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Old 12-19-2012, 06:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Update on Ozzie's pink eye... still there :(

For anyone that remembers awhile ago, I posted that Ozzie had pink eye and a lot of you suggested it could be from the groomer since he had been there days earlier.

Well, after treating him with ointment, the eyes were still very goopy so we took him back and received drops. That time, the other eye was worse than the original eye. Well, after we gave him drops I am now noticing the first eye is all red My bf said the vet said if we brought him back a 3rd time they'd have to swab it and put it in a petree dish to see if it was resistant to antibiotics and whatnot...

Anyone have any similar experiences with pink eye? Bf is convinced it wasn't the groomer since he keeps getting it. We even washed his harness just in case since it goes over his head. Bf thinks it is something around the condo or outside... any thoughts? Bf also keeps nagging me to take the pups to get groomed but I am afraid bc of the pink eye!! Not to mention the owner never responded to my email... shady shady
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, never have experience with it, but what does the vet think? Can you give Oz something preventive before going to the groomer?
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't have any experience with this but do know that pink eye can be contagious and spread depending on the cause. I would definately go to the vet and have them do whatever they have to so they can determine the cause. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Lady had an eye infection (not conjunctivitis, but actually on the cornea) that had to be cultured to determine what antibiotics would work.

I would request a referral to an ophthalmologist at this point so you can find out what is causing it and the proper treatment.

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I'm with Marj. You need to find out exactly what's going on. Conjunctivitis is extremely contagious so really Ozzie shouldn't go to a groomer now even if he didn't get it there so that he doesn't spread it. Groomer does sound shady if she didn't call you back. Willing to bet he got it there. Sometimes it's just hard to cure and can be reinfected.
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I will tell bf that since he is convinced ozzies hair is getting in his eyes causing infection....


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If you read the article I posted the link to, you will see that many things besides infection can cause conjunctivitis. That's why it is important to take him to an ophthalmologist at this point. When Lady had it, it turned out her tear production was low.

Causes

Viral infections that affect the eye, such as canine distemper
Bacterial eye infections
Certain parasites of the conjunctiva or eyelids
Corneal diseases
Disorders of the tear ducts or of tear production
Eyelid infections or abnormalities
Exposure to foreign material such as plant material, fibers, sand and chemicals
Trauma
Allergies
Idiopathic, meaning that no cause is ever defined
Other illnesses, such as skin diseases, that can affect the eyelids and conjunctiva
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I agree that an opthomologist is your next step. Because conjuntivitis is so contagious each eye must be cleaned separately starting with the uninfected eye first. using a clean,new cotton ball or pad for each eye. Also you must be careful not to put the ointment tip of the tube or dropper touching the eye as this will contaminate the bottle or tube..we tell human patients to hold the tip or dropper about a quarter of an inch above the pulled down lower lid and squeeze a line of oint onto the lid from the inner corner of the eye outwards and if it is drops the head needs to be tilted back then wash your hands thoroughly. Hope this helps.
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The eye that was red actually looked better/normal today so we are going to keep an eye on it (no pun intended ) for the time being and will most likely take him back to the vet after the holidays and ask for a referral.

I think we either keep unwittingly re-infecting him (perhaps with the tip of the tube/dropper) or allergies.. I am just perplexed as we have had him a full year now and his eyes have never even gooped up til this happened about a month ago... weird.
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The eye that was red actually looked better/normal today so we are going to keep an eye on it (no pun intended ) for the time being and will most likely take him back to the vet after the holidays and ask for a referral.

I think we either keep unwittingly re-infecting him (perhaps with the tip of the tube/dropper) or allergies.. I am just perplexed as we have had him a full year now and his eyes have never even gooped up til this happened about a month ago... weird.
If it is caused by something besides an infection, that may explain it. Hopefully it will clear up, but if it doesn't, please take him to a specialist. Eyes are nothing to fool around with.
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