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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.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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 22, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Corneal ulcer in rooster

Question:Hello. My rooster has been attacked on its eye and ive noticed a cloudy thingy over the cornea. I dosnt know what it was at first and i asked someone for help and she offer me biogentadrop. Ive used the product five times on my rooster already, but i just discovered that my rooster eye is suffering my corneal ulcer and one of the conyra indication mentioned on biogentadrop was corneal ulcer. I feel horrible as i feel like ive made my rooster condition worse, please tell me what to do.

Answer:I am solely a small animal (just dogs and cats) veterinarian so contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your rooster. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: Oct 2, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Correlation between meds, eyes, legs

Question:2 1/2 yr old English bulldog. He has been taking prednisone & cefpodoxime for a skin infection, he also takes fluoxetine & apoquel daily and has been on remend eye drops. Monday Sept 23 his right cornea ruptured. Rushed to 24 hour emergency vet. They believed it due to ulcer he had in the eye, mixed with an eye infection and his dry eye syndrome. Ophthalmologist did surgery/graft to repair on tuesday. He is in a cone. They gave more cefpodoxime, as well as, ofloxacin (I think is what it is called) and atropine. We also received cyclosporin coconut oil eye drops and began those Sunday morning. Sunday his back legs did not seem to be working appropriately. He was slipping in his crate. He was also being strange with his left eye, not wanting to open it. Monday morning Sept 30, his left cornea also ruptured. Same story. Surgery. Drops. Pills. This time no one had answers, as a week ago he had no signs of an ulcer in his left eye. Tuesday/Wednesday both front and back legs were stiff and slipping when trying to stand. But once he eats and is up, he is able to walk outside and use the bathroom. He was laying down for 1-2 hours earlier and when I went to do the next round of his eye drops, he seems extremely fatigued/exhausted (understandable. He's been through alot). I had him go get in his crate and when he stepped inside, all legs started slipping again. He is mostly struggling in the crate with plastic bottom. Is there any correlations you know of that would be affecting his legs? Do we need to take him to his regular vet? Or is this typical after general anesthesia and traumatic events?

Answer:No, that is not typical, especially at his young(ish) age. I would have your veterinarian recheck him.

Date: Aug 18, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Feral Kitten Herpes

Question:My daughter We currently has 7 feral kittens, 1 of which has corneal ulcers from feline herpes. The vet we have taken her to, just gives us antibiotic drops. He just says all the feral cats in town have it. There is nothing we can really do for them. Would antiviral drops help with the ulcers? Anything else we might can do? We believe she is blind in one eye (totally covered in a grey hazy film and bulges). Possibly partial in the other. She is the sweetest kitten, and would like to do all we can to better her life while we look for her forever home. Thank you in advance for your service to all fur babies! Carmen

Answer:You can ask your veterinarian for a referral to a board certified ophthalmologist - they will have access to all the latest medications and procedures to save her eyesight. If it's that bad, having her on oral and topical medications may be ideal. At a minimum, start her on Lysine - it is an oral over-the-counter medication that has anti-viral properties. It comes as powders, pastes, gels, chews, etc. like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html

Date: May 22, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Cold recovery

Question:I aquired 2 kittens from a munchkin breeder who were long leg rejects. Both kittens had an upper respiratory infection and had been treated with antibiotics by the breeder. I ended up having to seperate them to stop the passing back and forth so I suspect it was actually a cold. The issue is one of them is still having a discharge from his eyes and now has started having a discharge from his ears which was bad at first but improved significantly right away once I cleaned it up. Is this likely left over drainage from the cold or should he have another course of antibiotics? I do quite a few rescues and I have vet resources but I do try to treat alone when possible as I sometimes come across very distressed animal who will die without immediate treatment. The cat has no fever and expresses no pain or distress even when I clean the ear. He is not at all lethargic and is consuming his full complement of food and water. His eyes are clear and bright. The discharge from the eyes is clear and from the ear is mostly clear with light earwaxy colored creamy bits. It really looks just a like a little pus and a bit of seepage so I am a little concerned about it and wonder if I should get him on antibiotics even though he isn't acting sick at. I haven't seen a lot of ear leakage in cat colds but these were also easily the sickest kittens I have cared for myself. Usually any fosters I take are in good health and the strays go straight to the vet for anything serious.

Answer:This is a good question and one I can't really answer without seeing the kitten. It's immune system may very well kick in and lick it on it's own but I worry about not treating a bad URI, (they can damage their nasal trabeculae and cause long term damage) especially with pus coming out of it's ear, so I would definitely have your veterinarian check him out, get a good look down in the ear canals with an otoscope, test them for FELV & FIV, feel their lymph nodes, listen to their lungs, take their temp, etc. and make a plan for them accordingly. They will want to know what antibiotic the breeder used and for how long, so try to get them that information. Try humidifying them as much as you can - even if it's just taking them in to a hot steamy bathroom a couple times a day. Also consider over-the-counter lysine to bolster their immune systems - like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Vetri+Lysine+Plus+Soft+Chews-prod11239.html

Date: May 9, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best medication to treat corneal ulcer

Question:I have a 13 year old female Pekingese who has a corneal ulcer. She has had them before and they healed fairly quick, this time, she has had it for about 6 weeks and we have been taking her back and forth to our Veterinarian every week or 2 to have it checked with the fluorestain drop. Our vet has her on Adequan drops, 1 drop 4 x day and Neomycin, Polymyxin Dexamethasone ointment 2 x day morning and night. I am concerned about healing, we have another appointment on Saturday with vet, but just wondering if this medication is helping because we haven't noticed much difference in healing. I am worried about her losing her vision, she is already fairly hearing impaired and for her to lose her sight would be aweful. We would like to do whatever is possible for her without having to do any surgical procedure or put her under anesthesia because of her age. Otherwise, she is in excellent physical condition for her age, she runs, play and is very active, but now you can tell she is having difficulty seeing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:There are many appropriate next steps. Don't be too afraid of anesthesia if it continues and she is healthy otherwise because a 3rd eyelid flap may be in her near future and doesn't take too long. You may want to switch to antibiotic drops instead of ointment because they penetrate and work a little better. The reason we usually start with ointment is because it's 3-4 times a day and drops are 6-8 times a day, so much more labor intensive. If you will not be able to do them for ~8 hours, then applying the ointment is an option for that long of an interval. Then, you and your veterinarian may want to try Remend - here is a link if you would like to read about it with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Remend+Corneal+Repair+Gel-prod11944.html

Date: May 6, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Peeing a lot and drinking a lot of water

Question:Why is my dog drinking a lot of water. She lost a lot of weight in a month.

Answer:There are many conditions that can cause this - some of the most common ones are Diabetes, kidney disease, Cushing's disease, urinary tract infection, etc. Have your veterinarian check her out and run some blood work as soon as you can to see what is going on and make a plan for her.

Date: Apr 20, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog with scratched cornea

Question:We took our 10 year old Boston Terrier to the emergency vet clinic last evening and he was diagnosed with a corneal scratch. The emergency vet gave us Tobramycin to administer every 4-6 hours. Today he is clearly still in pain. He has had 3 other corneal scratches in the past and our primary vet has given him Remend Corneal Repair Gel with ointment to administer. Is Tobramycin typically given to repair a corneal scratch?

Answer:Both of those medications are used for corneal scratches. Both can be used at the same time, if the ulcer is severe enough. If he seems in pain, you may want to call and request something for pain (and you can ask for some Remend as well if you just want to go ahead and do both).

Date: Apr 16, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pressure sore from being injured

Question: My cat got injured back in May he may have broken his pevlis bones but he can stand on his feet when he feels lucky but I don't know what about his pressure sore on his bottom and all the local vet are so buy my house just to get him seen !! And I can really handle him that much because I'm pregnant

Answer:I can't really tell what is going on with him from what you describe - I would really need to examine him to give you any kind of useful information so try to have a veterinarian near you check him out when you can.

Date: Apr 14, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Sleeping increased after corneal ulcers?

Question:Hello. We have a very beloved cat who has serious long problems. So he underwent a CT scan with anesthesia, and needle aspiration, 4 days ago. He has a lung abscess that we may have surgically removed soon. Additionally, as a result of the procedure, he developed a corneal ulcer, and we went back and the vet scraped his eye and prescribed meds for his eye. He has been sleeping more than before the CT scan. We have no reason to believe that a result of the lung abscess (allergic we realize that's possible) bc that's been stable and size about the same for a few months. We also realize the anesthesia might be baking him sleep but this many days after the procedure, we aren't sure. So I was wondering whether this corneal ulcer, which the vet said was large, half the size of his cornea, and she had to double in size to correct, so now covers his cornea, could be causing him to sleep more (like healing the eye or the pain causing more sleep). What do you think? Thanks very much!

Answer:Yes, it could be from the pain - have your veterinarian recheck him (to also be sure it isn't anything else) and get him started on some pain meds. If he is already on pain meds, some make them sleepy, so ask your veterinarian about that as well.

Date: Apr 2, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye infection

Question:I recently rescued a blue bully and when I got him his eye was swollen shut. I took him to the vet and they said conjunctivitis. I got the eye treatment and also some amoxicillin. It's been 2 weeks and it's not getting better.

Answer:Definitely have them recheck it - it's hard for me to guess what is going on without seeing him but 2 weeks later, conjunctivitis should've responded to the medication they prescribed for him.

Date: Mar 1, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Corneal ulcers

Question:Hello, I have a 1.5 year old female French Bulldog. She has had cherry eye for a few months now which was monitored with drops. A few days ago I noticed she could hardly open her eye and was clawing at it. It is swollen now and is blood red with an ulcer over it. Ive been administering saline drops which dont help. What should I do?

Answer:See your veterinarian for prescription medication like this immediately: https://www.1800petmeds.com/B.N.P.+Triple+Antibiotic+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10291.html https://www.1800petmeds.com/Remend+Corneal+Repair+Gel-prod11944.html

Date: Feb 9, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye ulcer

Question:My dog scratched his eye .second time he has done so ..last time we was prescribed 2 sets of drops and a gel to be applied 10 mins apart every 4 to 6 hours ( worked great ) .now a different vet precribed Isathal and the other same gel but im worries it wont worl as good since its gel on gel also should i not apply them 10 mins apart or more then the every 8-12 hours it says

Answer:Drops, in general, do penetrate a little better but have to be applied more often. Both treatment protocols should work fine for an average scratch - switch to drops if it isn't progressing as planned. Yes, separate them by at least 10 minutes, preferably longer.

Date: Jan 23, 2019
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: my dogs eyes wont opem

Question:I have a Shizu , He is 18 years old. Today he seemed fined early in the morning. But now his eyes wont open, he seems like he's struggling. I have no clue. Will this go away soon or do i need to be worried

Answer:As you can imagine, it is impossible for me to guess without examining him with such general clinical signs - could be his eyes or could be something internal, etc. At his age, when his routine changes like that, something is usually up so have your veterinarian check him if it continues.

Date: Dec 29, 2018
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye drops

Question:Can I use Vigamox?

Answer:I don't use those, so I don't know if they have been tested on dogs, so getting something from your veterinarian is more ideal. An ointment is a little easier because you don't have to do it 6 times a day.

Date: Dec 22, 2018
Category: Corneal Ulcers
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Unilateral Cloudiness in eye

Question:My dog has recently developed cloudiness in one eye, started from periphery to the center of the eye. We took her to two different vets and two other clinics but seems like they couldn't give any definite diagnosis and everyone suggested different treatments. Please review this question and let me know what can I do in my pets best interest.

Answer:I would really have to see your dog and run some tests on her to see what is going on. If regular veterinarians are stumped, go ahead and take her to a board certified ophthalmologist in your area. They will know what is going on.


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