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Ana Garcia | 1 year ago
Hello! I Have Been A Follower For A Couple Of Years And You Helped Me To …

Hello! I have been a follower for a couple of years and you helped me to not give up hope when my 15 year old dachshund suffered from cervical IVDD in October….he was completely paralyzed for 1 month and is mostly back to his rambunctious self. Thank you!!
I do have a question. I am currently fostering an old lady chihuahua who has red eyes. I was wondering if you had come across it or have any resources I could use? She does not have conjunctivitis. She sees well, but does appear to startle if we move too quickly. It appears that the cornea and iris are red…like that of a hamster or rat. There is not really any pupil distinction, however, it does not seem as though she suffers from light sensitivity. Thank you for any information that you can provide.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
If she wasnt born like this ( a condition where there arent any of the normal pigments present in the eyes, as in forms of albinism) then I would see a vet asap. I would be afraid of neoplasia (can happen in the iris), high blood pressure, and even bleeding disorders. Your vet can do a cursory ophthalmic exam to help identify a problem versus a congenital, or acquired condition. In many cases your vet might want to refer you to a boarded ophthalmologist for confirmation and treatment assistance.

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Monika | 2 years ago
Hi There, I Guess It Will Be Long. Anamnesis My Cat Is An Adopted Cat From …

Hi there,

I guess it will be long.

Anamnesis
My cat is an adopted cat from shelter. He was 1.5 yrs old when I adopted him and 9 months old when he got into the shelter. He is 7.5 yrs old now.
He suffered from catflu. He lost his left eye because of it. He had polyp in his left nasal cavity having spread to his left earcanal also, so he had to undergo a surgery at the age of 1.5.

The problem
Every season changes– fall, spring — makes him sneeze so I always administer him Vetri-DMG and Flumax to strenght his immune system.
This fall he was sneezing a lot sounded some discharge up, but didn’t see anything then he started snoring didn’t matter if he was sleeping or awaken. He vomited brownish, greenish, and yellowish fluid. Later on he tried to vomit, but nothing came up. On the top of these he seemed to be gasping for breath or being out of breath.
Since having administered Vetri-DMG and Flumax for 3 or 4 weeks I took him to a vet. He administered him eyedrops (3×2 for 7-10 days) Tobradex — corticosteroid and antibiotics — as he found nothing, but his teary eye and conjunctivitis, which is of course tearing all the time as he has epiphora thanks to catflu. He also administered Moxiclear spot on when the next deworming time comes (he is given dewormer each month, Fenbendazole and Praziquantel — guess you know it as Panacur) to make sure that he has no heartworm or lungworm…

Eardrops have been used for 8 days and he has started snoring again. He snores sometimes even he is awaken when breathing in or out.

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His RIGHT side nostril seems to be swollen inside, so as far as I can see ti and narrower on this side. And that’s what makes me be so worried. I am afraid of… nasal cancer. He is a ginger cat and has lentigo on his nose, in on his lips, on his pows… How can I find out what the problem is? Unfortunately, in my country vets doesn’t know anything except giving injections… If an illness is not well-seen yet they do nothing.

Help us please!

Thank you so much in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, When I see oronasal or facial cancer it usually causes displacement of the eye outward. It can also cause swelling or enlargement of the facial area (bridge of nose and cheek area). I haven’t seen one to cause widening or narrowing of the nose. My suspicion would be more inflammatory than cancer. Unfortunately the only way to diagnose is with either tissue samples (usually from traumatic sampling which only a specialist should do), or a CT scan (which is expensive and not available everywhere). The things I have tried in my clinic have been anti inflammatory nasal drops, nebulizer… Read more »

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Cathy Testerman | 2 years ago
I Rescue Kittens And Find Them Forever Homes. I Currently Have 5 Kittens. …

I rescue kittens and find them forever homes. I currently have 5 kittens. Took them for initial check up Friday. All have upper respiratory infections. I was given Clavamox and terramycin eye ointment. One has developed severe conjunctivitis despite above treatment. Went back to vets and was told to continue above meds. The last kitten I had with this required an antibiotic injection. This kittens eyes have gotten worse since Friday not better. I am frustrated and this kitten is miserable.

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Sarah
2 years ago

I would call and speak to the vet. Let them know if your previous experience and that this kitten is having similar issues. I would ask for the stronger treatment and explain why you’re so concerned. Best of luck!

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Courtney Conaway | 3 years ago
I Have A 2 Yr 8 Mo Old Cat Milo Who I Am Desperate To…

I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.

Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.

At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.

However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.

Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.

I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.

Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry this has been such a difficult road for you. Here are a few suggestions; 1. Has he been tested for felv/fiv? 2. Has anyone looked for a polyp? In my experience they are more common in young shelter cats than older cats. 3. Has anyone discussed rhinoscopy? That would be my first places to start. Some cats absolutely have chronic herpes with chronic sinusitis. They are chronically snotty cats. I have one who is 7 now. She has and always will be throwing snot on my walls. It is who she is. We live with it. As… Read more »

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Michelle Schrager | 3 years ago
My Cat Has A Clogged Tear Duct And He Has An Eye Infection (conjunctivitis) That…

My cat has a clogged tear duct and he has an eye infection (conjunctivitis) that the doctor says is the herpes virus. He has lots of tears pooling under his eye and his eye is very wet and glossy. Its pink and irritated and closed slightly. He was put on famciclovir 250 mg three times a day for three weeks and was doing better but then this weekend his eye didnt look so great so the doctor said to double his dose to 2 250mg pills of famciclovir a day becaue he wa sunderdiagnosed becasue she said for his weight (17.5 pounds) he should be taking two pills and give a prescription for azithromycin. She said that she is not going to try to unclog the tear duct? His eye will continue to tear here and there. Should she try to unclog it and is this medication too much?

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hello. You have to trust your vet. I would make my concerns known to them and have a conversation about what to do. If after that you are still concerned, ask for a second opinion. Best of luck.

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Kristin LeHew | 4 years ago
4 Year Old Male Boxer. Red Eye, Swollen, Drooping With White Discharge. He Is Squinting…

4 year old male boxer. Red eye, swollen, drooping with white discharge. He is squinting, rapidly blinking and pawing at the eye. Conjunctivitis? Cherry eye?

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Sarah
3 years ago

It could be either of your suggestions, or something more. Any chance he scratched the eye? I don’t wait when it comes to eyes. I would call the vet ASAP today/this morning and get him in to be seen. Until then, I would try to keep him from pawing at it, possibly making it worse. I hope he’s ok.

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3 years ago

I agree with Sarah – don’t wait when it comes to eye issues. It could be nothing, or it could be something that needs immediate attention. Better to err on the side of caution and get the dog to the vet today.

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Khanjan Mer | 4 years ago
Hello, I’m From India. I Have A 3 Months Female Kitten Who’s Suffering From Corneal…

Hello,

I’m from India. I have a 3 months female kitten who’s suffering from Corneal Opacity in the right eye and in the left eye, there is a slight change in pattern inside the cornea and it also appears mildly milky when compared with eyes of other kittens.

I consulted a vet but his medication had no effect on this so I met a senior vet yesterday who said, there is hardly any chance of recovery of the right eye (I couldn’t believe this) and it’s devastating to hear. He said the left eye looks okay to him but I guess he didn’t see it clearly as we met outside while he was traveling.

He recommended below medication (to be applied thrice a day):

1. Hypersol-6 (Sodium Chloride Opthalmic Ointment)
2. Flur (Flurbiprofen Sodium Opthalmic Solution)
3. Moxicip (Moxifloxacin Eye Drops IP 0.5% w/v)

I’d like to understand:

A) If the above medication is alright? As I see online that:

– Flur is used before certain types of eye surgery (such as cataract removal). It prevents the pupil of the eye from narrowing. This effect makes it easier for the doctor to examine the inside of the eye, to remove the cataract, and to replace it with a new lens.

– Moxicip is used for topical treatment of purulent bacterial conjunctivitis, caused by moxifloxacin susceptible strains

– While Hypersol is used to reduce swelling of the cornea in certain eye conditions.

B) What is the effective treatment for the eyes get back to normal?

C) Does my kitten need to undergo an eye surgery?

D) Is the medicines mentioned above okay to apply thrice a day as doctor suggested?

Thanks in advance. Looking forward to receive a prompt and positive reply.

Kind regards,

Khanjan Mer

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
Did anyone check the ocular pressure of the eyes? Does anyone have an idea of how long this has been ongoing? Are they progressing? Are the eyes painful? If they are not painful I think that waiting to see how they progress is acceptable. Blindness is a condition cats can adapt to very well if they are kept inside and you provide them a safe constant (don’t move the furniture around) environment. A painful nonfunctional eye should be removed.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello.
If possible check intraocular pressure. Also look into endothelial degeneration and other diseases that might manifest as causing loss of vision. It appears to be focused on the cornea. So ask the vet to look for possible causes to this. I am not sure what is prevalent in your area so I cannot comment much on this. Also make sure the diet is appropriate if possible. Very best of luck.

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Rob Idol | 4 years ago
We Have A Foster Puppy That Has Distemper – In The Last Day He’s…

We have a foster puppy that has distemper – in the last day he’s developed myoclonus in his back leg. He has only had the respiratory symptoms for about a week and has been on antibiotics the whole time (we initially suspected Kennel Cough as did the vet).

He has shown no gastrointestinal symptoms at all – appetite and digestion have remained healthy (if not voracious) throughout.

The snap test at the vet came back negative but I know these can be incredibly unreliable with Distemper. The appearance of the myoclonus in conjunction with the other symptoms has all but confirmed it for us (happy to hear an alternative opinion of course!).

He’s about a month old and when he came to us was malnourished but until this popped up has strengthened and thrived. We have him on nutritional supplements as well. So despite his circumstance and young age, his immune system has a little bit of fight in it.

I know what to look for in terms of it getting worse but what i’m really wanting to know is what to look for in terms of improvement. I know the myoclonus isn’t going anywhere in any event – assuming it doesn’t worsen or develop into seizures and assuming that his respiratory symptoms continue to improve and shows no sign of gastrointestinal issues, how will I know if he’s making progress? The appearance of the neuro signs are obviously of great concern but i’m not sure if them simply not worsening is a sign that he might be winning? I guess i’m a little lost because I know that neuro signs can be signs of the second stage of the disease but I also know that they can show up post recovery.

The myoclonus also only affects him when he’s quietly resting or in some stages of sleep. When he’s walking around it isn’t present and when he’s in deep sleep it doesn’t seem to be present either.

We know his chances aren’t good but just looking for a little bit of hope to hold on to. He has been to the vet but we foster in a third world country so whilst the vet does really good work, getting opinions outside their direct experience can be a little difficult.

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, Unfortunately in these cases the only way to know is to watch and wait and see. And stay in very close contact with your vet. I also get concerned about spread of disease and other possible etiologies like rabies. I feel he is happy and functional (eating, drinking, peeing, pooping) and you are willing to provide the time, care and oversight he needs then all you can do after that is wait and see. But please keep your vet appraised of progress and direct patient care questions. Tell them you want to try to help this pup and ask… Read more »

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Fern Young | 5 years ago
I Have A 5 Week Old Kitten With Conjunctivitis In Both Eyes, Was Advised To…

I have a 5 week old kitten with conjunctivitis in both eyes, was advised to clean with chamomile tea a few times a day but even though it soothes the eyes it isn’t making a lot of difference, what can I use to help clean it all up?

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Finnley Warren | 5 years ago
I Have A Cat Who Is About 3 Years Old And She Is Keeping Her…

I have a cat who is about 3 years old and she is keeping her eye closed. When she does open in the lining of her eye is red and puffy. There is discharge but it is clear like tears. She may have had a smack from the new kitten but we dont see a wound. I have also had someone mention conjunctivitis. Not really sure what to do but we would like to take care of it at home if that is possible.

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