I woke up this morning and my dog's left eye was swollen and droopy. I went to the vet and she said that she thinks it is an ulcer. I have been treating it with the antibiotic cream she gave me. He also had a Benadryl shot, but it is swelling up again. What can I do before I go back to the vet tomorrow?
By Matthew from Fairmont, WV
Call the vet's office today. Since you just took the dog in today, they really shouldn't have any problem with answering some questions for you.
Best of luck. I hope your dog's eye starts to improve soon. To me, one of the worst things is having a sick pet. They can't tell us what's wrong, so we just have to do our best. Wishing you (your dog) a speedy recovery!
Just like humans, eye problems are red and painful, and taking a hot towel and placing it over the eye for a few minutes helps reduce swelling.
The health food store NOW brand has a product called "D-FLAME." It is a cox 2 inhibitor and is better than what the vet gives for pain and doesn't make them sleepy either. I have an old dog dying of cancer and she gets 1 in morning and 1 in the evening and that keeps her free of pain. I also use this and find it very good for my arthritis pain. (Yes it is for humans, but the vet says it's safe for dogs as well.)
Please DO NOT treat you baby with anything from your local pet store. I have worked for a Veterinarian for over 27 years and your baby needs to see an animal eye doctor ASAP!. Your veterinarian can refer you, so please call his office and make an appt. Good luck Eye problems can be very serious.
Oh boy! K9Cats is right, ulcerated eyes are a big deal and need to be treated right away by a canine eye doctor. We had a black lab that developed ulcers in his eyes and needed several surgeries. This condition is very painful for your dog and needs attention right away. Please, make an appt at an animal eye specialist as soon as possible, the longer you wait, the worse things can get. Ask your regular vet for a reference. Please don't wait!
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