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Old 01-26-2012, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Been a while since I posted, but we have recently had some issues with darcie. At first she scratched her eye while in the woods I take her too, so we took her to the vets and hey gave us some antibiotic drops, this was at the end December. Now we're coming to the end of January and she still has the eye ulcer, but just the other day she scratched her eye with her own paw and now she has now got a blood spot above the ulcer.

Has anyone had any experience with eye ulcers, how long do they take to heal? Can I do anything else other than give her the antibiotic drops?

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Eye ulcers have to be treated very aggressively. We had a girl who decided to jump through a screen window and scratched her eye on the cedar shrub that was just outside the window.

Did your vet do an eye stain? Our girl was put on special antibiotic eye drops every hour on the hour for 2 weeks. At first it looked like it was helping but then much like your girl she took her paw and reopened the wounds. Our next step was surgery

The vet lightly scored the eye in a grid like manner. They explained that it would help the eye heal. We then had to once again give eye drops every hour, one was an antibioic and the other was actually made out of her own blood. They took blood, and spun it to get the serum out of the blood so we were using her own body to help heal her eye. This took 3 weeks and she had to wear a cone the entire time so so didnt re injure her eye. All in all after the surgery it took approx. 6 weeks of treatment. We were at the vet twice a week for eye stains and get new serum made up.

In the end we were able to save her eye and vision. She had very minimal scarring to the eye.
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She has been to the vet three times and every time the vet did an eye stain and said to carry on using the drops.

I'm just wondering whether there are any stronger drops that the vet can give because the current ones are stopping her from being irritated but the ulcer just isn't going away.
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What kind of drops? There are ointments that adhere to the eye better than drops so perhaps you can ask the vet about that? Hope Darcie is on the mend soon!
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It says on the box Chloramphenicol eye drops BP, the dosage is 0.5 W/V. I was under the impression these are antibiotic drops.
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http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/op...nealulcers.pdf

There is a specific corneal ulcer called indolent corneal ulcers and "suprise!" they are common in Boxers. Here is a very long paper about them. You might want to show your vet or find an veterinary opthamologist. In the meantime, they do make an ointment from the anitbiotic you are using. Good luck.
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That's what the vet said it was, but they never did a corneal Scrape or anything. Just put in the iodine solution to make the ulcer show and then gave us an oral anti-inflammatory and the antibiotic drops. They haven't even offered to do a scrape then cover with a contact lense.
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If the eye isnt healing with just the drops you will need to have a corneal scaping done like my girl did. Once that was done we were finally on the road to recovery
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Right, on saturday we took darcie back to the vets and they gave us some new drops, and arranged an appointment for today. I have just got back and they have told us the eye isn't healing, so they want to do a grid keratotomy, should I go along with this or should I get another opinion? She's only been on drops for a month.
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The drops should start working right away, if your vet isnt seeing improvement after 2 weeks then you need to try something else. A 2nd opinion never hurts, that way you know you have made the right decision based on 2 peoples professional opinions.
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