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Poorly Eye Again

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Angel81, Sep 25, 2020.


  1. Angel81

    Angel81 PetForums Junior

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    Hi, well things aren't getting any easier, nothing seems to be going right this year.

    Our small dog in April got another eye infection, he was under the vets, one thing led to another and it ended up badly, he got an ulcer on it and there was problems with drainage as well, one morning he pawed his face his dew claw caught his eye and he burst his eye, he ended up losing it and having it removed. We sent the eye off for lab tests and it came back trauma.

    Our bigger dog recently had a bad fall on the stairs and is still recovering with his legs over that. He's back and forth to the vets for that and they're talking about some physio. His walking is much better, but he's got a way to go.

    Back to last weekend, our smaller dog (with one eye) his eye started to look red and he was blinking and not opening it fully, he has had conjunctivitis a few times in the past. We bathed his eye and then Monday morning woke up and it was watering a lot, gunky and he couldn't open it, we made an appointment at the vets for that afternoon, he went and the vet did the fluorescein drop test, he said it was bacterial conjunctivitis and he gave us ointment to put into his eye three times per day, which we have been doing, he had one drop in Monday night and then the next early Tuesday morning and it was less gunky after that even, and the white of his eye started to look less red, some of the bluey cloudiness of his eye started to go, but he's still keeping it closed, he can open it now and it's not gunky, it's watery sometimes, the cloudiness is still there somewhat, I'm going to try and get some more pictures of it later on when he wakes up, I've read that you're meant to see some improvement within the first few days, which we have, but that it can take up to three weeks to go better. I'm just so so scared over what happened last time, I feel sick all the time, I've been so close to having panic attacks again, he's such a lovely little doggy and so happy and loving, he loves looking at his toys which he loves so much. We just want his eye better and him to have a healthy eye and a happy life with vision. Things are bad financially with all the vet bills with them both, I'm out of work due to Covid, we're struggling to get by, but we've booked him back in at the vets this afternoon for another appointment for the vet to look at his eye again and see how it's going. Just so scared of everything and just want his eye better. Has others dogs eyes with conjunctivitis taken longer than week to go better? I'm putting together a little list of what to ask the vet. There's so much to stress about, Glaucoma, cataracts, drainage, trauma. He gets hair in his eye sometimes, we never know whether to leave it to come out on it's own or to flush his eye gently. Anyways he's at the vets again at 3pm. Hoping they say his eye is looking better.
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Washing around the eye with a dilute antiseptic solution should be OK, and stop any bacteria getting back into the eye and keeping the infection going (this came up last night on the Yorkshire Vet on TV).
    The ointment you get from the vet is quite costly, and a cheaper alternative is either Optrex infected eye drops or Golden Eye infected eye ointment - both are £5-6 and contain the same active ingredient as the stuff from the vet. Neither is licensed for use in animals, and if you tell the pharmacist it's for a dog they'll refuse the sale, so either say it's been recommended for by a district nurse or something for an elderly relative who's shielding and can't come out, or rub you own eye until it's really red then go in and say it's been like that for a week after getting some muck in it; that's what I do.
     
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  3. Angel81

    Angel81 PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for your reply and advice, I have made a note of those and will look out for them if needed thank you.

    It's been so hectic, he was at the vets the Monday and then the Friday and then a week later for another check up. On his last trip there she said that she would have expected his eye to be better within five days. He still has a little bit of blueish cloudy haze about it. Anyway he was on Chloramphenicol antibiotic eye ointment, he had that one drop daily x3 for about three weeks. Then the vets said the infection was gone so to stop using, but to maybe get some Viscotears which we did and have been putting one drop in twice daily for about five days now. Now I'm not sure if it started when we put the Viscotears in more but he's now pawing at his eye, he's been in his cone for over a month again so he can't get to it but he's obviously doing something, now we can't tell if it's his ears, eye, or nose he's doing, I know he is doing his eye as well, but I'm not sure if that's because he's had lots of hairs in his eye over the past week, as much as I try to hoover twice daily sometimes there's hair with these two dogs and he's fluffy anyway I just can't keep it out, when it's a hair I know it irritates, but he's been pawing his face and we can't see a hair in there. We wondered if it's the Viscotears that's irritating his eye, so we've stopped using those today and are going to see how he is today.

    The vet has said that she's recommending doing a referral for him to the eye vet specialist in Runcorn, seeing as he's still having issues and he's only got one eye. We've been absolutely stressing about this since, not only is it the money, which we are trying to borrow right now as we have none, I'm out of work and we're just getting by barely, it's the travelling down there. We are in Blackpool and the eye vet is in Runcorn. We don't know anyone with a car, so it's either a taxi both ways or try and rent a car and see if my stepdad can drive us there but he's carer for my mum full time so he would have to get carers in for her for the day, but I'm not sure he will be able to do that as he's had to give up work to care for her full time, money is the issue all round. It's a whole mess. But he needs to be seen by the eye vet. I want his pressure tested as well. We really don't want him blind. My partner has gone to work now and he's rubbing his eye again, I just don't know what to do. I'm going to bathe the corner, but there's nothing much more I can do right now.
    I just don't know what to do about the eye vets and arranging it all. Has anyone ever been there and how good are they and also are the tests pressure etc in with the first consultation of £195 or are the tests on top of that price? It's the eye vets in Runcorn.
    Thank you for reading and any help.
     
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