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Maxitrol Eye Drops - Where Fucithalmic and Chloramphenicol failed

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Laura-CCC4

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I took on a syringe feeding pig recently who acquired an eye injury, most likely a nip on the eye from his cagemate. Treating the eye was not straight forward, I worried that he may lose the eye as it became quite nasty. I went through a number of treatments on Vedra's advice and examination, before finishing up with something I have never used before but did the trick.

5 November
Swollen conjunctivia
Treatment: Optrex Infected Eyes, antibiotic (chloramphenicol), 1 drop 3x daily


8 November
Seen by Vedra
Swollen eye, very bloodshot, textured surface (ulcer?)
Treatment: Fucithalmic eye drops, antibiotic (fusidic acid), 1 drop 2x daily


10 November
Seen by Vedra
Incresed swelling, deeply bloodshot, white substance forming on surface
Treatment: Maxitrol eye drops - steroid, anti-inflammatory (Dexamethasone, neomycin, Polymixin B), 1 drop 3x daily


15 November
Reduced swelling, much less bloodshot, white substance remains on eye
Treatment: Maxitrol eye drops, 1 drop 2x daily


16 November
White on eye vanished (sorry, don't know how!), eye looking much more normal


Sadly this pig passed away from other causes (URI, possibly heart failure) in the early hours of 18 November, but I wish to share the treatment of his eye condition given how severe it did get, and that a treatment that I've not seen mentioned here before, Maxitrol, quite probably saved his eye.
 

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I used maxitrol on my old girl Sherbet, she suffered from - cataracts, glaucoma (where the eye bulged) and uvitis. She started to suffer at about 18 mths and this was the initial treatment from day 1 we used it continually to the day she was sadly pts (bladder cancer). These drops her allowed her to keep her sight all be it very limited, fortunatly at least she never had to endure an op to remove the eyes.
 

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I have recently used Maxitrol drops to successfully treat a severe eye poke injury. The biggest challenge was getting the liquid to cover the eyeball and not run straight off as soon as it was applied!
 

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Wow. That stuff really did the trick. As for the white thing. I was told when Kizzy had bad hay poke that the white film covers the eye to protect it like a scab.
 

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Hi, I'm a newby so this is my first posting. My 3 year old guinea pig Humphrey
Suffered an eye injury about 3 months ago and was prescribed antibiotics. These didn't work as an abscess had formed at the back of his eye. It became very sore and the eye was bulging out. The only option was for the vet to remove the eye, unfortunately all antibiotics have failed to clear the infection up. Last week the vet told me the last resort was Chloramphenicol, it's not ideal as can cause serious problems if it gets into Humphreys tummy. We have been very careful in giving this medicine, it takes 2 of us as we have to hold his head up, we are afraid that it might get into his sinus passageway and find its way in his mouth.
Has anyone else used these meds and if so was it successful. Humphrey seems to be getting better, he's on three meds at the moment, 2 twice a day and 1 three times a day. We are worried that when the eye socket seals the medication won't reach the infection, the vet has said that he has a fifty fifty chance.
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice please, I'm also not used to caring for Guinea pigs, we adopted him from a local school and I have no idea really. We are trying our best and love him dearly, any help would be gratefully received.

Tracey
 

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Opps sorry seems as tho I have put it under new born pup, Humphrey is 3 years old. We also had to syringe feed him as he was very poorly. He now is eating, drinking and back to pooing lots.

Tracey
 

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For stubborn infections zithro-max antibiotic has been used to good effect. A lot of vets are unaware it has been used on guinea pigs as it is an off-licence medicine. However if you PM Furry Friends she can put you and your vet in contact with hers to chat about its effectiveness.

Whereabouts are you based? Can you possibly get Humphrey to see Simon Maddock at Cat and Rabbit Clinic in Northampton?

HTH
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A big thank * for the advice, unfortunately we live in Norfolk. We visit the vets again on Friday so will make a note of the antibiotic you mentioned.
Thank * for taking the time to reply, I will let * know how Humphrey gets on.
 
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