Dog Eye Problems, Hot Spot & General Holistic Advice
by Dorina A.
eyes Nov 8 2014
Beginning approximately 2 years ago, I noticed my dog's eyes looked funny and were kind of bulging a little; also felt she was having trouble seeing. I mentioned it at the last couple of Vet visits.
Molly (female, 11 yrs, 8 months, dob 3/15/03) has been to the Vets fairly regularly. Overdue now - last visit was 8/2013. (She's only been with me about 5 years)
Her Vet, who had trained with an opthamologist did not see anything wrong; however when I said she is having trouble finding her toy when I throw it, he “believed” me. He said he thought she was OK, but I could bring her to an apthamologist at Cornell University if I wanted to. I didn’t follow up at the time.
Her eyes look cloudier to me (I don’t know how well you will be able to see it in the pic.). I noticed a slight draining from the corners last week, which was rather dry and not oozing and wiped it up; there's a little today (normal?). One of the members from her previous family saw her, also about two years ago, and also thought her eyes looked weird.
Since I've known her, she's never been super keen at running for a toy/ball when you throw it, but always enjoyed it. I have noticed a worsening of her abilities when throwing her toy for her to get, such that she really can’t find it...only with smell...Even if I try to make sure she is watching and only throw it a short ways (10-20 feet), she doesn't seem to be able to track it and has a hard time finding it. She can be right near it at times, but not be able to locate it, and at others she is looking several feet away.
Last night a friend who met Molly for the first time, without knowing of my concerns, instantly said that it looks like she has cataracts. A few minutes later she said, “You know, your dog can’t see. She just bumped into my leg with her head, as if she didn’t see me standing here.” (she was wearing black pants)
Last night I had a large Greenie treat in my hand. As I moved my arm back and forth, it seemed obvious that she could not see the treat. She knows I have a treat (smells it) but doesn’t follow the treat as I move my arm. Just did it again with another treat. She looks like a blind person – her head moves; but not following the treat/my hand.
Don’t know if this is significant or not. She is normally an extremely obedient dog and doesn’t normally require a leash. Except lately, when we get out of the car, she doesn’t obey as well and wanders a bit, sniffy around, or lags behind more than usual on our way into my building (office).
I do not yet have a diagnosis by a Vet. I have scheduled an appointment with an Opthamologist for next Friday 11/14/14, in Rochester, NY with Dr. Kent Burgesser.
As to her medical history (hot spots included below, but it is a current issue as well)
(1) Accident: She was hit by a car as puppy (before she became my dog, so I don’t know the details). I am told her spine was broken and she almost didn’t make it, had surgery. Can feel the bump on her back where the break was. She runs with her back legs somewhat in unison...but she’s full of life and energy and runs around like a pup and gets all excited when we go to the park or when she’s around a lot of people, pets or if playing with her. She was spayed as puppy because of the accident/injury.
(2) Hot spots: She has one now! She had a small one about 6 months ago Before that, she had a horrible one that the vet treated with steroid injection on 8/20/2013 (Triamcinolone Inject 40 mg) and a powder (Neopredef)...nothing worked. He said he only gave her a half dose of steroid because of my concern that it has a psych effect on her as well as, after the previous injection, it took her awhile before she would jump into the back of my car. After the last treatment, she no longer jumps into my car, I lift her hind quarter; otherwise she falls.
I changed her food to a grain free (Taste of the Wild, Sierra Mountain Canine Formula with roasted lamb, dry). I started giving her fish oil ( Wholistic Pet Organics, Wild
Deep Sea Salmon Oil) and rubbing fish oil on the hot spot and that seemed to finally clear it up and has successfully cleared up a subsequent one (about 6 mos ago). I laid off the fish oil for a few days last week as she was having really smelly gas and thought it might be related.
But, she just got another hot spot! I noticed a spot where she was chewing last night but didn’t notice any bald spot. I started putting the fish oil on it last night and in her food and put the Elizabethan collar on her. It’s in her rear right quarter. Not sure if she can reach to scratch it, but scratches near it, and at least with the collar can’t chew it now. When I pushed the hair aside today, can see redness – it may have gotten bigger overnight or I just didn’t look closely enough last night. (See picture from today)
I’ve been treating her and my cat for fleas. (Last year or two I have been using Sentry Fiproguard Max for dogs on Molly and the cat version for my cat). But this month, treated at 31 days vs 30 and she was scratching and we definitely had some fleas in the house as I got bit (bugs love me).
I absolutely hate treating them for fleas (my 16 year old died recently and Vet believes it was a benign brain tumor...his beautiful personality changed over the years... my gut is that it’s related). Last month when I treated my cat (he’s an outdoor cat), globs of hair fell out, a bald spot at the site and he consistently loses/sheds a lot more hair after being treated. Yuk!! But, if I don’t use the treatment, I get a MAJOR flea infestation. I’ve tried diatamaceous earth (food grade) and we still got quickly, badly infested and I was also concerned that it might be too drying and be bad for Molly’s skin? (Last infestation, I eventually treated the animals with the yucky chemical flea tx, but the house with diatamaceous earth...had the stuff covering every inch of the floors on all three levels for a month and had to get two vacuum cleaners repaired, but got rid of the infestation. Can’t say I will go through that again; it was so much work and quite a mess.)
I am planning on trying the Diatamaceous earth again after we get a good freeze this winter. I don’t think it works for deer ticks and we have a lot of that here in Central New York and a lot of deer. For all these reasons, I have great trepidation around trying the Earth again...
(3) Past history for ear mites (before me, 5+ yrs ago)
(4) Vaccines, etc.
There appears to be a 3 year skip in her Vet records, from 6/04 to 8/07 (thinking there were no vet treatments during this time, which was before Molly lived with me), otherwise fairly
DHLPP 2003, 2004, skips to 2010, 2013.
“Corona #2 - 2003
Pro Heart injection 7/13
Stool sample nearly annually (last 8/2013)
“Syrology: HWT/Lyme/Erlich/ana – 2013, .2012, 2010, 2009, 2007
Rabies: 2003 (one year) then three year vaccine in 2004, and every three years after.
It doesn’t look like she’s had a chem profile since a “mini profile” in 2004.
I just saw in the notes that on 12/1/2003 she recieved “Triple AB=HC Ophth Oint.”with instructions to apply to the right eye every 6 hours. (This is when she was a puppy so I don’t know anything about it other than what’s in the notes.) Could a medication she received at less than 3 months old be related to vision problem later in life?
Shampoo and conditioner: Ferminator (helps with the shedding)
We live in Syracuse, NY and I am not aware of any holistic vets here. Most Vets here graduated from Cornell.
I am seeking your advice on her eyes and hot spots, as well as over-all holistic care ( fleas, vaccines, food, etc.) Should I just start giving her your product for cataracts?
Also, do you recommend having dog's teeth cleaned professionally?
I've started brushing, but it wasn't done before she came with me so their kind of stained and a few look kind of bad near the gums. Or use the treatment from your site?
I probably gave you more info than you need, but wasn't sure what was significant or not. If this I need to pay a second fee as I've asked more than one question, please let me know.