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our lhsa apso got a small scratch on the eye from our cat.

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our lhsa apso got a small scratch on the eye from our cat. she can open her eye but is keeping it partialy closed. there is no obvious (big) wound. any treatment recondmindations
Hi there. Thanks for the question.

Im sorry to hear your dog and cat had a disagreement!!

An injury to the eyeball can be very serious. Especially from a cat. Cat's claws carry a lot of bacteria (think about litter boxes) and if the claw scratched the eyeball it is almost like a hypodermic needle injecting bacteria into the eye. This can lead to a serious infection. Often these scratches to the corner are small but that doesn't mean they aren't serious.

If you have one nearby and are able, I would recommend seeing an emergency vet so that they can stain the dog's eye and ensure that there is not a corneal injury. Or if there is they can start medication immediately. Usually this consists of some antiinflammatories and antibiotics applied to the eye.

If you can not get to a vet today, you should go tomorrow morning. In the meantime, you can do the following.

- Using a sterile saline (like contact solution) gently rinse the eye out.
- Give some BUFFERED aspirin (NOT tylenol or ibuprofen etc) . The dose is 5-10 mg / lb body weight. So if your dog is 10 lbs that would be no more than 100 mg. This will help with pain and keep swelling down.
- Try to keep the dog from rubbing the eye.

I hope this has been helpful and best wishes

Dr. Melissa
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
she doesn't seem to have any pain she has been playing is there over the counter antibiotic that we can give her until we can get her to our regular vet
No. They dont sell eye antibiotic ointments over the counter. Rinsing the eye and giving some aspirin is all you can do at home. Usually if the eyeball has been scratched, within 12-15 hours, you will see reddening of the white parts of the eye and conjunctiva, and sometimes a cloudy looking part of the cornea. But if the eye stays at all painful or squinty, she should see a vet on monday to check things out.
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