Problem With Mudge's Eye - Help!

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crazycheryl

Post   » Sun Mar 26, 2006 7:06 pm


To clarify Tessa's previous post. The problem probably started with trauma to the eye. The conjunctiva is inflamed all around the eye but as you can see there is a "tag" (my word) of conjunctiva hanging from the eye. It looks much dryer today than last night.

However, Mudge has been given Gentocin Opthalmic Drops. We have to administer one drop to the eye every six hours (day and night) for 2 weeks. The dr. said we could decrease to every 8 hours after the first week if the "tag" is shrinking. If the "tag" doesn't go away, surgery would be required to remove it.

Thanks Talishan for the vet recommendation. We saw Dr. Lee and were very impressed with her (even though I felt like we had to drive to east bumble-**** to get there!). Is Dr. Lee pretty good at surgery or have you used her for surgery?

Talishan
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Post   » Sun Mar 26, 2006 9:23 pm


"...we had to drive to east bumble-**** to get there..."

Amen and agreed 100%!!!

Dr. Lee started there last June. She is 'fresh' out of vet school, but I think in her late 20's and has a good deal of exotics-care experience from before and during vet school. She specialized in exotics at UGA.

We've had her do some minor surgeries and she has done very, very well. She's a perfectionist. I haven't asked her to do a spay or neuter, though. I think if the tag needs to be removed, she would do very well.

Good luck with the Gentocin drops. It will take Mudge about two applications to learn how to thwart your efforts. We had best success with a two-person system. Wrap pig in towel and hold gently but firmly. The same person holds the eye gently open, while person #2 stands over Mudge and drops the drops in.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:26 am


I've somewhat developed a system for administering the drops. We just assume that the first one's going to miss but we generally get the second one in. The hardest one was getting up at 1:30 a.m. and giving that dose. It's just not possible to stay partly asleep when giving a guinea pig eye drops!

However, the eye looks a little bit better this morning. The conjunctiva doesn't seem as dried out and I *think* the tag has shrunk a little. Yay! Hopefully no surgery for my little bossy girl.

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rachelm

Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:35 am


Ooh, I'm pleased the tag has shrunk some!

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Mum
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Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:25 am


Good news on the eye! Hope it continues to improve.

klynne

Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:49 pm


"It's just not possible to stay partly asleep when giving a guinea pig eye drops!"

Oh, I disagree. Give it long enough and you will find you can syringe meds, do eye drops, apply ointment, hand feed, and run to the bathroom yourself, all while half-way snoring!

Glad Mudge's eye looks better.

Brandilynn
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Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:41 pm


Hooray Mudgie!!

Talishan
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Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:40 pm


"We just assume that the first one's going to miss but we generally get the second one in."

That's a very good way to do it. If you try to be too precise, you end up getting the tip of the applicator too close to the eye. Then, when Mudge learns to buck her head at just the very wrong time, you risk poking her in the eye with the dropper. We've come close to that with ours.

Better to waste some of the drops. If you need more, see if they'll call a prescription in to a closer vet. Nearly any vet should have those drops. I know they work closely with Georgia Veterinary Specialists; they've sent me there for meds before:

http://www.gvsvet.com/

Abernathy and Roswell Road.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:47 am


Thanks Talishan. I really feel sorry for her - and me - because she runs and hides every time I look at her.

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rachelm

Post   » Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:06 am


My pigs were like that when they were on meds. Once they come off them though they soon resort to loving you again although it may take some extra veggie treats!

Talishan
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Post   » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:03 pm


Ditto Rachelm. It won't take her long to forget all about this. Like about 2 days, if that, once you are able to quit (or even reduce her dosing, which I hope the tag will shrink and you will be able to do).

I don't believe Gentocin hurts, burns or stings. They just really, really hate it.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:25 am


Great news as of last night! When I was giving Mudge her "before bed" eye drop, I noticed that the tag of conjunctiva has disappeared/fallen off! The conjunctiva around her eye has returned to its normal color and all looks good. I think I'm going to cut back to every 8 hours as opposed to every 6 hours, which the vet said was acceptable as long as things were looking better.

Thanks for the help and concern everyone.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:26 am


That is very encouraging. Thanks for the update!

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RavenShade
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Post   » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:54 am


Glad that went well.

FYI, Jules had a growth lasered off his eyelid a couple of years ago. Keep an eye on the eyelid for any further developments. It was a very minor procedure and he's been fine since.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:49 pm


I bet that 8 hours is gonna feel good. :-)

Do keep an eye on it (sorry) for a while longer. If there's something stuck in the tissues to the side of the eye or even behind, problems will reappear. Hopefully that won't happen and Mudge will be fine.

Very glad to hear the good news.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:49 am


Yeah, definitely keeping an eye on it. She's on a 14-day course with the gentocin. Little bugger - her entire face is wet by the time I actually get a drop in the eye.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:53 pm


That's par for the course.

Is Chihiro cleaning her face for her? There's some antibiotics in those drops they shouldn't ingest.

I don't want to scare you, but if Chihiro is being a good BFF, you may want to watch her for soft feces and/or give her some acidophilus or poop soup.

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crazycheryl

Post   » Fri Mar 31, 2006 8:34 am


Thanks for the heads-up. I haven't seen Chihiro clean Mudge's face since the day we came home from the vet. However, she is the mother hen and tends to check on everybody when they're returned to the cage after lap time. I'll give her some acidophilus as a preventive.

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