Corneal Ulcers & Other Eye Problems in Boxer Dogs
(Sydney , Australia)
I have a boxer who is a 1 year old. Since November he has had his eye scratched nearly 6 times... well, that's what we think as my younger plays rough with my older boxer & they do mouth & paw a lot.
The first time it turned out to be a slightly deep ulcer which cleared up in 7 days doing the stain test. The rest of the times they healed within a couple of days with some anti-inflammatory & antibiotic ointment.
I used METACAM for a couple of days when this happened and so far I must have gone through about 10 doses in the 6 months as I only give it the first day or two when he comes inside after a play. When his eye is sore and he starts pawing at it like crazy, we attend to it right away & it does the trick.
We did question ourselves as to why it happens so often and took him to a eye specialist as I knew that Boxers are prone to these. The eye specialist advised that it is something that he is going to often come up with & that instead of going into invasive surgeries we approach it with some ointment & medications Like METACAM or DIPIRIN. So far his LEFT EYE which always bears the brunt has a slight scar which is not an ulcer but more so a fat deposit (sort of like we have something on our eye glasses) which might be permanent. His right eye (the good eye) however had a few ingrown eyelid hairs (maybe 3) but the eye specialist didn't mention anything needed to be done.
I'm looking for a more natual solution to this instead of METACAMS & ointments. I did read a article about COD LIVER oil - is that an option?
My dogs are RAW DIET FED & they eat chicken carcasses, beef, livers, etc. If they already consume liver is it still necessary to give them COD LIVER OIL (too much VIT A?)?
I also have another vet who has recommended Saline solution with perhaps 5% of ALOE VERA in the purest form from health shops mixed & dropped in the eye also seems to do the trick, but my concern is if he has inflammation won't this hurt??
In short he seems to be the kind of boxer who is prone to eye injuries. I need advise on improving his eye health, some sort of lubricant to keep his eye moist or things like that. They are our babies & any advise in this matter will be greatly appreciated.
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