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DateJul 11, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicEyes that run
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Question:

My pug has a lot of tears that puts his corner of the eyes dirty

Answer:

Having your veterinarian run some tests to be sure there isn't an underlying medical problem (like allergic conjunctivitis, dry eye, etc.) is ideal. If it is just normal tear staining, Angel Eyes probably helps the most. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Angels%27+Eyes+Natural+Tear+Stain+Soft+Chews-prod11566.html

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DateJul 1, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicDry eyes and hard licks in the eyes
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Question:

It a Shitzu with 10 years and have eye problems What do you recomend

Answer:

Since you categorized this question under "dry eye", I'm going to assume that has been official diagnosed by your veterinarian - if not, go ahead and be sure that is what you are actually treating. Optimmune to the gold standard of treatment. Here is a link to read about it: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html Then here is our article about treatment options for dry eye: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/dry-eye-treatment-dog-cat-28.html

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DateJun 19, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicEye problem
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Question:

Hi! Less than a month ago my dog was attacked and bitten around her eye area and had to get surgery on the affected eye. During the past week, I’ve noticed that her eyes look quite sunken and her third eyelid is showing more than usual. Other than that, her behaviour and appetite etc is all normal. Just wondering how serious this would be since I’m avoiding going to the vet nowadays due to COVID.

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With something like this, as you can imagine, I would really need to see her to determine how severe of an issue it might be, so have the veterinarian that originally saw her and did the surgery recheck her.

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DateJun 7, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
Topiceye problems
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on one eye it seems like dry tiny scabs along the lower eyelid.

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I would really need to see the eye and probably run some quick tests on it to be able to tell what is going on (there are many possibilities) so see your veterinarian if it continues or worsens.

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DateJun 3, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicMedication
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Question:

Do you carry tacrolimus aq .03. Cost if you do

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

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DateMay 16, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
Topicwatery eye
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My dog recently started having a watery eye.

Answer:

Often it is from the Spring 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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DateApr 22, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicDogs eyes water alot
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What can I do for my dogs eyes. They always have eye gunk. He is a lab

Answer:

Usually it is from the Spring 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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DateApr 17, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
Topicbest remedy for dry eye
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Question:

what to use for my dogs' dry eyes

Answer:

If your veterinarian has diagnosed true "dry eye", prescription Optimmune is the gold standard of treatemnt: https://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune+Ophthalmic+Ointment-prod10162.html. For mildly red, inflammed eyes, this over-the-counter product may help: https://www.1800petmeds.com/I-DROP+Vet+Gel-prod12622.html

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DateApr 10, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicEye discharge
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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.

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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

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DateApr 10, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicDog
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Hello My dog eyes are cloudy red and looks like she can't open eyes completely And not his usual self

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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

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DateApr 9, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicOptimmune 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

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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.

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DateMar 31, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicSwollen 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.

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DateMar 12, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicMeds
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Question:

Do you have optimmune If so how much Thank you

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

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DateMar 6, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicCrusty. Discharge
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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.

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DateMar 4, 2021
CategoryDry Eye
Pet Typenull
TopicDog
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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.

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