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My cat's left eye has been watering since almost 3 weeks

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My cat's left eye has been watering since almost 3 weeks now.
She is otherwise healthy, eating well and active.
She has this instance once earlier , but the watering stpped on its own after 3-4 days. At the time the local vet had done a physical examinaton but could not find any injury.Please advise.Regards,
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Is she just passing clear discharge or snotty?

Is her eye cloudy/hazy?

What treatment has her vet started?

Any sneezing or coughing?

Can you take a photo of this to let me see what you are seeing? To post a photo, you can use the paper clip button on the tool bar above the text box. Or if you cannot see that on your phone/computer, then you can post them on any site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, Imgr etc) and paste the web link here for me to have a peek.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Attached are some pics & youtube video of her eye.,
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Thank you,

Did your vet do any tests or start any treatment for this?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
The local vet wasnt able to diagnose the root cause of the issue. We do not have advanced eye tests here.
We have given her the " Ciplox-D (Ciprofloxacin & Dexamethasone) eye drop 4 times so far (once in a day).Regards,
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

Hello again,

That is a shame since this ocular discharge raises concerns of not just bacterial infection but also possible herpes infection, Chlamydophila (which needs to be treated with ~4 weeks of Doxycycline if present), allergies, or possible issues with the drainage of her tear ducts (which tends to need to be flushed under sedation).

So, its fine to try the treatment you noted (which is an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory) but if it doesn't settle bacterial agents or allergies in the next week, then you may need to speak to her vets about these other concerns. Both of those infectious ones I noted can be tested by PCR at a UK vet lab (which do accept international samples). If you were to have these tested, the vet would need to take a swab of the conjunctiva (for Chlamydophila) and back of the throat (for herpes) and then send these to one of those labs (ie University of Bristol or University of Glasgow) to determine if either is causing this. Otherwise, you would need to discuss tear duct issues with her vet and possibly think about having them flush the duct to make sure that isn't causing her signs.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 9 months ago.

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

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