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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:21 PM
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Unhappy Persistant Problem with Cats Eye

Hi there,

First off, sorry for the long winded post but I cant seem to get my baby any real results from any treatments shes been given. So...here we go...

Ive been back and forth to the vet for 9 months now with no improvement with my cat's eye problems. The vet hasn't been able to give me an actual diagnosis, either. From what I gathered my cat had a scratch on her cornea from playing with a clumsy puppy, however with all the medications she has been prescribed nothing has made a difference.
My first visit I was given Fucithalmic Vet Ophthalmic Gel with Fusidic Acid which had no effect. On my third visit I was given Ciloxan, a stronger antibiotic, Optixcare L-Lysine treats, and an anti inflammatory Voltaren. After administering the treatment for the time I was told, a week, I was laid off and could not afford another trip to the vet. Eventually the eye problem cleared up on its own, only to come back in full force with the stress of a move to a different home.
My next visit to the vet she was prescribed Voltaren and Ciloxan again, and more Optixcare treats, despite the fact I told the vet it had made no difference before. They also gave me Onsior (robenacoxib), a non steroidal anti-inflammatory pill for her to take, as well as tear gel.
Following that they prescribed Erythromycin as well as a serum made from her own blood, and told to continue to use the tear gel.
After that I was given more Optixcare treats and Doxycycline to be given to her orally.
So far since early summer, vet bills have accumulated to well over $1500, probably closer to 2k if I added up all the bills but I haven't the heart or stomach for it. I feel as if my veterinarian is just guessing about everything. Im a starving student as it is, and cant afford many more half-assed diagnoses.
Anyone have any suggestions? I'm taking her to a different vet next time I have the funds to actually afford it.

Thanks for the long read,
ClaireMo


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My cat is a 2 year old calico cat
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Old February 11th, 2015, 07:33 PM
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Whenever my cats have an eye problem, I use a prescribed ointment that says on the tube "Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment" I think its called BNP Ophthalmic Ointment. It usually does a good job.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 01:05 PM
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Hello ClaireMo:

Welcome to the forum. I have a couple of suggestions.
You have not indicated what symptoms your kitty has. Is the eye runny, and if so, what colour is the discharge? Is there any redness in the eyelid? Does she sneeze either occasionally or otherwise? Is she favouring the eye - example, partly open or closed? Has she had recent vaccinations?

What is she eating - there is a possibility of an allergic reaction to something in the food. I would venture to mention that there would have been a lot of stress involved in your move - cats generally re-act to having their routines upset, and a move is a major event to them.

If you can answer some of these questions, it will give other members something to work with.

Personally, I think I would go along with your comment that you are going to find another vet. It seems strange that there hasn't been any definitive diagnosis in all this time - even a calculated guess would be better than nothing at all.

I'm going to include a couple of web sites that might give you some ideas

It sounds to me as though it could be some sort of conjunctivitis and if so, something as simple as pure ( no additives ) L-lysine - not the treats - will help to alleviate some of the problems.

http://www.vetinfo.com/cat-conjuncti...-l-lysine.html

http://www.catsofaustralia.com/conjunctivitis-cats.htm

http://harpsie.com/cat_flu.htm


Here are 3 sites for you to check out. Hope they will shed some light. We would be interested in hearing how you make out with another vet - what they might have to offer to you.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 12:12 PM
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Hi again,

Thanks for the reply. She doesn't have many alarming symptoms beside the cloudy eye. If she is left to rub it it will go from cloudy white to red but no real change besides.
She gets a goopy film over her eye that I clean daily, it seems to be eye boogers in just the one eye. She used to sneeze every once and a while, like a couple times a week, but doesn't any more. Besides that she doesn't have a runny nose. She squints her eye sometimes in the morning but not throughout the day, and it still reacts a bit to light changes.
She's also a very sweet docile cat so I poke and prod at her a lot to make sure she has nothing inflamed on her body like lymph nodes or the like (my old cat developed lymphoma suddenly and died a few years ago so I'm very diligent on checking my cat frequently for any abnormalities) doesnt experience discomfort anywhere unless her eyelid is touched.
I've changed her food a few times since summer to make sure it wasn't what she was eating. She's now eating Now fresh Adult cat food.
Personality and demeanor wise she hasn't changed much at all besides being slightly more lazy as she has matured the past six months but still has plenty of energy and is playful, doesn't hide away or anything.
Just early this morning she has had diarrhea and has been vomiting. It might be a side effect from the doxy medication but I'm unsure. This afternoon she wouldn't eat her lysine treat which is strange for her, and then she experienced diarrhea and vomiting soon after. I've taken her food and water away and haven't given her doxy medication yet today.

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Old February 17th, 2015, 02:36 PM
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Have you gone to an eye specialist vet for cats ? Your vet may not know how treat car eye.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 05:55 PM
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As far as I know we have no specialists in the vets where I live
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Old February 18th, 2015, 12:06 PM
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Hi ClairMo:

Have you given any thought to going to another vet? We know it costs money wherever you go.

I had a similar situation with one of our kitties when she was suffering from upper respiratory problems. Our vet at the time, prescribed L-Lysine and you can get it either from the vet clinic or from a health food store. The vet had a gel in a pressurized tube which delivered a measured dose. The health food store it would be a capsule. If I had to do it again, I would be inclined to try the gel from the vet's office. It was a lot more expensive - perhaps $35. a tube - but would be more flavoured to the cat's liking I would expect. The NOW brand that I was using was 100%, and has a slight salty taste to it
(checked it out last night for taste).

If you decided to go for the capsules, start with a small dose and work up - about 1/4 capsule twice a day sprinkled on her NOW food. NOW food is a good food - I've used it.

Personally from the response from our vet at the time, that there isn't really much can be done for upper respiratory, other than using the L-Lysine, keeping the animal stress down.

You were mentioning the diarhea and upset stomach. It's the side effects of the Doxy med as you suspected.

My feeling is that the vet is suspecting upper respiratory and that's why the vet is using L-lysine treats.
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