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Poor Lily's eye

Lady Kelly

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Sometime between yesterday lunchtime and today at 11am my poor lily has injured her eye. I noticed shortly before I went out with family so popped some optrex on it until I got back. Had a better look and it was cloudy, swollen and the white part was blazing red. So a lovely trip to the emergency vet, £80 lighter but we have eye drops as over half her eye is ulcerated.

Keeping everything crossed the eye drops do the job quickly and we save the eye
 

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Sometime between yesterday lunchtime and today at 11am my poor lily has injured her eye. I noticed shortly before I went out with family so popped some optrex on it until I got back. Had a better look and it was cloudy, swollen and the white part was blazing red. So a lovely trip to the emergency vet, £80 lighter but we have eye drops as over half her eye is ulcerated.

Keeping everything crossed the eye drops do the job quickly and we save the eye
Fingers very firmly crossed! Eye injuries can happen anytime and ulcerate very quickly. If you can, get hold of some artificial tear gel (like visco tears); apply up to 6 times a day but always wait at least half an hour after any antibiotic eye drops. This will help to soothe eye, keep it hydrated (very important) and wash out the ulcer gunk. ;)

As you have acted very quickly, things will hopefully come right again. Most eye injuries heal off well.

I feel for you; you don't want to see my vet bill this month! :(
 

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Ouch! That sounds nasty both for poor Lily and your bank account! Were you given Isathal? Its amazing stuff. One of mine (can't remember who now) had 2 ulcers in 1 eye, 1 was very deep in the centre of they eye the other wasn't so deep and was just on the edge by the lid. I was told to put in the Isathal 3 times a day and to go back in 3 days when they would review the situation to see if the eye had been saved and in 3 days the eye had completely healed up. Here's hoping that Lily will have the same outcome.
 

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Ouch! That sounds nasty both for poor Lily and your bank account! Were you given Isathal? Its amazing stuff. One of mine (can't remember who now) had 2 ulcers in 1 eye, 1 was very deep in the centre of they eye the other wasn't so deep and was just on the edge by the lid. I was told to put in the Isathal 3 times a day and to go back in 3 days when they would review the situation to see if the eye had been saved and in 3 days the eye had completely healed up. Here's hoping that Lily will have the same outcome.
I wasn't actually. I had those a year or two ago for Willow when she had a slight injury. Can't remember the name without going to look but it began with T. It seemed to coat the eye very well and the vet said to do it 4 times a day (or as many of those as my schedule will allow. It's hard with working full time and due to needing to drive around the county a lot this week I can't even take her into work with me. Going to book an appointment for Saturday morning wuth my usual vet for a check up and then I can always bring it forward if it's not clearing or is getting worse
 

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Check up at vets today. Eye is half the size it was but still looks very sore. There is still ulceration there but it is clearly responding to the tiacil drops. Been given metacam but to be honest I don't think she's that bothered by it. Saw Paula who used to work at my old vets and operated on my late petey bear and she said it all looks very superficial so although we aren't out the woods yet she was confident that we could avoid losing the eye. Luckily for lily I have been on sick leave this week so have been able to do all doses of drops, I might be off next week if I don't feel quite ready to return to work and we have an appointment next Saturday for another review.
 

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Good to hear things are going in the right direction for Lily. Ralph has exactly the same thing - ulcer covering most of the surface of his cornea but his is also healing slowly. These piggies!
 

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A further visit to the vet today for a check up. Despite another injury to the same eye last Sunday she is doing well and the eye is now a normal size and almost a normal colour. There's blood vessels still coming together at one part to help heal but we believe we are safe from the threat of eye removal. Another week of eye drops just for lubrication more than antibiotics and metacam. I was warned there might be a scar there for a while so we shall see how she goes.
 
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