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Eroded Cornea in Dog Eye

by Greg Kurtyka
(SW Pennsylvania)

This is on 6/9/12

This is on 6/9/12

Our 2 yr. old, 50 lb., English Bulldog was "dog sitted" for a week while we did home renovations. Before she left, her right eye was tearing up a little. When she came back, her eyeball looked terrible, and she couldn't keep it open for more than 2 seconds. She went straight to the Vet. He was not her usual experienced Vet, but I still followed his advice.


He said her cornea was eroded and the blood behind it was from blood vessels that were trying to repair the damage. Her eyes are normally solid black. Unless she rolls them far to the side, you cannot see any white. The Vet prescribed Tripple opthamalic ointment, 2 to 4 times a day. Her tear production was normal in that eye, but a little low in the other. He also prescribed Cephalexin 500mg 2x/day for 14 days for a hot spot developing on her neck.

One week later at the follow up the same Vet said that the flouricine (sp?) dye and blue colored light he used showed that she still has an abrasion and he expected "more progress". She was able to keep her eye fully open and does blink when a finger approaches that eye with the other eye covered. He gave more tripple antibiotic and said we should consider a Ophthalmologist specialist.

Two days later, her eye shows "slight" improvement to me. The dimple in the center is a little less porominent and the red coloring behind the cornea is a little less.

My question to you is: Does this look threatening enough to her eyeball to spend $300-$400 on a specialist, and is the treatment so far sound appropriate? Will it get better if we stay this same course, or should we seek different council?

Attached is a picture of what it looks like today. 10 days since her first Vet visit.

Thank you,
Greg

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Jun 10, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Eroded Cornea in Dog Eye
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Greg,
You wrote,
"Attached is a picture of what it looks like today. 10 days since her first Vet visit.
Does this look threatening enough to her eyeball to spend $300-$400 on a specialist?"

YES.

"Is the treatment so far sound appropriate? Will it get better if we stay this same course, or should we seek different counsel?"

Using only Triple Antibiotic ointment is NOT sufficient for the seriousness of this corneal injury. She needs additional meds for PAIN, something for the hemorrhage, and to aid in strengthening the cornea.

A veterinary ophthalmologist should be consulted ASAP.

Going to an ophthalmologist is not a 'holistic' answer, but once an ophthalmologist starts treatment, then other holistic treatments can be added to the mix.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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Oct 06, 2012
follow up
by: Greg Kurtyka

10/6/2012
First of all...Thanks for your help and concern. We did take Zoey to an animal eye specialist. It wasn't as expensive as we thought it would be for the initial visit and diagnosis. whew! The Dr. kept her on the tripple antibiotic, but added another more liquid antibiotic (4 times a day). It was a very slow recovery, but we persisted and we got excelent results. There is very little scarring and she can see like it never happened. The specialist was worth his fee. Thanks again for your help.

Oct 07, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Eroded Cornea in Dog Eye
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Greg,
Thank you so much for the update. That is wonderful news that Zoey is doing so well and that her eye healed completely!

To find a holistic veterinarian in your area click on the link below
Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Please keep us posted by coming back to this page and clicking the 'click here to add your own comments' link below.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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by clicking the like button at the top of the left
margin
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