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Ask the Vet About Dry Eye (KCS) in Dogs and Cats

Dry Eye (KCS)
Symptoms & Diagnosis
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Ask the Vet About Dry Eye (KCS) in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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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: Jan 15, 2018
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:Can I use over the counter dry eye treatment drops for the dog that normally would be for humans?

Answer:I would need to know the exact product and active ingredient(s) with their concentrations. (I still may not be able to tell you if it's something that hasn't been tested/used on dogs before.)

Date: Jan 8, 2018
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Guinea Pig Illness

Question:I have a 4 month old guinea pig who has been closing her eyes (and keeping them closed on and off) for the last 3 days. She is still eating regularly, she is still active (runs and plays), her stool has not changed, and she has not been sneezing nor has there been any discharge from her eyes or nose. I'm just wondering how concerned I should be over her eyes.

Answer:I only treat dogs and cats so I can't give you good advice about your little guinea pig. Contact a veterinarian that specializes in "exotic" animals - calling your local veterinary school and asking for the exotics department may be an option as well. Contacting the pet store where you got her may be able to help too.

Date: Dec 30, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Pink eye

Question:How can I help my kitten(4 months old) with her eye? She has a redish-pink where the white of the ball of the eye should be and its goopy and runny(has gotten better). I have tried a warm wash rag and a warm bath. What else can I do?

Answer:That sounds like conjunctivitis - You can flush it with saline but it is best to get an ointment from your veterinarian. They can assess her actual eye and make sure it isn't involved - some causes of conjunctivitis can start to affect the actual eye and eventually damage their vision.

Date: Dec 22, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Irritation after using prescribed meds

Question:My dogżs vet prescribed optimmune tontreat my dogs dry eye. However, the area around the outside of his eye is all irritated and pink. His eye looks worse now then before he started the medication. I was hoping for help here instead of paying again for a visit. He isnt due for a follow upnfor another week

Answer:Dry Eye is an issue with the actual eye (and it's ability to produce tears), so an issue about the tissue surrounding his eye sounds kind of unrelated (at least to the dry eye). Your veterinarian needs to run additional tests to see what's going on (allergies vs bacteria vs viral vs autoimmune etc)

Date: Dec 19, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: DRy eyes

Question:Hello, I have a question about my adult beagle. His eyes seems to be fine when he was younger but as he grew older he started to get dry eyes and theres always a green discharge on his eyes everyday i usually clean it with a dog eyedrops everyday. Our local vets told us that our dog dont produce tears and i was wondering if thats true.. and if theres any cure. He doesnt seems to be in pain when he opens his eyes but the green discharge always seems to hide his visions. He is really healthy and no local vets can seem to cure him. I am looking forward to hearing your reply Thanks

Answer:It sounds like he has "Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca" also known as "Dry Eye" which is an autoimmune disorder where they just don't produce enough tears to keep their eye lubricated and so they are prone to infections and ulceration and hyperpigmentation and (worse-case-senario) blindness. It is treatable. I have the most success with Optimmune. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

Date: Dec 19, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: eye meds

Question:my cat 8 years was born with no upper eye lids so all of her hair is laying on her eye balls i took her to a ophthalmology dr. he said to put liquid tears 3 times daily i could not afford the surgery . he did mention that she had a cataract in one eye. now her eyes have a slight smokey film on them. i am always cleaning her eyes with a clean warm cloth.in the last few months i have noticed black junk in her nose mostly her right side some times both. i was going to buy your eye drops witch one would you recomend? thank you

Answer:I would really need to examine her to be able to say for sure - it would depend on a lot of things: if she had a secondary infection or not (yellow, green discharge, enlarged lymph nodes) I might recommend a product like Terramycin (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Terramycin+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10190.html) - if it was primarily a "dry eye" problem I might recommend something without antibiotics that just lubricated. I've never had to use Optimmune on a cat and I don't think it's labeled for use on cats but asking your ophthalmologist if it might help her is an option I suppose. https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

Date: Dec 10, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Best treatment for Dry eye

Question:My shih-tzu has KCS we have struggled with it for 11 years we do eye drops eye wipes and warm compresses. Her eyes are constantly producing the green film that I can't seem to stop. I use liquitears euedrops as well as the medicated ones from the vet. We use angel eyes twice a day to wipe the film but I know it's painful for her. Any suggestions?

Answer:Optimmune is (hands down) my favorite treatment for dry eye: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html It's relatively expensive but it works so much better than anything else, it saves a LOT of time, money and pain for your shih-tzu in the long run.

Date: Nov 28, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Looking for a medication

Question:The medication that I get for my dog for his Dry Eye is so expensive and the bottle that they put it in leaks when I put the drops in his eyes. My vet told me to check and see if 1-800-pet meds carries Optimmune (cyclosporine) 0.2%. The medication from the vet is fairly expensive, and I would like to know first, if you have it, and second what the cost would be. The vet said that if I can get through you and if it is cost effective, she will send a prescription to you. Please let me know. Sincerely, Bonnie McCauley

Answer:Yes, we carry it and it works well. I went to make sure and saw that we are running a really good special (I guess because of Cyber Monday or something - I never know much of anything about prices but I do know that is a good deal, lol). Here is a link to copy and paste into your address bar: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

Date: Nov 22, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Irritated Eyes

Question:Can you use human eye drops on a dog with irritated and green discharged eyes?

Answer:It's usually not a good idea - we get bacterial conjunctivitis and they primarily get allergic conjunctivitis (that is sometimes secondarily infected with bacteria, but different kinds than we get, usually).

Date: Oct 31, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Could my dog have pink/dry eye

Question:Recently my dog was placed on trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (960mg). She will finish her antibiotics tonight but Iżm the last 3-4 days I noticed my dogs knee eyelid is showing Iżm both eyes but one worse than the other, itżs also very red. Could this be a side effect of the antibiotics? Could this be pink eye? Or dry eye? Should I wait and see what the next days bring once she finishes the antibiotics? Should I start using eye wash, to flush it out?

Answer:Hmmm, I would really have to see her to say for sure. It may just be allergic conjunctivitis, which, as long as she's not squinting or pawing or yellow or green discharge, can often just run it's course and improve. It would be good for me to know why she was on the antibiotics to figure out if it is related to that. TMS can have side effects but just seeing the third eyelids isn't one that I'm familiar with -- if it is related some how, it should resolve quickly now that the antibiotics are finished. It is ideal for your veterinarian to check her out. I wouldn't use eye wash until your veterinarian checks her out.

Date: Oct 28, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: right eye 0 tears

Question:my 8 year male rottweiler has 0 tears on right eye? using Ophtalmic solution Opticare eye lube plus one drop every 24 Neo/Poly/Dexa Opth Suspensions 5ml. also drop every 24 hours. over a month already. Still with lot of secretions on his eyes? Vet wants to run a test for tiroids? any ideas?

Answer:I would go ahead and test his thyroid but many of my patients with KCS (Dry Eye) have to go on Optimmune. It's more expensive but you usually only have to do it once (sometimes twice) a day so it's a lot easier and much more effective. You need a prescription for it so if your veterinarian doesn't carry it, have them write you a prescription and we can fill it for you. Here is a link if you want to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

Date: Oct 13, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Conjunctivitis?

Question:Hi there. I have a 6 month old puppy. A couple days ago, I noticed her eye was a bit red and started to accumulate yellowish discharge coming from her eye. I remembered having this when I had pink eye so I looked it up and certain websites says it can be non contagious and contagious. Now, her inner eye folds are starting to become a little more swollen and sheżd rather just keep her eyes closed. Should I get eye drops for her? Iżm not sure what to do.

Answer:Just having runny eyes is usually not a problem but she has 2 things that I tell people to look for that may signal that she needs medication: yellow (or green) discharge and squinting (keeping her eye closed) & pawing. It is usually not contagious in dogs and is usually allergic conjunctivitis. Have your veterinarian check her out as soon as you can.

Date: Sep 14, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Hard, corner eye booger scab

Question:My 8 year old min pin has a hard scab like build up in the corner of both his eyes at his tear ducts. I've taken him to the vet several times and haven't really gotten a clear answer as to what it may be. These hard, crusty scabs form very quickly. I gently clean my dogs eyes at night and by morning he's got crust forming already. If I warm the scab and work it a little, yellow green puss emerges and the scab will fall off revealing red, raw corners of his eyes. I ordered some dog eye wipes tonight and he didn't seem to like them too well. I usually use saline solution. After researching, it seems like he could have dry eye. Is there anything else that you can recommend? It may be worth noting this has been going on for a very long time. Our vet said it could be allergies but there's no way to know what really. I've tried nearly everything even steroid shots every 3 months or so which now only seem to provide him relief for just a few short weeks. I've spent thousands of dollars trying to get my little guy some relief and it's only getting worse. Thanks!

Answer:I would really have to examine him to know for sure but this sounds like allergic conjunctivitis - steroid (with antibiotic) ointment placed in/on the eye works best for this - I didn't see that you have tried that. It could be Dry Eye (KCS) as well. Dry Eye (KCS) is really easy to test for - we perform a Shirmer Tear Test that will tell you definitively if he has KCS. It is relatively easy to treat.

Date: Sep 4, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Pigeon eye problem

Question:Dear you I hope you are well. I have found a wild pigeon that it needs help. Whenever you have free time, I would be very glad to help this pigeon, with your guidance. That wild pigeon eats and fly like a healthy pigeon. It seems that, the wild pigeon is blind in one eye. Because when I shake my hand in front of his damaged eye, he doesn't response. I have send some pictures of that bird in the attachment. That eye is covered by conjunctiva and is dark. There is no visible signs of pox diseases (the existence of nodules on foot or head). Also there isn't any visible parasite in his damaged eye. So, about 20 days ago I thought that it is the Ornithosis diseases (Psittacosis). I started the treatment using Doxycycline as the drug (Dosage: 5mg once a day). I gave him the drug for 12 days, once a day, during 20 days ago.Some Days, he was absent in our yard. So I couldn't give him the drug. Until now, he only eats that drug, 12 days of 20 days ago. At the first days, there was a yellow lump thing, on his damaged eye. But after few days it dropped and his eye appeared. But, almost it is 10 days that, I can't see any difference in his eye and he still couldn't see anything . Just its conjunctiva is little bit decreased, but the eye is still dark. Is there any way to cure his damaged eye? Do you think that, this medication with Doxycycline is correct? How long have I to continue that medication? Is there any risk for the other undamaged eye?(I mean that eye, going to be infected too) How can I prevent that risk? Thank you very much Kind Regards

Answer:I am just a small animal veterinarian, which means I only treat dogs and cats. Consult a veterinarian that specializes in birds. Calling the "exotics" department at your local veterinary school is an option as well.

Date: Aug 25, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye drainage

Question:Does goats milk help with eye drainage

Answer:No, not that I know of.


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