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So, I've taken my cat to three separate vets and they've given my cats shots and medication for conjunctivitis. But, nothing has worked! My cat constantly has brown discharge around her eyes and her eyes look red and inflamed. I don't know what to do anymore! I also notice that whenever I wipe her eyes they seem to get worse (more discharge comes out the next day)? I am at my wits end. I feel bad to take her to the vet again because she's always being given medication of all kinds and they never seem to work at the end. What can I do?
 

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hope you figure out what's causing the discharge. I know that weblink says to just use water and a cottonball to wipe discharge away in the meantime, but my own little girl flinched with the water. she was very calm and actually loved getting her eyes cleaned when I switched to pure saline.


hope it's just an allergy and you can narrow down what it is and get rid of it.
 

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cat sneezing, watering eyes, nothing is helping

Hello everyone. Sorry if this is in the wrong section.
My cat Chloe has not been doing too good for 3-4 months now and my vet has not been able to help her.
Here is a quick breakdown.
She is 7 years old and has been pretty healthy until now.
December 2016 she had a cold. Mostly stuff coming out her nose and some antibiotics cleared it up.
November 2017 her left eye started watering. A week later she started sneezing. The vet gave us antibiotics and they did not help at all.
December 2017 her sneezing and watering eye persists. She now has stuff coming out of her left nostril, the same side the eye is watering. The vet gave us a different type of antibiotics and again it did not help.
January 2018 she is not improving at all. The vet gives her a steroid shot for allergies, eye drops and antihistamine.
Now we are in February and my cat is still suffering from the watery eye and stuff coming out from her left nostril. She still sneezes but not as often.
Through all this she has continued eating and drinking.
Lately the amount she eats is random, Sometimes she eats all her food and sometimes she only eats half or so. She is sleeping more and spending alot more time by herself.

Can anyone please offer any advice or suggestions. We have not done any testing because the vet never recommended it until the last visit when they said they could do some test that can possibly rule out allergies.
 

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Cant seem to edit my post. I forgot to mention I do have another cat and he never gets whatever she has and suffers none of her symptoms.
 

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Oh goodness, I'm sorry to hear that she's uncomfortable.

You didn't change food, litter, detergent, or cleaning products, or anything similar, in November that she might be allergic to? I'm assuming the vet prescribed antibiotics thinking it was a herpes flare-up. Do you know which antibiotics? Was it the same one each time?

Are there any veterinary specialists, maybe an eye doctor, in your area that you could consult?
 

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I just read another thread where a member is dealing with a similar situation, watery eyes with discharge, for a few months, and antibiotics haven't helped.

How long has your little cutie had this issue? I would definitely look for a veterinary opthalmologist, as others have recommended, especially since three different vets have not been able to resolve it. If there isn't a specialized practice, you could check if there are university veterinary schools near you.

I hope you're able to figure this out!

maggie, you are lucky to have a kitty who will let you clean her eyes! Celia almost always has a little gunk that she will not let me clean. Sigh.
 

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I have not changed food or litter. I will have to check which antibiotic, I know the second one started with a Z.
I have not gone to a specialist because well these vets to me just want to take your money and they can never give you a direct answer. I spent 200 on these medications for nothing. I have talked to all the doctors in my vet office and they insist she has allergies.
If my cat had herpes would my other cat not get this too?
Last year I spent 700 so they can tell me my cat was constipated. They are thieves! My last vet banned me from the vet because I asked them for a reciept. When they gave me the reciept it only showed 20 dollar credit card charge but not the 100 i gave them in cash and they did not like when I questioned them about it. The vet before that gave my other cat a shot and he could not walk for a month. When I question them they ban me from vet too. I am running out of vets, they are all corrupt. Thats why I come here for help.
 

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maggie, you are lucky to have a kitty who will let you clean her eyes! Celia almost always has a little gunk that she will not let me clean. Sigh.

yeah, I swear it was so relaxing for me to do it for her, too, cuz SHE was so relaxed. I think she thought she was at the spa. :laugh:


Strangeone50, that is horrible about the vets you've had to deal with. are you in a big enough city that you still have a lot of other choices? how 'bout the eye specialist someone mentioned. or a "holistic" vet? have you tried cleaning her eyes with the saline maybe? maybe her eyes are irritated with plain water?
 

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I have not taken her to a specialist because I have already spent a couple hundred dollars with my current vet trying to diagnos her issue.
I have the list of medications we have tried so far since november 2017
clavamox drops
depo medrol injestion
azithromycin
prednisone acetate opthalmic eye drops(the vet said 1 drop in the eye and 1 drop in each nostril once a day)
and a antihistimine(i can get the name later)

Her eye is just watery. Its not puss or discharge. its clear water And along with her nose only her left side is affected. I just wipe her eye with a soft tissue. Her nose also drips clear drops but I do see yellow stuff sometimes only on the left side.
She did have a swollen lymph node on the same left side I forgot to mention but the swelling went down with the depo shot.
Now again my other cat has no symptoms at all.
Im really hoping there is anyone here who can at least help me narrow down what the issue could be based on all the info I have given.
My vet says its seasonal allergies and maybe the heat in the house is doing it to her but Ive had the ac on for 3 days now and she is the same. He said if it is allergies then there is nothing I can do But I want to know if it could be anything more serious since all this allergy medication is not helping.
Its killin me. Everytime I look at her it look like she is crying, I feel horrible there is nothing I can do.
 

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I think an irritation in the nose can cause the eye to water and would also explain why meds for the eye would be ineffective. Something very small may have gotten up her nose and is stuck. How to determine that is listed here:
https://www.wikihow.com/Clear-Respiratory-Foreign-Bodies-from-a-Cat

You can at least see what the vet has to say about this. As it has been going on since November? at this point all options should be taken into consideration. Many vets are like regular doctors in that they will 'work by the numbers' and not deviate from a routine. I understand your frustration, it can seem like they are good at wasting money but it's important to remember vets have to be very careful about what meds/procedures they administer. So see what they have to say about this and bear in mind you may be in for a bigger bill so TRY to see it from their point of view and not be adversarial (even if you're right). For the sake of your kitty.

Hope this helps.
 

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Saxon had greenish eye discharge when we got him. We were told by the woman from the rescue "Oh, it's just an upper respiratory infection, just get some pinkeye drops from the drug store and that will clear it up." Nope, and neither did the prescription eye drops from the vet clinic. Finally, 18 months later, we were referred to a veterinary ophthalmologist and it was diagnosed as chlamydia. A course of oral doxycycline finally cleared it up for good (touch wood).

Herpes is another common cause of persistent eye problems in cats. I know you're frustrated, but don't rule out seeing a specialist.
 

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What would a specialist do differently than my vet? I just dont have hundreds of dollars to spend on a bunch of testing.
I would think based on all these meds the vet would atleast be able to rule some stuff out but they never ever give you a direct answer about anything, no matter which vet I have gone to.

It could be possible she has something stuck up there like mentioned above but my cats stay indoors always. I dont let them out.
If she had herpes or chlamidia I would think my other cat would also get it.
She usually eats dry food while my other cat eats wet food. The last couple days she has been going to his bowl to get the wet food. Idk if maybe her throat is sore now too.
 

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it's at least good that the discharge is all clear, though. I would just suggest again maybe using a cotton ball with saline instead of a tissue. tissues may have lotions or something in them that might be irritating.
and if she isn't having any other issues, then it may not be anything to be really worried about. heck, my eyes get watery every time I go outside myself. I'm always wiping them.
 

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stangone, it is beyond frustrating to go the vet repeatedly and not get a diagnosis, but we can't expect to not pay for their time. I brought one of my kitties to the vet three times in three months, because I knew something was wrong. But each time, exams and bloodwork showed nothing. 10 days after the last visit, she suddenly passed away. At first, part of me thought the vet should have been able to figure out what was wrong, or that I should have pushed harder for more to be done. But then I realized that with nothing to go on, the only thing the vet could have done was test her for absolutely everything.

I know it seems like you're just throwing money at the vet to not get an answer, but I do think it would be worth the money to go to a specialist. The regular vet is your kitty's primary care physician, who is trained to know some stuff about everything, not necessarily to have in-depth knowledge of one particular thing. If I can share a personal example: when routine bloodwork showed I was anemic, my primary care physician told me to take iron supplements. And when follow-up bloodwork 3 weeks later showed worsening anemia, he told me to double the amount of iron I was taking (which, btw, is pointless). In contrast, when my friend's husband had bloodwork that showed anemia, his pcp, an internist, immediately ordered a colonoscopy, because he knew that anemia is very commonly a symptom of colon cancer.

Looking at whether a medication is effective or not might be able to rule out certain conditions, but it's surely not going to diagnose a condition. Depo is a steroid, I think, so it makes sense that the vets would prescribe it, along with pred, if they thought it could be allergies. Clavamox and azithromycin are antibiotics, but did they tell you what conditions they suspected when they prescribed them? I'm pretty sure most antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections, not viral or fungal infections.

DizzysDad brings up an interesting point. There was a member here whose cat had eye discharge, maybe also sneezing, and if I remember, it turned out that there was a polyp in the kitty's nose. I don't remember, though, if it was diagnosed by a regular vet or a specialist. The wikihow article that DizzysDad linked to lists possible tests that a vet could run to try to determine if kitty does have something in her nose.

A complete blood count (CBC), biochemical profile, and urinalysis.
An x-ray of the throat and chest.
Skull/nasal radiographs.
A scope may be used to evaluate the nasal cavity, trachea, and bronchi.
A CT Scan or MRI may be useful in some cases.

I'm assuming, based on how much you've spent, that at least some of these have already been done?
 

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You could go for an office visit to specialist. Take any and all test results. See if they require more testing. All I know is the vets told my daughter the cat's eye had to be removed and the specialist gave her medicine and the cat 8 years later has an eye. When any irritation develops, she just gives the medicine.
Specialist see more situations and read more research that relates to their specialty.
 

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An ophthalmologist just does eyes and nothing else, so would probably see something that a regular vet wouldn't.
 
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