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DateSep 27, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicInquiry about availability of Pilocarpine
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Question:

My Daschshund had surgery and the vet prescribed a 1% solution of pilocarpine. I can't find it on your site. Is this something that you can provide.

Answer:

This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions. For products that they carry or can order for you, contact customer service. 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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DateSep 20, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topicmedication
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Question:

Can I get a prescription for Optimmune without a Schirmer test? I took Charlie to the vet, we tried the prescribed Tobramycin for 10 days; seemed to help at first but now Noooo :-( I want to try something for dry eye as the vet suggested but would like to avoid further expense. Vet said we would need that test... (I have 4 rescued dogs, need to watch the budget ;-)

Answer:

Optimmune requires approval from a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. (A shirmer tear test really shouldn't be very expensive - it is just a strip of paper that is placed in the conjunctiva that measures tear production and takes, literally, one minute.)

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DateSep 16, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topiccherry eye surgery
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Question:

can you help with insuring with pre existing condition

Answer:

Sorry, no, you will have to contact a pet insurance company about that.

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DateSep 4, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicOptimmune
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Question:

Our dog was diagnosed with dry eye. She is aggressive and we cannot apply safely to eye. Is there an effective alternative in pill form? Thank you

Answer:

Honestly, no, sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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DateAug 23, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicDrainage
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Question:

Pet has scant yellow discharge from right eye. No apparent itching, fever or loss of appetite. Treatment ?

Answer:

Having your veterinarian check him/her out to determine an underlying cause and treat that directly is ideal. If that isn't immediately an option, an ointment like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/optixcare+eye+lube+plus-prod12295.html

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DateAug 16, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye problems
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Question:

My morkie has one eye that seems to be draining a lot and has what looks to be a small star on the eyelid. Also in comparison to the size of the other eye it appears smaller in size as if to be swollen around it. Is there something you can recommend for this? Is there any non-prescription jail or ointment that would help her?

Answer:

With eyes, I really try to not guess what is going on by peoples descriptions, so it is ideal to see your veterinarian for an exam if it continues. An eye wash, like this one, may help until they can see her: https://www.1800petmeds.com/ophthalmic+solution+eyewash-prod12621.html

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DateAug 13, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEye
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Question:

What can i use from over the counter for my dogs eye. Looks like its irretated an red an low ?

Answer:

Since there are so many potential underlying causes, it is ideal to see your veterinarian but if that isn't immediately an option, this eye gel may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/i-drop+vet+gel-prod12622.html

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DateJul 20, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeCat
TopicWhite discharge in the eye maybe from bacteria
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Question:

Good morning, Can you please advise if there is a antibiotic or treatment for Dusty's dry eye with white discharge?

Answer:

Often this is "allergic conjunctivitis" with a secondary infection, but there are other possibilities. When it is mild, just rinsing with human eye normal saline (like contact wearers use) can help. His sounds a little worse so an over-the-counter eye gel like this one is where I would start with him: 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. They will need to stain his eye to be sure that he doesn't have any corneal involvement to be able to start the stronger medication that contains a steroid, but I am hopeful that that over-the-counter eye gel may be all that he needs. There is a lot of histamine release with these inflamed eyes, so an oral antihistamine, like benadryl, may help as well. Their Benadryl (only active ingredient should be diphenhydramine) dosage is a LOT higher than ours - we dose them at 1mg per pound of body weight.

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DateJul 10, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
Topicdry eye tear drops
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Is there a non-prescription dry eye tear drop solution safe for dogs?

Answer:

Yes, but none work as well as prescription Optimmune, like this product: https://www.1800petmeds.com/optixcare+eye+lube+plus-prod12295.html

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DateJun 26, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeCat
TopicDry eye
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Question:

That can be applied to the eye of a baby cat as it sheds secretions. how could you help me

Answer:

These eye & upper respiratory issues are common. It is almost always viral. Many cats will improve on their own with no treatment, as long as they are eating pretty well and not lethargic (mopey). If they become more lethargic and/or stop eating, seeing your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and more targeted treatment is ideal. Few easy things to do right now that will hopefully help: (1) Humidity may help, even if it's just a hot steamy bathroom multiple times a day. A humidifier works better, for longer, if you have one, use warm steam. (2) Lysine is an over-the-counter immune supplement that helps some cats - there are many brands that are formulated in chews, powders, gels, etc. that are flavored for cats like this morning: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Immune+Support+L+Lysine+Chews-prod11643.html (3) Terramycin eye ointment - https://www.1800petmeds.com/Terramycin+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10190.html (4) Newer studies are showing that probiotics help these kitties as well, so 2 good brands of probiotics to look for are "Proviable" (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Proviable-prod12083.html) and "Fortiflora" (https://www.1800petmeds.com/Purina+FortiFlora-prod10376.html)

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DateJun 5, 2022
CategoryDry Eye
Pet TypeDog
TopicEyesight
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Question:

What can I get for my dog eyesight she has a clear coat over her eye

Answer:

I would need to examine her and run some quick tests on her to see exactly what is going on to really recommend anything. There are many possibilities (dry eye, cataracts, many corneal diseases, glaucoma, etc etc.) = all are treated very differently so see your local veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

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

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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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