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Watering eye

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Hello, just after a little advice. My little Luna (2 years old) has suddenly developed one watery eye. It is the milky cleaning stuff they produce, it just seems to sit there even after she has cleaned herself. Its only been happening since Saturday. I've checked the eye and no hay pokes or anything stuck in there, she already has bulging eyes when she is scared but her normal eyes are little black beads, these haven't altered at all. No cloudiness, she isn't irritated by it at all. I did go and get her some eye wash and have used that and it seems to have helped but I didn't know if I needed to do something else. The vets around here aren't very piggie savvy. Sorry for waffling :-)
 

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I would take her to the vet for it to be checked just in case there is something you can’t see - the vets can put a dye in to check it. Don’t treat with anything that a vet hasn’t prescribed as you could do more harm than good. A general vet is fine for eyes, it doesn’t have to be an exotic specialist
 

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I think you’re best off taking her to a vet for a check. It’s not advisable to home treat when you don’t know what it is so I would also leave the eye wash. Eyes can be checked by a general vet so see which one you can get her to. Does Luna live alone or has a friend?

:wel: And we’d love to know more about your girl and see some pigtures. Please also add your location to your profile.
 

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Ok thanks, I'll book an appointment today. She has a friend Scooby (he's 4).
Good that you have her seen promptly; watering is a sign of an irritation in the eye and can be the first sign of an eye injury (hay poke) or something stuck under a lid and scratching the surface badly.
Since eye injuries deteriorate quickly, it is always good to have an eye seen promptly. The vet has a special dye that shows the true extent of any damage under UV light. it is often much more extensive than visible by the naked eye.

The good news is that minor eye injuries also heal up very quickly when caught early.

A general vet is perfectly OK since eye treatment and medication is the same as in cats and dogs - it is having the eye seen as soon as possible within 24 hours or in bad cases as an anytime emergency that is the important thing.

You can bring the Scooby with her as a 'paw holder'.
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I have her booked in tonight at 6pm, so am getting her sorted as soon as I can. Thank you everyone x
 

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I love black beauties. Good luck with the vet tonight.
 

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Scooby and Luna, both rescue piggies. It is hard that they are both black but we aren't really bothered by colour it's who was at the rescue when we needed one x
Black and white piggies are the ones that usually get overlooked. It is no accident that my own adopted Tribe husboars have ended up being mostly either black, white or pink-eyed in all kinds of breeds and variations 7 black, 3 white and 3 pink-eyed lilacs and only 4 that do not fall into one of the least popular categories. It's a pity because they are often lovely natured!
 

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Black and white piggies are the ones that usually get overlooked. It is no accident that my own adopted Tribe husboars have ended up being mostly either black, white or pink-eyed in all kinds of breeds and variations 7 black, 3 white and 3 pink-eyed lilacs and only 4 that do not fall into one of the least popular categories. It's a pity because they are often lovely natured!
Ah they sound wonderful. We had Alice before Luna and she was a red eyed beauty, also had Honey and Poppet, Poppet was blind in both eyes but that didn't bother her or us, we just kept the same cage layout so that it didnt confuse her and really that was the only thing we did special. She was a happy little thing. I love white piggies, I actually sponsor a Lethal Piggie "BEN" in Australia and he is absolutely gorgeous. I just love them all lol x
 

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So we took Luna to the vets last night, what a trial. It turns out she has scratched both her eyes, however before I had even put any drops in this morning all the weeping had stopped...... never mind, i have put them in anyway.

The trial was actually at the vets itself, I really don't like they way they are having to work now, not being able to go into the consultation room with your pet, and it was her first time at the vets too plus a very timid lady, I felt quite anxious about the whole thing. The vet actually had to bring Luna out to me in her arms to show me what was happening and show me her green dyed eyes, luckily there was no one else in the waiting area, the dogs had just left. I know we all need to be careful but in these instances are we doing what is best for our pets, handing them over to strangers? Definitely not starting a debate just saying how I feel, and I am aware everyone feels differently. Then I paid the bill, they asked me if there was anything else and I said "yes, can I have my animal back please"....... enough said!
 

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So we took Luna to the vets last night, what a trial. It turns out she has scratched both her eyes, however before I had even put any drops in this morning all the weeping had stopped...... never mind, i have put them in anyway.

The trial was actually at the vets itself, I really don't like they way they are having to work now, not being able to go into the consultation room with your pet, and it was her first time at the vets too plus a very timid lady, I felt quite anxious about the whole thing. The vet actually had to bring Luna out to me in her arms to show me what was happening and show me her green dyed eyes, luckily there was no one else in the waiting area, the dogs had just left. I know we all need to be careful but in these instances are we doing what is best for our pets, handing them over to strangers? Definitely not starting a debate just saying how I feel, and I am aware everyone feels differently. Then I paid the bill, they asked me if there was anything else and I said "yes, can I have my animal back please"....... enough said!
Please implement the full course of antibiotic drops in order to prevent infection setting in and the scratches becoming ulcerated (bluish gunky spot and then film on the eye). The natural healing process has obvious set in but it won't be as quick and necessarily as safe as when you assist it with antibiotic eye drops. I am however glad for you that is only a minor issue that should be fully healed within 5-7 days.

I am very sorry that you are finding the new socially distanced way of handling consultations frustrating and disappointing; you are not the only one.

However, please make allowances for the fact that vets have largely managed to keep their clinics open despite the new system being much more taxing on them, too, and that by now they are running literally ragged - physically and emotionally. Are you aware that they are one of the professions at the highest risk of suicide?
I have found the last months dealing with all the anxiety and mental health issues going through the roof on here emotionally very taxing and draining myself; especially when having to cope with family worries at the same time.
It will have been even harder for them because the misery and the daily frustration is even greater; and hours are often longer as they cannot walk straight out of dealing with a life threatening emergency and an often smaller team.

Please make allowance that these times are testing for everybody involved and that there is no 'normal' right now. To have continuing vet access under the circumstances is a great thing; that it cannot be optimal is a concession that all parties have to make in order to keep the service going as best as possible.

If you want to get an idea how it looks from a vet's side, you may find the video in this guide helpful in putting your own experience into perspective: COVID-19 - Vet visits/emergencies during coronavirus/Covid-19 lockdown
 
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