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Ask the Vet About Corneal Ulcers in Dogs and Cats

Corneal Ulcers in Dogs and Cats
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Ask the Vet About Corneal Ulcers in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Mar 31, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Corneal ulcers

Question:Vet recommends enucleation. As a last resort, can this eye be saved with antibiotics? Very costly to remove the eye.

Answer:Corneal ulcers vary so much in severity, without looking directly at your cat's eye, I can't say one way or the other.

Date: Mar 23, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Corneal Ulcer

Question:I have a british bulldog and he started with an ulcer in his right eye around 3 weeks ago. The vet started him on a topical eye ointment for 10 days which didnt seem to help so we went ahead with a corneal graft using his third eyelid. This remained in place for 6 days but then the graft fell away yesterday. The ulcer is still visible and doesnt look any better, plus the scars around it from where the stitches were make the surface of his eye now look very sore. He is reluctant to open his eye and its very gummy and watery. He has been on Exocin eye drops 3x per day and 300ml Metacam per day for the duration of his graft. Im due back at the vets tomorrow to see where we go from here. A second opinion about failed corneal graft and unhealing ulcer treatment options would be much appreciated! Thank you :-)

Answer:Corneal ulcers can be really hard to treat sometimes. They will often look worse as they are healing - as blood vessels start crossing the cornea to get to the ulcer. There are board certified ophthalmologists that you can ask your veterinarian for a referral to go see if he continues to have problems.

Date: Mar 17, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Corneal ulcer

Question:My dog was given oral Clavamox for a Corneal ulcer. Also, Gentamycin drops. She is not better after 8 days. Have been back to Dr. for recheck and he gave more oral Clavimox. This doesn't seem right?

Answer:It takes corneal ulcers a long time to heal - probably because the cornea doesn't have a very good blood supply. When the cornea gets irritated, blood vessels start slowly creeping in so the Clavamox may work better now that the ulcer probably has a better blood supply. I would keep going with your current plan for now (I'm assuming you are still giving the eye drops many times a day as well). There are many other advanced procedures that your veterinarian may have to resort to (contact lens, cornal flap, etc) and then there are board certified ophthalmologists you can take your dog to if she continues to have problems.

Date: Mar 5, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: can his eye be cured

Question:my dog has an ulcer its a hole in his pupil and has been given drops been a wee now no will the eye have to be removed?

Answer:It is a rare ulcer that cannot be healed but most will take a lot longer than one week. (I'm assuming the hole/ulcer is in his cornea) Medication alone will heal most, especially mild, ulcers. Then there are a lot of procedures that most regular veterinarians can perform that help them heal better than medication alone (3rd eyelid flap, contact lens, etc). Then there are board certified ophthalmologists (often at veterinary schools) that have all kinds of fancy medications, surgeries, etc. that will usually help with severe, chronic ulcers. Removing an eye is a last resort.

Date: Feb 6, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: corneal edema

Question:our dog was diagnosed with corneal edema , after a few days of medication he was able to open his eye, this was about three weeks ago and still today his eye is enlarged, the vet said he could go see a specialist or live with it, the enlargement is concerning to look at , is this the only option, and will it affect his vision?

Answer: If the cornea is damaged, or if there is increased pressure in the eye, this can affect a pets vision and all around comfort. It's best if you take your pet to an eye specialist in your area. Dr. Daniel, Veterinary

Date: Jan 18, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication not working

Question:Hello, I took my 5 year old Pit Bull to be seen for cloudy eyes and a red spot on his eye which I found out was an ulcer from a scratch if I'm not mistaken. This was on 12-23-16 and again on 01-06-17. I was prescribed Vetropolycin ointment and Carprofen however I don't think that the ointment is making his eye any better. Is there a stronger medicine I can give him? I was looking at Can-C eye drops for dogs however I am no professional and would like some advice. Thank you for your input.

Answer:I would not recommend that you make any eye care decisions on your own at home when dealing with a corneal eye ulcer as that could be risky. Best to return to vet for recheck and restain of eye, as he or she best qualified to make decision about changing eye antibiotics, etc. She may have other issue here such as condition called deep or indolent ulcer, which may need other approach such as flap surgery, etc


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