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I have a 10 week old kitten whose eyes are very red and it

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I have a 10 week old kitten whose eyes are very red and it seems like the third lid is coming down. I live in the country and don't have a veterinary to take him to. I have Vetericyn and Terramycin, can I use either of these on his eyes? I also would like to state there are other kittens whose eyes are affected also but not to the condition of this one.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

Most of these eyes represent a feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) conjunctivitis which is usually self-limiting within 1-3 weeks. Both Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma bacteria can be the sole infecting agents or be present along with FHV-1, however, so if you have Terramycin ophthalmic ointment, it would be the ointment of choice for those bacterial infections. Dose 1/4" into each eye thrice daily for a minimum of 10 consecutive days. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
thank you so much for your quick response. do I need to wipe the eye first with a soft wet cloth?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

It's always best to irrigate away any discharge before instilling the ointment. Vetericyn eye wash, artificial tears, or just water is OK. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Thank you Dr. Salkin. One more question, I don't have the money to pay until Wednesday. Do I just rate you that day? I have no problem with paying except for that. I'm sorry.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'm not sure how that works. I receive a portion of your deposit when you rate positively. Please contact***@******.*** for more information.

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