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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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need opinions/strange eye symptoms

My himmie was recently at the vet not more than two weeks ago and put on antibiotics and eye ointment for URI and pink eye. Almost immediatly following the completion of the meds her runny nose came back, and a day later, one of her eyes started oozing again. I gently opened it tonight to clean the puss out and the gland around the eye is very swolen and red, puffy and sticking out when forced open. Is this similar to a cherry eye like one would see in certain dogs? Does it require surgery or is just a really bad case of pink eye? Like I said, she was all cleared up and the meds ran out and she started with the symptoms again.
I will call the vet tomorrow but I would like opinions here too.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 11:48 PM
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Well, it's good you are taking her back to the vet...she may just need a longer/stronger course of antibiotics.

Is there a possibility of something being in the eye? Like a foxtail?
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-11-2005, 08:51 AM
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Sounds like a rather bad case of conjunctivitis. As Ianthe said, it needs a different antibiotic for a longer time since the last one didn't clear it up.

I think the antibiotic drops are easier to use than the ointment. Easier to make sure the right amount gets applied. And be sure to continue as long as the prescription says. Don't stop just because the symptoms clear up.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-11-2005, 09:36 PM
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Yes anything to do with eyes needs urgent treatment, My cat lost both eyes due to a bad strain of conjuntiveits and herpys,

clean the eye with warm water and a tiny pinch of salt in the water,

do not wipe the eye with the same piece of tissue twice.

antibiotics can be chopped and chaged to suit and sometimes its almost trial and error to see what the best one works for the kitty,

But again my number 1 advice is get to the vet in the morning, as leaving it can cause major problems and some that are no fixable.

lol Sorry to sound all urgent ect,, just talking from my own personal experience
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-11-2005, 10:41 PM
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One of my cats got really sick one time with an upper respiratory infection. We still don't know where she got it. The other cats were fine. One of her symptoms was a runny, oozy eye. They did a test to rule out it was not due to a scratch to the eye, which is was not. Then they gave me an ointment and told me she could have an allergic reaction to it, which she did...the eye got worse, much worse. I had to take her back and get another type of ointment. Well, the eye got better but it never really got all the way better. The vet thinks it turned in to a clogged tear duct. The good thing is it doesnt seem to bother her. The bad thing is that I cant help think it must bother her somewhat because it's always watery. It's been about two and half years since that all started.
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