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My cat has an infected eye. it is swollen but mot mattering

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my cat has an infected eye. it is swollen but mot mattering up. I have some eye drops called ciprofloxacin will this medication help him?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about your cat. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. If this is a bacterial infection, an antibiotic like ciprofloxacin might help. If it is an allergic, viral, or inflammation problem antibiotics will not help at all. We usually do not use these drops in cats' eyes because there can be reactions and side effects. This is a quote from a veterinary drug book: "Ciprofloxacin may cause crusting or crystalline precipitates in the superficial portion of corneal defects. Other potential adverse effects with quinolones include: conjunctival hyperemia, bad taste in mouth, itching foreign body sensation, photophobia, lid edema, tearing keratitis and nausea. Allergic reactions have been reported with quinolone eye preps." After reading that, I would not recommend using these drops, especially since this is more likely to be viral, or allergic, than a bacterial infection. If there is no discharge, this is probably not an infection. Swelling can mean allergy or inflammation, but not necessarily a bacterial infection. You can use cool compresses for swelling, and you can use saline eye drops. Let me know what else I can help with or answer
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

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