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Can I use a little tobradex on my dog gooky eye, after I

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Can I use a little tobradex on my dog "gooky"" eye, after I wash the eye area gently with a warm clean washcloth? He's a little yorkie who otherwise seems fine, but the affected eye has a slightly pinker conjunctiva, and doesn't open as fully.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

Absolutely, I would not use it.

Why?

Containing a steroid (the "dex" in the name of the product), you could really exacerbate a corneal ulcer being present on the eye.

This is the first rule vet's are not supposed to break. We always do a simple eye stain test to know if any corneal scratch or injury exists first.

 

also, it sounds like he may also need an oral antibiotic as well.

 

I would only clean with some warm water, nothing else, until you consult the vet.

 

 

The most common eye tests performed by your veterinarian:

 

Eye Stain Test for Ulcers

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Tear test for Dry Eye

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Glaucoma Eye Pressure Test

 

Especially, with some blepharospasm (eye not opening all the way), well worth getting into a vet today.

 

Good Luck

Dr. Andy

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