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I pulled a foxtail out of the upper eyelid of my dogs eye.

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It was 1 1/2 inches...
I pulled a foxtail out of the upper eyelid of my dogs eye. It was 1 1/2 inches long. i pulled it out with tweezers that i sterilized. He has stopped trying to paw/rub eye. it is still seeping a little. Not sure if I should give it a day or not.
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Eye foxtails often cause significant damage to the cornea and so after removing them, I'll instill an ophthalmic antibiotic - either once or for a few days if fluoroscein staining of the cornea reveals considerable abrasions or ulcerations. He may do well if you keep the eye clean by flushing it with artificial tears a few times over the next 48 hours but I'd be more comfortable knowing that his vet stains that cornea and treats as I mentioned if necessary. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Is it ok to use Visine or only saline only?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Saline or artificial tears only. Visine contains a decongestant which is drying and would delay healing. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

You're welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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