Eye Problem. Health

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    Eye Problem.

    Although Eddie was expected to develop Dry Eye due to the drugs that he takes for his bowel problem, it has never really happened. Occasionally he has a little inflammation in his conjuntivae, but a few days of general comfort drops usually clears it, and he has never been short of tears. However, last week, his conjunctivitis was looking much more red than usual, and he wasn't responding to his usual drops. His vet examined him and gave him some chloramphenicol drops and a lubricant gel called Optixcare, but although he had some better days, on the bad days he was worse than ever. Though he is a very good boy, he hated the Optixcare.
    Yesterday we returned to the vet and he was examined under a local anaesthetic. He now has a corneal ulcer - and there is a possibility that he may have a minute tumour of some description in the conjunctival pocket below his eye. He looks as if he has a tear drainage problem too - though he never has any eye-staining. He came home with three eye medications, Clinagel-ve gel, (gentamicin), ExOxin drops, and Viscotears gel. He has to have one the three, each in rotation, every hour that we are awake. He is due back at the vet tomorrow morning, and she has said that if he is no better she is going to remove the outer film of his cornea. I have a lot of faith in Eddie's vet, and she does have an additional opthalmic qualification, but I'm really hoping that he doesn't have to have this done!
    Poor boy, as if he didn't have enough problems with his other end!
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    Poor Eddie - he is such a good and patient boy, putting up with everything he has to have done - my mini horror would have my fingers off if I tried to put drops in her eyes.

    It is good that his vet has ophthalmic qualifications and I do hope he will be OK.

    Please give him a hug and ear twiddle from me if he would like it - and for Merry too - must not leave her out.
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    Poor Eddie ,here’s hoping it's good news
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    The good news is that Eddie's corneal ulcer has gone a little smaller, and we are continuing the once an hour eye drops and gels for another few days. However, his tear ducts are still blocked, and his vet is concerned about the small growth in his lower conjunctiva. If the situation is still the same at his next appointment, she is going to take a biopsy.
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    Good for the good news, with hopes that Eddie's tear ducts and the conjunctiva problems do not require any possibly invasive action.
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    Ed's eye was not improving so he was admitted this morning to have the underneath of his third eyelid examined, and the tiny growth removed for biopsy. I had starved him in anticipation as he looked so bad last night. They have also taken a sliver from the edge of his third eyelid, and he has had an ultrasound examination done on his eyeball. He is still spaced out, but seems much more comfortable already, and has not tried to rub his eye at all since he came home.
    We will have to see what the lab report on the two samples says, but my vets think that it could be nodular episcleritis. Friction from the nodule causing the inflammation to the conjunctiva and sclera. Continuing his eye drops for the time being, but I'm feeling much more upbeat about recovery.
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    Hopefully the lab report does not find anything nasty - I know about episcleritis as it sometimes tends to occur during a Crohn's flareup but had to look up nodular episcleritis, which sounds more painful.

    Anyhow, gentle hugs for Eddie [and Merry of course] xx
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    Hope you get good news
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    Ed has been a strange mixture of good and naughty today. He was angelic on his walk, doing lots of, 'Aren't I being a good boy', heelwork, and passing other dogs as if he only had eyes for his Mum, - or at least, his Mum's left pocket. So loving and cuddly with his Dad, but he has dug and thrown his bedding around all day, and has prodded and nagged at me for - food, his walk, to be let out, or just for attention, all day. When his water dish was almost empty, he stood in it with his front feet, and scratched at the bottom for service!
    (You would think that he had never heard of positive training methodology).
    Of course I'm glad that he is feeling so much better, though his eye is still not looking pretty all the time, but he had better start learning some manners.
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    We have the first of Eddie's biopsy results - for the nodule - and there was nothing suspicious. We are still waiting for the one taken from his third eyelid, but I am concerned about the way that Eddie's eye looks post op.
    When he is outside, unless you look closely, you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him, but indoors, his eye gets more and more inflamed, and even hangs open like an ectropion. He is still having his eye drops and Viscotears gel. I would be even more concerned if he was uncomfortable, but he has spent most of the afternoon running in and out, squeaking his toy. He is far more likely to instigate play than lazy Merry.
    I have spoken to the vet, who says they could collect him from the car and take him in for an examination, but we would not be allowed in the surgery with him, otherwise I could email a photo - hence the attached, which were taken just ten minutes apart, after Ed had had a couple of minutes in the fresh air! I think recovery is going to take much longer than I expected.
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    That eye does look sore in the first picture but so much better in the second one - I hope his vet has some encouraging news when she sees the emailed pictures. It is good news about the nodule though.

    And Eddie looks as handsome as ever, Bless him. xx
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    Bless him, reminds me a bit of Heiko's eye when he had pannus

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