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: Jun 26, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eyes ozzing
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Question:My 11 year old Golden Retriever has suddenly developed some kind of eye issue where he can’t open his eyes and they seem filled with thick mucus. He also seems a little lethargic

Answer:At his age, really a lot of things could be going on, so having your veterinarian check him out is ideal.

Date: Jun 25, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Eye discharge
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Question:My dog is having some discharge from her eyes, what can I administer to her to her stop it.

Answer:It is ideal for your veterinarian to see her to diagnoses an underlying cause (allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye, etc.) because lots of problems are treated differently. If it is minor, she may respond to an over-the-counter eye lube like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optixcare+Eye+Lube+-prod12294.html

Date: Jun 7, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 4
Topic: Fish has white eyes?
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Question:My fish Karen, aged two, eyes turned white after I added new decor, and the tank had a white film all over, after cleaning the tank and removing all the new items, her eyes are still white and she is lethargic.

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

Date: Jun 5, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 4
Topic: Dry eye
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Question:Hi my phone number is 443-522-1717 please give me a call I want to schedule an appointment tomorrow for my Chinese water dragon at Saturday June 6th at 8:15 p.m.

Answer:This is the Ask the Vet section for medical questions only. Contact a veterinarian that specializes in exotics for help with your ferret. You can often find them at your local veterinary school or on websites like Justanswer.com.

Date: May 22, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: PRA diagnosis.
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Question:We want a dna testing kit. Gold standard. Breeder in denial. Recommend a dna kit for PRA testing please.

Answer:I usually use Wisdom labs for DNA testing. Here is a link to their site: https://www.wisdompanel.com/en-us. I don't think they do PRA testing - you would have to contact a veterinary ophthalmologist about that.

Date: May 13, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Looks like an eye infection
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Question:Is there is any eye medication for it. it's the right eye

Answer:It really depends on what it is secondary to - often it will be allergic conjunctivitis which will need a steroid as well as an antibiotic, BUT your veterinarian will need to stain the cornea to be sure there is no corneal involvement before starting a topical steroid.

Date: May 4, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Cherry eye
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Question:My Beagle has a cherry eye. Is there anything I can do for her?

Answer:Here is a link to a really good article about Cherry Eyes, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951447

Date: Apr 27, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 1
Topic: Eye swollen maybe infected
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Question:Old enough to eat solid food. Right eye extremely swollen and shut.

Answer:If you cannot see the eyeball, it is so severe that seeing a veterinarian is certainly ideal to potentially save the kitten's vision. If that is just not an option at all, try Terramycin ointment, if the kitten is old enough - I can't tell exactly how old by what you describe.

Date: Apr 26, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Eye problem
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Question:Rosie my 11 yo bulldog mix has been doing ok and then last Monday my dogs were playing in the dog park and my younger pit bull played a little too hard and Rosie got tripped and fell over. Monday night she developed a red milky hazy circular shape on top corner of her iris. Wednesday she went to Vet and the vet didn?t know what it is so she referred her to opthamologist. The appt is tomorrow. Rosie has been eating and drinking and using the bathroom fine. But I can tell she is in pain. She keeps her eye closed and this morning there is a milky discharge out of her effected eye. I have a rx for her for carprofen, she hat can I give her for pain until appt tomorrow. I feel so awful she is hurting. I don?t know how to help her. Please help.

Answer:I'm glad she has the appointment with the ophthalmologist tomorrow because I can't tell exactly what is going on with her. The carprofen should be enough to ease the discomfort until tomorrow. Don't give anything else because it may interact with the Carprofen and/or whatever plan the ophthalmologist makes for her tomorrow.

Date: Apr 16, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Cataracts
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Question:Meds for dog with cataracts please you dont have category for cataracts

Answer:Surgery is really the only treatment for cataracts - controlling an underlying condition, like diabetes, helps them not get thicker, but once they have them, surgery is necessary. Here is a good article about cataracts, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951531

Date: Apr 4, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Left eye red ONLY
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Question:My English bull dog has one red eye and has been red for a few days and then started squinting this morning. What should I do

Answer:It is ideal to see your veterinarian for a diagnosis, but if that is not an option, You can try over-the-counter things like human saline eye wash solution and/or eye lubs like this one: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Puralube+Vet+Ointment-prod1621.html

Date: Apr 2, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Eye infection
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Question:My dog has cold coming out of his eyes. Does he have an eye infection?

Answer:That is usually from allergic conjunctivitis this time of the year. Flushes with human eye wash saline and using a lubricant like this may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Puralube+Vet+Ointment-prod1621.html If you see lots of yellow or green discharge, squinting or pawing, then it's time for prescription medication from your veterinarian with a topical antibiotic and/or steroid.

Date: Mar 28, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Dryness
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Question:My bug has like a dry scratch around her inner eye, any suggestions? Please help, thanks a lot

Answer:You can try a general eye lube like this one, but often eye issues, especially this time of the year, will need an antibiotic and steroid preparation, which your veterinarian would have to prescribe: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Puralube+Vet+Ointment-prod1621.html

Date: Mar 25, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Eye infection
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Question:What can help she has pus in her eye.

Answer:Pus is an infection that ideally needs to be checked by your veterinarain to get prescription medications that will work better than over-the-counter products like this: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Puralube+Vet+Ointment-prod1621.html

Date: Mar 20, 2020
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: 2
Topic: Safe substitute
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Question:Our dog was prescribed Cyclosporine eye drops. We can?t get them right now according to our vet due to compounding issues locally. I haven?t seen a big change in her eyes although we have used the drops over 2 years. Is there anything we can use to help her?

Answer:Optimmune works really well for most dogs with Dry Eye. Here is a link to read about it, with the price: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html

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