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pup with bacterial conjunctivitis or is it??

September 25th, 2007, 02:54 AM
My ESS pup-6month old "Rio" is pretty sick right now. Her left eye is completely swollen and the lower lid has pushed outwards. When you look at her you can't see her eyeball. The right eye is also involved. She hasn't responded to two courses of antibiotics and topical steroid. Had to take her for emergency care to opthamologist in Toronto. He put her to sleep-took core biopsies looking for bacteria, virus and allergy. He determined that she has keratoconjunctivits-dry eye syndrome which is not common for a pup to have.

she had- tonometry, nasolactrimal flush,cultures,DNA K9 Ocular Profile, histopathology.
meds- chloramphenicol .5%drops
tacrolimus .02%oil
subconjunctival injection
tramadol for pain

So, I am very worried about my pup. I hope the test tell us something definitive about this recurring problem. The specialist does not think she has structural defects of the eye causing this." Ectropion is a defect of conformation in which there is a sagging or rolling-out of the eyelids. This results in abnormal exposure of the eye which leads to irritation-hereditary." The specialist does not think this is her problem. This can be a problem in bassett hounds, boxers,bloodhounds, clumber spaniels, cocker spaniels, springers, labs.
Results won't be back until next week. I am wondering if anyone has had similiar problems with their dog.

I have attached a photo taken 3 days ago- since then it had gotten worse.

September 25th, 2007, 03:07 AM
Is it possible that it is cherry eye? A lab pup in Riley's daycare had one and it looked a lot like that.

Sending good vibes for Rio :goodvibes::goodvibes::goodvibes:.

September 25th, 2007, 08:55 AM
Hi TeriM- thanks for your thoughts. I too think about cherry eye? It certainly looks like it, but so far I have been told the diagnosis is bacterial conjunctivitis until other tests prove this wrong.

All I know is my little springer is done in. I can't see her eyes and she just flops from one spot to another. If I go to give her a kiss I feel her breath-she wants to but everything is too much! It is very upsetting to watch.:cry:

October 1st, 2007, 12:21 PM

Good news. My pup has a nasty psuedomonas infection in her eyes. The previous antibacterial drops she had been given were not appropriate for this infection. She has no inherited disease of the eyes. Dr Wolfer in Toronto feels very confident that when this infection gets treated effectively, Rio will return to her normal 6 month old self.

Because her infection was so bad, her third eyelids were very swollen covering the eyes. She did not have cherry eye. The dry eyes might clear up after her infection has been treated fully..:fingerscr:fingerscr

Just wanted to update this thread because through others and their experiences with eye problems,I learned alot--thanx