like conjunctivitis that he gets? If so, could it be allergies?

    My dog has allergies (mostly in the summer) and her gets sore itchy eyes, my vet told me it was allergic conjunctivitis! He was having eyedrops every other weeks at one point but then my vet told me to try him Piriton tablets and they improved loads. He doesn't really get sore eyes anymore because i give him half of a Piriton tablet in a morning.

    I obviously don't know whether your dog has allergies but maybe you could ask your vet whether this could be causing it?

    I just used warm water and a clean cloth to wipe his eyes, i have also heard that warm milk instead of water helps with sore eyes! My grandma swore by it but it could just be an old wives tale. :rolleyes:

    I hope that someone comes along with some better advice for you soon. :)
     
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  3. Irish Setter Gal

    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    Thank you, allergies have crossed my mind so I'll tuck that in my back pocket for when we next see the vet, good shout re piriton since hubby thinks it is 'hay fever' related.

    It is conjunctivitis in nature, green and sticky gloop as opposed to his normal white/clear gloop, hence antibiotics. Now on different brand and heavy attack process.
     
  4. bluegirl

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    Has he ever had swabs taken of the discharge to determine the type of bacteria present? That way you will know which antibiotics this bacteria is resistant to and which will be best for the job.

    Sometimes long term antibiotic therapy is required.
     
  5. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    Not sure what you mean by tear production only marginally good?

    I take it he did the schirmer test?

    I had a Samoyed with the sample symptoms repeated eye infections, then he got an ulcerated eye, that didnt heal and then he had to have surgery to cauterise the eye and the eye lid was stitched shut while healing.
    I took him to an eye specialist who amongst over things did the schirmer test and he wasnt producing enough tears. Certain environments he could just about cope on what he produced but at other times he couldnt, so an infection would start up.

    He was first put on an antibiotic, visco tears (tear replacement) and Optimmune eye ointment. The reason being at the time he had yet another infection, the viscotears to replace what he couldnt make, and the optimunne works by making the eyes prodce tears but it takes a while to work so for the interim period the viscotears were given as well. After that no more problems, no more infection.

    Only other thought was have they done a swab and sent it off? It may need a specific antibiotic or a combination and long course to get rid of it completely.
     
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    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    Thank you both, and yes swabs we're taken and we are waiting lab results. I think he must have an unusual strain of bacteria that just won't go!

    Tear production was tested with strips that are held in the eye and change colour measured against the clock and in graducated marks along the paper. Only just good meant a mark or two less would require assistance with tear production.

    Sled dog hotel - thanks for your input and I will also put this in the pocket for our return visit. He is currently on Clinagel-vet 3 times a day and Maxidex steroid 1 drop a day. He does have some viscous gel but it's at hubby's work where it is applied for protection from the dusty environment there.
     
  7. bluegirl

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    Hope you get the results back soon and the correct treatment is started.
     
  8. Irish Setter Gal

    Irish Setter Gal PetForums Senior

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    Update:
    Got the result back from vets last week and it turns out the infection he had was a little uncommon (always are with us!) and was thus resistant to the previous antibiotics prescribed, hence it's recurrence. The good news was that the different antibiotic prescribed did the trick (so far) but there was also some underlying inflammation for which we have to continue the steroid drops, one drop daily.

    If after a month of the steroid drops the infection doesn't reoccur we will reduce the dosage over time.

    Thanks for the input early on.... now where's that insurance claim form:rolleyes:
     
  9. CavalierOwner

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    I'm sooo glad that you finally found out what the problem was! I hope that the infection doesn't return.

    :D
     
  10. Sled dog hotel

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    glad that you found out what it was and its responding to treatment.
     
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