My cat, Maggie, was scratched last week and developed an eye infection in her left eye. I have been applying othalmic antibiotic ointment for three days now and it looked like it was improving. But when I came home from work tonight now she has both eyes infected and excreting thick fluid from both eyes. I tried to use a clean wash cloth to wipe both eyes off but it has not helped.
Type of Animal: Cat
Name of Cat: Maggie
I've tried antibiotic ointment for eyes, and warm wash cloths.
Hi there,Thanks for your question regarding your 10 year old girl Maggie who seems to have a bad eye infection at the moment. The fact both eyes seem to be involved now is definitely a bit of a worry. First and foremost, I would be quite worried Maggie could have an corneal ulcer on her left eye. Hopefully your Vet has confirmed or ruled this out by adding some dye to this eye. If there is an ulcer present, sometimes it needs to be 'debrided' with wet cotton wool under a local anesthetic by your Vet, and in very bad cases, a special conjunctival graft or contact lens can be applied under a full anesthetic. In these types of cases, I generally recommend an elizabethan collar. This will help to stop Maggie from causing any further inflammation to her eyes if she is pawing at them. Given the amount of thick fluid you are seeing from both eyes now, I would also recommend getting Maggie back to your local Vet to try a different opthalmic preparation with a different antibiotic, as well as adding in an oral antibiotic and an anti inflammatory. Here they dye test can be carried out to rule out a corneal ulcer if this hasn't been done already. In the mean time, continue to wipe both eyes 3 - 4 x per day and for this I recommend wet cotton wool as this will cause minimal trauma to the soft tissues around each eye. Do try and see your Vet at some point on Sunday won't you, as a thick discharge from both eyes is a worry and must be distressing for Maggie. I'm sure that with some oral antibiotics, anti inflammatories and a change in opthalmic antibiotic things will settle. Best of luck with Maggie and do keep in touch with her progress. Just reply if you need any further advice won't you. Don't forget to click an excited face :-D if this has been helpful. Please be sure to reply using the REPLY TO EXPERT button if you need any further help or advice.Kind Regards,Dr M D EdwardsBonuses & positive feedback (5 STARS OR AN EXCITED FACE :-D ) are always welcomed and very much appreciatedPlease remember to only rate my answer when you are 100% satisfied. If you feel the need to click either "Bad Service" or "Poor Service", please stop and reply to me via the REPLY TO EXPERT button with the issue you have. I will be happy to continue further and answer any further questions you may have.If you have any further questions in the future, I would be more than happy to help you again! Just bookmark my profile: Pet-Doc and ask a question via the question box.
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Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. I will try to find an emergency vet to take her to tomorrow. I appreciate your help very much. Have a good day.
No problem! Best of luck tomorrow - let me know how things go if you have time.Kind Regards,Dr Edwards