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Old 04-24-2009, 07:36 PM
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Cheryl, I don't want to criticize your vet, but I don't understand why Barney wasn't tested for dry eye early on. Every time Harley's eye would re-ulcerate, my GP would do the dry eye test, Schrimer's tear test, but it would always come up normal. The specialist repeated the test, & that's when it came up abnormal. You can "google" the name of the test, & see that it's pretty simple to do. They put a small piece of litmus paper, (I think), in the corner of the eye. The paper is graduated in millimeters. They time the migration of tears up the paper strip for a set amount of time, then read how far the tears have traveled. I don't remember what normal range is but on the first abnormal test at the eye vets, Harley's bad eye read something like 5 which is grossly abnormal. She said that it was probably more like 3, but the treatment he had been on had helped a little.

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Old 04-24-2009, 07:52 PM
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I must give all credit to Cushy. She PM'd me some links that will give you further information about dry eye. Unfortunately, 2 of the links don't seem to want to work when I cut/paste them. I know the Marvista link should work. Maybe Cushiy will send them to you directly.


Dry Eye:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_kcs__dry_eye_.html


Debbie

I'm going to try to put in the other 2 links after Cushy suggested a "fix".

http://www.peteducation.com/article....+1473&aid=1186

http://www.peteducation.com/article....2+2092&aid=451

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Old 04-25-2009, 01:23 AM
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Hi,

Sorry to hear about Barney's eye problems. My other dog, Brin suffered from KCS, dry eye, when he was 4 years old. It started as an infection that didn't heal. His nostril on the same side dried up too as there was no lubrication to it and he couldn't breathe through that side of it. The tears didn't even register on the test. He was on Optimmune for months which wasn't working and so we found a specialist Opthamologist on our own as our vet (at that time, no longer though!) said nothing more could be done. We carried on with the Optimmune as well as artificial tears and steroid drops, I can't remember the name, and after a month or so we could see his nose gradually getting wetter and his eye too. The doses were gradually reduced over the next year and then stopped altogether. He is now 12 and has had no problems since. I think it must have been an immune problem as I was told they usually have to continue the treatment for the rest of their lives.

It is terrible to see them so uncomfortable, I hope Barney gets some relief soon. Did you say he has had steroid drops? I am sure it was those that 'kick-started' Brin's eye into getting better.

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Old 04-25-2009, 08:10 AM
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Thank you Debbie and cushy! I was able to get all of the links open! I am going to get him some artificial tears for him in the interim until he sees the specialist. From the articles the tears are very soothing to the dog, and I am hoping the provide some relief.


Hi Linda,
My vet said no steroid drops until the eye ulcer has healed. It really does sound like dry eye could be the culprit! Thanks so much for the information and I am glad that your dog is problem free now


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Old 04-25-2009, 03:11 PM
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Cheryl, you have to be very careful what artificial tears you buy. I use "Refresh". The eye vet gave me a list of acceptable brands which I am looking for as we speak. If I can find it, I will post the rest of what was on the list besides the "Refresh".

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Old 04-26-2009, 05:28 AM
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Debbie, its funny you should say that. I was at the store I started combing through the MANY different varieties of artificial tears. There are several kinds .............who knew?
I ended buying "artificial tears" (the ingredients seemed the most inert)
but when I got home I was so confused I was afraid to give them
Will head back out today for refresh.

Thanks so much!
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I used the optimmune (cyclosporin) ointment on Buddy for many months after the ulcers. I then started to use lacrilube ointment instead for the dry eye and it worked really well. I think it was Natalie that recommended this as Buddy was diabetic and I had to be careful with a lot of medications. The lacrilube seemed to be the simplest with the least ingredients/preservatives and it did work really well.
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I used the optimmune (cyclosporin) ointment on Buddy for many months after the ulcers. I then started to use lacrilube ointment instead for the dry eye and it worked really well. I think it was Natalie that recommended this as Buddy was diabetic and I had to be careful with a lot of medications. The lacrilube seemed to be the simplest with the least ingredients/preservatives and it did work really well.
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Hey Jenny!
Lacrilube is some pretty good stuff. We use it at work all the time on patients who are unable to blink and moisten their eyes. Thanks for the tip
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:51 AM
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Hi Cheryl,

Here's another suggestion to add to your list. Munchie's Opthamologist first gave me an expensive drop for his dry eye, which I purchased from them (can't remember the name at the moment). He also gave me the name of a reasonably priced over-the-counter alternative I could use for him, which I have been doing since July '07. Seems to do the trick and works as well as the pricey one I first used as far as I'm concerned. It is GenTeal Lubricant Eye Gel (the Severe Dry Eye Formula). Seems like the different specialists must have their own preferences. This was the only alternative I was given for Mr. Munch.

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Old 04-27-2009, 07:21 AM
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Hi Cheryl,

Sorry to be so tardy in checking in.

I hate eye issues we have only had a few and they were all injuries not some systemic issue so I have no real advice, although it looks like you have had lots of good advice from others.

I can send well wishes though as you and Barney deal with it.

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