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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Her eyes are very watery, Lucky and we think 5 or 6 months

Customer Question

Her eyes are very watery
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: Lucky and we think 5 or 6 months maybe
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Lucky?
Customer: Sorry 9 weeks old
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Ok when will he call
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I think its upper respiratory last week we adopted her and dhe just finished treatments
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're likely to be correct. You've described an epiphora - excessive clear tearing - and at Lucky's age this usually is due to an infectious conjunctivitis. The feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) is most common and the bacteria Chlamydophila and Mycoplasma may be contributory or be sole infectious agents. In most cases these cats will remiss unaided within 1-3 weeks. I rarely treat with anything more than supplemental fluids and a convalescent food if my patient becomes inappetent. An oxytetracycline-containing ointment (Terramycin ophthalmic ointment) should be considered if the conjunctivitis worsens instead of improves over the initial 10 days of epiphora. This ointment can be found in many pet/feed stores or online. Dosing is a "dab" into each eye thrice daily for a minimum of 10 days.

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