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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: Oct 17, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment for corneal ulcer

Question:My ten and a half labrador has a corneal ulcer. We have been going to an ophthalmologist for over a month. My dog has had 3 ablations and as of a week ago she has had very little progress in healing. We are using terramycin ointment with Polymyxin B Sulfate 3x aday. Our doctor wants to do surgery to cut out the ulcer but we are relutant to do that. She told us she only had to do that on about 1dog a year. Last week we did not let her do another ablation to just see what would happen in an extra week. We go back tomorrow for another check and I Would like to know if we are doing the right treatment or do we need to seek out another doctor. Please help!!

Answer:Since I can't see your dog's eye, there is no way I can recommend something over what your veterinarian is recommending. If you are seeing a true board-certified ophthalmologist, they will know exactly what they are talking about - they went to veterinary school for 4 years like we all did, then they studied only eyes for 4 additional years AND they only treat eyes all day long every day, so they exactly what to recommend to help your dog's eye heal.

Date: Oct 9, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Cherry eye

Question:Hi...my name is Alfonso just to make a question about my dog...Nico had a cherry eye surgery the past April.....it suppose to be ok but month ago the cherry eye issue came back so,what do you recomend to us?

Answer:It's unfortunate but it is not uncommon for a cherry eye to pop back out. The surgery will more than likely have to be redone. I usually wait until a dog is full grown if I can. Board certified ophthalmologists are better at getting these to stay in but, of course, they are more expensive.

Date: Sep 28, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Fip

Question:My kitten is being treated for a corneal ulcer in one eye and plaque buildup in the other eye. Is there anything I can give him to help boost his immune system. I'm trying to convince the vet to test him for FIP but he thinks that's a waste of time.

Answer:That is a great question. I love lysine for these kitties. Here is a link to read about the Immune Support L-Lysine Chews for cats: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Immune+Support+L+Lysine+Chews-prod11643.html

Date: Aug 30, 2017
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Medication

Question:Good evening, my little cavalier went to the vet on 21st August and was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer and was treated with 3 medications which was Chloramphenicol eye drops, Lubrithal eye gel and some pain killer liquid..the eye has not healed and it's very cloudy at times..i thought Chloramphencol was used for conjunctivitis? can you please advise

Answer:I have never used Chloramphenicol but it looks like it is used for bacterial infections and she needs to be on an antibiotic if she has an ulcer. If she isn't improving, or certainly if she is worsening, have your veterinarian recheck her.

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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