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I discovered today my guinea pig ozzy, who is almost 7 now, has something wrong with one n of his eyes. It has turned a bluey colour with a white spot in the middle. He normally has black brown eyes. There was movement of the white dot occasionally but it seems like he is unable to see out of it. Any advice or anyone know what this is?
 

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I discovered today my guinea pig ozzy, who is almost 7 now, has something wrong with one n of his eyes. It has turned a bluey colour with a white spot in the middle. He normally has black brown eyes. There was movement of the white dot occasionally but it seems like he is unable to see out of it. Any advice or anyone know what this is?
Hi! It looks like an ulcerating hay poke.

Please see a vet or out-of-hours vet ASAP as any eye infections/injuries can deteriorate very quickly and go deeper into the eye; especially in older piggies where eye removal is no longer an option and the immune system is no longer so strong.

Medication and treatment is the same as for dogs or cat, so any decent out-of-hours vet should be able to deal with it.
Please ask in addition to antibiotic eye drops for metacam (analgesic) and - if they have it - for artificial tear gel (drops will do in a pinch but I find that gel is much easier to apply and lasting). The last is there is keep the eye hydrated and to help with the healing process, especially where the infection has penetrated deeper.
 

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This looks like a poking injury, possibly from hay, and needs a vet visit from prompt antibiotics. Hope he feels better soon!
 

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Hi! It looks like an ulcerating hay poke.

Please see a vet or out-of-hours ASAP as any eye infections/injuries can deteriorate very quickly and go deeper into the eye; especially in older piggies where eye removal is no longer an option and the immune system is no longer so strong.

Medication and treatment is the same as for dogs or cat, so any decent out-of-hours vet should be able to deal with it.
Please ask in addition to antibiotic eye drops for metacam (analgesic) and - of they have it - for artificial tear gel (drops will do in a pinch but I find that gel is much easier to apply and lasting). The last is there is keep the eye hydrated and to help with the healing process, especially where the infection has penetrated deeper.
 

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Thank you so much for all your help!
PS: You can also get artificial tear gel from a pharmacy. Always at least half an hour after applying the antibioic drops to allow them being fully absorbed, but you give the artificial tear drops 3-6 times a day. My specialist vet is very insistent on them, and I must admit that they have contributed to saving a 6 year old's nasty eye infection, which had penetrated deeper. She needed two courses of a strong antibiotic to get to the deeper sitting infection (zithromax/azithromycin) but we managed to save her eye (and life) and give another year of problem free life. ;)

All the best! the sooner you can start treating the better. Ideally you get at least 2 lots of antibiotic eye drops in before you go to bed if you are in the UK.
 

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PS: You can also get artificial tear gel from a pharmacy. Always at least half an hour after applying the antibioic drops to allow them being fully absorbed, but you give the artificial tear drops 3-6 times a day. My specialist vet is very insistent on them, and I must admit that they have contributed to saving a 6 year old's nasty eye infection, which had penetrated deeper. She needed two courses of a strong antibiotic to get to the deeper sitting infection (zithromax/azithromycin) but we managed to save her eye (and life) and give another year of problem free life. ;)

All the best! the sooner you can start treating the better. Ideally you get at least 2 lots of antibiotic eye drops in before you go to bed if you are in the UK.
Thank you for your help. For now, would bathing it in cool water help at all?
 
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