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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.


Absolutely, I would not use it.


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


Tear test for Dry Eye


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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