I am new to the site, and could really use some help...
Exactly one month ago, I woke up to find my pug puppy (three months old at the time) with two corneal ulcers, that were pretty badly infected. Through the help of my veterinarian, I was able to find a fabulous dog opthamologist, who saw Pretzel that morning.
He prescribed Ciprofloxacin, Muro 128 Ointment, and Atropine. We went for a follow-up appointment three days later, and were told to fast for surgery, just in case.
When we arrived at the follow-up appointment, the doctor saw improvement, and let us continue the use of Cipro and Muro, but discontinued the Atropine.
Skip ahead three weeks to the next appointment...doctor did another stain test, and found that the ulcers had cleared. However, she still had two large blisters in one eye, and one large blister in the other. I was confident that these would heal fairly quickly if we continued to use the meds. However, I find that they are still there, and now we are a total of four weeks in (since day one).
So, I guess what I'd like to know is when/if these blisters will ever be gone completely? Did we dodge surgery, or are we still not quite "out of the woods" just yet? Is it possible that there will be some scarring? Will this permanently affect her vision? Also, does anyone have any idea how much surgical procedures cost?
We have another appointment on 11/1, but the suspense is killing me! Any help is greatly appreciated!
From experience with our SushiPug, unfortunately, there can be permanent scaring from infected corneal ulcers, with even slight "delays" in getting proper treatment, though please note that they do also heal with any scaring.
The permanent effect on vision depends on many factors relating to the severity, size and postilion of the scarring.
We now always keep current bottles of Ciprofloxacin (antibiotic) and Atropine (pain relief) on hand, for immediate application, in the event of an applicable suspect eye trauma, prior to seeing her Ophthalmologist. One bottle expires this month, and we have already replaced it.
The cost of surgery varies greatly.
Others may have more detailed info, but one thing to consider is giving the Ophthalmologist's office a call during non-peak times, and asking the front staff these questions, and possibly speaking with the Doctor as well. In less than a few minutes they should be able to give you the specific answers to your questions as they relate to Pretzel's condition, so you hopefully will have a lower stress level for the next week. hth
Last edited by Squeezable Beasties; 10-25-2011 at 11:09 AM. Reason: Duplicate Post
I'm with Squeezable Beasties, I keep antibiotic drops and atropine drops on hand as well, and a couple weeks ago it saved us a big vet bill when Taco got his eye scratched by one of the cats.
DO NOT give just any antibiotic eye drops/ointments, as those which contain a steroid can make an ulcer worse. Make sure you know what you are giving and why.
I too, have never heard of blisters on the eye. Perhaps this is scar tissue? As she said, visual impairment would depend on severity and placement of the scar.
I think I would ask for one more follow up appointment with the ophthalmologist.
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I'm sorry you're having so much trouble! I know where you're coming from. I have never heard of bubbles either.
I keep medicated drops in the house at all times also. I also give genteal gel 2-3 times a day as the specialist said that it would help the pug eyes from getting ulcers at times!
I got Ofloxacin from the specialists. My vet doesn't carry it, so he wrote me a script and I now get it from Costco.
When I have a scratch...I just medicate a few times a day...unless it is deeper. If I have an ulcer or a deeper scratch.....I medicate every 2 hrs either round the clock or go to every 4 hrs at night. Each time I medicate, I wait 5 minutes and then put in the genteal gel.
I also got these pills from Standard Process. Standard Process Products
I gave it twice a day and I had a really deep ulcer...near surgery....and when it started to heal, I was told that I would have to come in for at least another 6-8 visits! I started it just after the 3 day visit when I was told that surgery was not needed, but I had to keep a good eye on it and continue to come in weekly. I started the pills...and the next week...it was healed!!
You can get it on line or call around and find a human chiropractor that carries this product!
Since your pup is so young...and he has them in both eyes, I'm thinking he might have a bit of dry eye...If that is the case....it will help greatly to give the genteal gel at least twice a day...if not 3 times a day!
Good luck to you!
Last edited by shaynapug; 10-25-2011 at 11:46 AM.
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