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what causes cats crusty discharge of the eyes?

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what causes cats crusty discharge of the eyes?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
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While a specific cause is difficult to give based on history alone (no examination possible) - the history would be consistent with a viral/bacterial conjunctivitis, which is often part of the Feline upper respiratory disease syndrome.

With respect to infectious triggers, the most likely causes include:

- Feline chlamydia
- Feline mycoplasma
- Feline Herpesvirus-1 - upper respiratory virus

Cats less commonly have primary eye problems as compared to dogs.

Options for at home care include:

- To try to warm compress the eye with a clean, damp, warm cloth. This will help with inflammation in the area.

- The second recommendation is to try to flush the eye with a sterile saline solution. I am referring to a normal, over the counter saline solution commonly found in the same aisle of the grocery story or drugstore as contact solution. (EXAMPLE HERE).

- If this does not work - seeing your veterinarian for evaluation and likely topical antibiotics would be recommended. A common example is NeoPolyGram (EXAMPLE HERE), Erythromycin, or Terramycin.

I hope this helps!
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