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

Ask the Vet About Dry Eye (KCS) in Dogs and Cats
Dr. MichaelDym
Dr. Michael Dym

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: Apr 10, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye discharge
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Question:My tea-cup dog has thick gluey slimy discharge that hardens quickly. It's very hard to remove even when I apply warm towel to loosen. It's a super sensitive area for him. Vet prescribed Neo Poly Dex probably 2 years ago and I use it once in a while. Sometimes it goes away right away and seems good for a while but it occures frequently. I shouldn't use it all the time as it's steroids. Is it allergy related or bacteria related? Is there any better treatment? Thank you.

Answer:Almost always, this will be allergic conjunctivitis with a secondary infection. Becaaue it contains antibiotics, it is advisable to give for 7 days at a time so resistance isn't built up. Giving a steroid topically like that is not like them taking it orally. That is the gold standard for treatment. It works better than over-the-counter medication but some people has pretty decent success with this eye gel: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

Date: Apr 10, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog
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Question:Hello My dog eyes are cloudy red and looks like she can't open eyes completely And not his usual self

Answer:With eye issues, it really is ideal to go ahead and get your veterinarian to check her out - many things can cause what you describe (allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye, many different underlying health issues, etc.) and most of these are treated differently. If that just isn't an option, an over-the-counter eye gel like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

Date: Apr 9, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Optimmune Dry Eye Medication
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Question:Will I have to use this medication for the rest of his life? He is 3 yrs old

Answer:Unfortunately, yes, they usually do need it their entire life, but sometimes not and/or you can often really reduce the amoutn of times you apply it.

Date: Mar 31, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Others
Topic: Swollen eye
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Question:I have enrofloxacin and I have a baby guinea pig that has a swollen eye is it bad to give a young guinea pig enrofloxacin

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

Date: Mar 12, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Meds
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Question:Do you have optimmune If so how much Thank you

Answer:Yes, here is a link to Optimmune, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

Date: Mar 6, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Crusty. Discharge
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Question:Every few hours a crust developed in my cat's eye. I remove it with a warm cloth. What can I do to eliminate this problem?

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, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

Date: Mar 4, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dog
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Question:My dog has green discharge in both her eyes and I was needing some ideas of what it could be and if there's anything at home I can do for her.

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, seeing your veterinarian for an official diagnosis and stronger prescription medications may be necessary.

Date: Feb 28, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ointment
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Question:Can i buy an ointment for my dogs eye the dru eye just started and the vet does not have ant appts until a month out?

Answer:Prescription medication must be approved by a veterinarian that has met your dog face-to-face. An over-the-counter eye gel, like this one, may help until you can get the prescription approved: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

Date: Feb 21, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 
Topic: eyes
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Question:looks like a little ball in conor of eye

Answer:I need more information to really help you - I would more than likely need to see what you are talking about and run some tests to see why it occured, even if you described it well, so see your veterinarian if it persists or worsens.

Date: Feb 6, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Red eyes
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Question:My dog doesn't have dry eye but can the I-Drop Vet Gel be used on dogs to refresh eyes that have been in the river, pool or sun a lot?

Answer:Yes, that is the kind of thing we primarily use it for.

Date: Feb 3, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye infection
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Question:Hello, I currently dont have a vet for our dog freyja, she started to have an eye infection, I wipe it clean when I see pus, but I need help getting an antiobiotic for her to get rid of it

Answer:Antibiotics require a precription from a veterinarian that has met her face-to-face in veterinary medicine - they will also need to run a couple quick tests (corneal stain & schirmer tear test) to see exactly what is going on so the correct ointment can be prescribed so see a veterinarian near you. Until then, use an over-the-counter gel like this one to try to keep the eye from worsening: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

Date: Jan 11, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes and blindness and dry eye
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Question:My 13 yr old poodle has diabetes managed with insulin. He has been on cyclosporine for dry eye and I wondered if cyclosporine has any benefit on his failing eyesight?

Answer:It entirely depends on why his eyesight is failing. Cyclosporine helps dry eye, but won't help cataracts (a more common problem in diabetics that can lead to blindness) so see your veterinarian for a diagnosis so you can treat his failing eyesight appropriately.

Date: Jan 11, 2021
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye watering, squinting
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Question:My dogs eye has started to water a lot and he's making it squint. It is red if I lift his eyelid but there isn't any puss/yellow/green discharge. I don't see anything in it either. It has been like this for 3 days now and doesn't appear to be getting any better or worse. Does this warrant a vet visit?

Answer:I would go ahead and have your veterinarian check it out at this point - I don't like to take chances with eyes.

Date: Nov 3, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry Eye
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Question:What do I use for dry eyes? I don’t know what to do

Answer:Optimmune works the best for most dogs. Here is a link to our article about dry eye and various treatment options: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dry-eye-treatment-dog-cat-28.html

Date: Oct 22, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Optimmune vs Visiocare
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Question:Is visiocare generic cyclosporine safe and effective as optimmune.

Answer:I have never had a client try it to be able to say for sure but it has the same concentration (2mg/gram) and active ingredient (cyclosporine) so it should be. Like with everything, different manufacturers have different quality products though.

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