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Pimerz777 May 6th, 2010 11:19 AM

Gunky eyes
 
Rolo is a 15-year-old Lab/Chow cross whose eyes have been producing gunk for over 6 months. We've taken him to the vet three times- two different doctors. Both say that there's nothing they can do except prescribe eye drops or ointments which have not helped at all. We have tried everything they have given us, plus every OTC eye drop and gel I think might help. We've tried oral Benedryl, too. We clean Rolo's eyes about three times a day--would do it more, but we both work the same long hours. Sometimes Rolo's eyes are so matted, I know he cannot see. He HATES us cleaning them, even though we use a soft, warm, wet cloth. It doesn't matter if he is in the house or outside with us; he eyes still gunk up. Rolo is otherwise healthy, as far as the vets say. We haven't switched any products for food or cleaning. I am at a complete loss and would appreciate any help I can get for my boy. :confused:
Thanx!

catlover2 May 6th, 2010 12:54 PM

Sorry I can't think of anything to recommend to clear up the gunk, but it might make it easier if you could cliip or shave the coat from around the eyes, so it doesn't get stuck together and would make cleaning easier on you and the dog?

Pimerz777 May 6th, 2010 01:11 PM

Thanks. Rolo has very little hair around eyes. The gunk doesn't get stuck in his hair. The crusty part gets stuck to the runny part that hasn't got crusty yet. The word "extraction" comes to mind. It's a disgusting mess- but a mess confined to his eyes.
I'm praying someone will have the magic answer.

MyBirdIsEvil May 6th, 2010 02:14 PM

How are his blood tests and everything? What exactly did your vets prescribe? What reason, if any, did they give for this happening to him?

He's pretty old. It may be that his immune system is compromised and the infection won't go away or keeps recurring. Drops and ointment aren't going to help if it's an immune issue or if the infection has strongly taken hold. I'm surprised that your vets don't take this seriously and haven't prescribed any oral medication such as an antibiotic. The eye issues have to be very uncomfortable for him.

It also could be an allergic reaction to something, such as an ingredient in his food. Even if he has been on something for a long time he can develop an allergy. It's not uncommon for an older dog to develop an allergy to an ingredient after consuming it for a long time. What kind of food is he eating?

Pimerz777 May 6th, 2010 02:55 PM

I have asked the main vet if something like depo-medrol could be used to make Rolo more comfortable. He said no. I really haven't gotten a definitive explanation about why his eyes are so irritated except that he's old. They have done blood work; I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know what. But, I am calling the vet after work today.
I guess I could always take Rolo to a third vet-- three's the charm, right?
Thanks for the insight!

mummummum May 6th, 2010 03:35 PM

Any vaccinations at the onset of the matter collecting? They can cause conjunctivitis. (sp?)

Has your Vet done a corneal stain? This is generally done to check for ulcers and scratches. How about a Schirmer tear test ?

I'm a fan of Euphrasia/ Eyebright (homeopathic). Tried it?

MyBirdIsEvil May 6th, 2010 09:26 PM

It really sucks to go to several vets, but sometimes it's necessary to find a good one. I could go to all the vets in this town and none of them would be that knowledgeable. I have to drive 45 min away to go to my normal vet, who is great.

Before you go you could try talking to some vets on the phone and see how they sound. See if they sound like they have an idea about what's going on and what kind of tests they would plan on administering, then you could check back with us if you want. That way you don't have to spend the money going to several and figuring out which one will be the best bet. Obviously they can't diagnose over the phone, but you can get a pretty good feel for how they are and whether they have more ideas than the vets you've already been to.

luckymara May 7th, 2010 02:52 AM

Have you heard about "Chamomile Benefits" ?


chamomile may:

- treat eye inflammation and infection. Cooled chamomile tea can be used in a compress to help soothe tired, irritated eyes and it may even help treat conjunctivitis.
[url]http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chamomile.html[/url]
if you want to read the article.
I use'it many times, for eyes infection, for my self, and for all my furry babies.

Pimerz777 May 10th, 2010 10:50 AM

FYI, the reason I go to two vets is pure logistics: I've had the same vet, whom I like and trust, for 20 years. Six years ago I moved an hour away from clinic, and began working another hour away. Two hours away from a vet is just not feasible-- no matter how much you like them. So, I found another doctor, whom I like and trust. Both doctors have another doctor on staff, so we see four different doctors. Some have tons of experience; some have new ideas. I think it's a good combo.
Anyway, yes, Rolo has had his eyes stained twice. I don't remember if vaccinations preceded the problem, but will ask vet to look at records. I will ask for the tear test. And in the meantime I'll try the Euphrasia/ Eyebright.


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