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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat has clear drainage from right eye that turns red then

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My cat has clear drainage from right eye that turns red then black as it dries, what needs done with it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
The eye needs to be visually examined by Buddy's vet including fluoroscein staining of the cornea looking for abrasions or ulcers, his intraocular pressure needs to be checked and a Schirmer tear test performed to see if he's forming enough tears and if the quality of the tears is acceptable. If additional upper respiratory symptoms are present - conjunctivitis (bilateral usually), sneezing, nasal discharge, coughing - respiratory agents such as the feline herpesvirus (FHV-1), Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma need to be considered. In most cases those infections will remiss unaided within a few weeks. If not, for FHV-1 an antiviral drug such as famciclovir can be prescribed systemically and/or an antiviral ophthalmic solution of cidofovir can be prescribed; for Clamhydophila and Mycoplasma the systemic antibiotic doxycycline is the drug of choice. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

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

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