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Question:My golden retriever was recently diagnosed with dry eye. Usually when I brought her in they said it was just allergies. She was put on cyclosporine but her third eyelid in both eyes is always showing and very red. Usually it's redder after she's been outside running around playing with the other dogs. Her eyes still seem to bother her a bit too, she's rubbing her face on the floor etc. Is the third eyelid being so red still after being on these drops for a few months normal? I dont know what else can be done.
Answer:I would have your veterinarian recheck her - she may have dry eye and allergic conjunctivitis. The latter would respond better to a different medication. (But don't take her off of her cyclosporine - dog's with dry eye usually need that long term)
Question:She has what looks like an ulcerated eye but below the eye and on her cheek seems to have swollen
Answer:It's hard for me to figure out what's going on from that description, but I don't like taking chances with eyes - better to have your veterinarian check her out. Eye ulcers can be pretty painful so the sooner the better.
Question:my shih-tzu has been diagnosed with dry eye in one eye per the Schirmer tear test. I am being told that she will need to use cyclosporin drops for life now. Can I treat with an OTC product first or should I just began her on this lifelong treatment? My dog will be 14 this year. She is currently on an eye antibiotic bid.
Answer:Cyclosporin ointment seems to work a lot better than OTC products like artificial tears. You usually only have to do it once a day vs ~3+ times a day with OTC products that still don't work as well. It depends on the severity of her condition as well.