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Vet_Dr.Drea, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  Boarded, licensed, and accredited veterinarian. Interests: general medicine, ophthalmology (eyes).
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I own a shitsu/lasa aspo cross 12 year old dog with on-going

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I own a shitsu/lasa aspo cross 12 year old dog with on-going eye problem. Blood shot, tearing, seems bigger(bulging) than the other eye. I have been using ketoralac and tobramycin since May 20. 4 times a day at first, then 2x, then once a day. If i stop he gets bad again. It is only the one eye and he seems in good health otherwise but he does seem to be uncomfortable when his eye is inflamed. Are these eye drops to be used forever, or is there something else that I could do to keep this eye from tearing and becoming red?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Vet_Dr.Drea replied 1 year ago.
Hello, as a licensed veterinarian with a special interest in ophthalmology I am happy to assist you! Has Pete been seen by a vet for this problem? I ask because this sounds highly suspicious of glaucoma, and if that is the case his current medical regime is inappropriate. Glaucoma occurs when the pressure builds inside the eye, causing pain and damage to the tissues of the eye. It causes an eye that tends to appear bulging as you note, becomes red, tears, and is painful. If left untreated it causes irreversible blindness in the affected eye. Dogs show more severe signs than you may be used to in people, as they tend to get a different kind of glaucoma ("closed angle" glaucoma) that causes very high and acute spikes in pressure- these pressure spikes tend to come and go, so the eye will appear ok and then red, and then ok, etc. ***Please note: if he does have glaucoma, he needs to be on anti-glaucoma medication (by prescription from his vet only) or receive surgical treatment. Also, when a dogs comes down with glaucoma in 1 eye, the other eye typically develops glaucoma within 6-12 months. It is therefore important that the other eye be started on preventative anti-glaucoma medication, which will slow the onset of glaucoma in that eye and help minimize pressure spikes. Lastly, if left untreated glaucoma causes permanent blindness in the affected eye so prompt treatment is important*** Please let me know if Pete has seen a vet- and if so, what the official diagnosis was. I can then better direct you. If he has not seen a vet however, I highly recommend that he does, such that he receive a definitive diagnosis and be started on the appropriate treatment. **This is especially important given that his signs are highly suspicious of glaucoma and glaucoma is both blinding and painful** Thank you for your question- please feel free to respond with additional information or questions. When you are satisfied with my answer please remember to rate my answer so I receive credit for my time. All the best to you and Pete, Dr. Drea
Expert:  Vet_Dr.Drea replied 1 year ago.
Hello!
Just checking in- how is Pete doing?
Best, *****
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