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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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My 12 year old cat seems to be bleeding from his eyes but mildly.

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My 12 year old cat seems to be bleeding from his eyes but mildly. He is also very smelly! Should I be worried?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Liz, the most common cause of bloody tears in my practices is the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1). If your cat has a history of respiratory symptoms - conjunctivitis, sneezing, nasal discharge, and/or coughing, FHV-1 is likely. Bacterial infections with Mycoplasma and Chlamydophila may be contributory. Your cat be tested for all of these infections agents or treated presumptively with an antiviral ophthalmic solution containing cidofovir and antibacterial ophthalmic ointment containing oxytetracycline. Both should be available through his vet. The source of his odor needs to be clarified. If his teeth need cleaning and there's evidence of infection in his oral cavity, his saliva which he spreads on his haircoat may be odiferous. If his anal glands are impacted/infected you may be smelling a "skunky" odor. If he suffers from a seborrheic skin condition, you may be smelling dirty gym socks. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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