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DateMay 21, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topicgreenish discharge recurring in eye
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Question:

My dog has recurring greenish discharge in his eye. I give him antibiotic eye ointment which helps but then it comes back again. What do you suggest?

Answer:

Treating the underlying condition, whether it's allergies with a steroid or dry eye with Optimmune or something else, is ideal to stop the receurrence.

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DateMay 14, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicCompound eye drops
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Question:

Hi, we are existing customers. We are getting neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and dexamethasone ophthalmologist suspension from our vet for our dog Muffins. I am trying to find a better price and want to see if you make up that compound. I see you do tablets, do you do liquid?

Answer:

Only ointment and drops are ordinarily recommended for eye (ophthalmic) problems, so I don't know what you mean when you say "I see you do tablets, do you do liquid". Here is the only product I see that we carry: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Neo+Poly+Dex+Ophthalmic-prod10184.html but contact customer service to see if they can compund or order you something. This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateApr 17, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye health
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Question:

It looks like you have stopped selling tacrolimus eye drops, is there an alternative?

Answer:

Optimmune works much better for most dogs with dry eye. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

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DateApr 16, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye infection
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Question:

I think my dog has a eye infection. The corner of his eye has a film. Swollen

Answer:

I don't like to take chances with eyes, so seeing your veterinarian is ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, this is often allergic conjunctivitis this time of the year, so: If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary. Oral antihistamines (like benadryl - only active ingredient should be diphenhydramine) may help - their dosage is a lot higher than ours - we dose them at 1 mg per pound of body weight given orally 2-3 times daily.

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DateApr 7, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicSubstitute
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Question:

Why has Pet Meds stopped carrying tacrolimus? Are you carrying a substitute?

Answer:

This is the Ask the Vet section for medical advice. Contact customer service about what products they carry and why. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com In general Optimmune works better for most dogs with KCS and they carry it - here is a link of you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

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DateMar 30, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicOrdering Tacrolimus
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Question:

How much and how do I order

Answer:

I don't see that they carry tacrolimus, but contact customer service for exactly what products they have or can order for you. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com They do carry Optimmune which seems to work as well or better for most dogs: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

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DateMar 22, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicAlternate medication
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Question:

I was using tacrolimus aqueous ophthalmic suspension. 02% and now I cannot find it. Is there an alternate medication I can use? Thank you

Answer:

Optimmune usually works just as well or better for most dogs. Here is a link if you would like to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

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DateMar 15, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye infections
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Question:

Need eye drops or ointment with an antibiotic that does not require a RX .. any suggestions

Answer:

All of the ones that really help dogs require a prescription from a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. Eye infections in dogs are almost always secondary to something else that needs specific treatment (allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye, scratched cornea, etc.) so they can run tests to see what the underlying cause is as well. A product like this may help it feel better until you can get the dog in: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

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DateJan 27, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye drops
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Question:

Do you carry tacrilimus eye drops?

Answer:

Yes - here is a direct link to it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Tacrolimus+Compounded-prod90180.html

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DateJan 23, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye
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Question:

Do you have Pilocarpine

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This is the section for medical questions. Contact customer service for assistance with what products are carried or can be ordered for you. Here is their contact information: Toll Free Number (Call or Text) 1-800-PetMeds® (1-800-738-6337) Email Address customerservice@1800petmeds.com

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DateJan 4, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topic“SLEEP” SECRETION IN EYES
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Question:

My two year old male yellow labrador has sleepy-crust-secretion in his eyes. I’ve used warm salted water to clean the sleep from his eyes. This alleviated slightly, but it returned in both eyes. What should I do?

Answer:

If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't or if it is severe, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

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DateNov 22, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicWeeping eye
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Question:

My dog’s eyes are weeping white goo. What can it be? Thank You

Answer:

Usually it is from the Fall/Autumn allergens swirling around right now. If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

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DateNov 15, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicPannus
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Question:

Which is a better treamtment or are they the same? Should I use Cyclosporine or Prednisolone in drops for my 4 yr old shepard.

Answer:

We usually start with just a steroid (like pred drops) and then add cyclosporine if they continue to have problems/progress. Here is a good article, written by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, about Pannus, including treatment: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=6292624

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DateOct 30, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicChihuahua eye
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Question:

About a year ago my Chihuahua had an eye infection and they gave me Cipro flaxen ophthalmic drops and something else that was an antibiotic also drop but I can’t remember what it was. I need to order something can you recommend something for me for her Ieye

Answer:

Usually it is from the Fall/Autumn allergens swirling around right now. If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't, a veterinarian that has met her face to face would have to approve a prescription medication like Ciprofloxicin.

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DateOct 28, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topiceye infection
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Question:

Can a dog get pink eye? My pup has a red eye with some discharge in the inside corner

Answer:

Usually it is from the Fall/Autumn allergens swirling around right now. If it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. If it is a little worse, an over-the-counter eye gel like this one may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html Then if it doesn't, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

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