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Dr. Michael Salkin
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She was just diagnosed with herpes in her eyes. She is a cat

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She was just diagnosed with herpes in her eyes. She is a white cat odd eye color and deaf.They gave me steroid drops dexamethasone sodium phosphate ophthalmic usp'0.1percent. She has had idoxuridine ophth solution 0.5 ml which irritated her eyes and stopped giving them after three days Now she has steriods. What can can happen using these in her eyes. Can she have a flarup of the herpes virus which she is 13 years old and never had this. Please answer my questions, I am so worried because she is squinting her eyes after the first dose of new medicine.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Unless the steroid drops were prescribed by a specialist veterinary opthalmologist I would be very hesitant to administer them to a cat with confirmed herpes. Steroids - and particularly such a potent one as dexamethasone - is well-known to bring herpes out of its carrier state and cause clinically apparent herpes infections. I would consider one of the newer and better tolerated antiviral ophthalmics such as cidofovir. This antiviral allows for less frequent administration for a shorter duration of time making it a superior therapeutic choice for many veterinary ophthalmologists and cat owners. It needs to be compounded into an ophthalmic preparation by a compounding pharmacy.

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