No, that stuff doesn't have the right concentration of salts. I'm also not sure it's sterile. What you want is made for contact lenses but it's the PLAIN, old fashioned stuff. Nothing about "no rub" or gets the protein out or anything like that. This is the stuff you use with heat disinfection or to wash off modern storage solution if you have sensitive eyes. If it costs more than $1 and small change chances are you have the wrong stuff. It's a large-ish bottle, probalby 300mL or so.
Piggy's eye is starting to look cloudy so we have a 3:50 appointment with the vet today. I'm not sure how I'm going to make it there from work but I didn't want to wait until it got infected and nasty.
Anything I should ask about other than the obvious?
Well, Piggy has a great big ulceration on his cornea. :-( Ironically though, the vet sent me home with the one ointment I already had, terramycin, and said to keep him on the metacam. No big deal though, the stuff I have is sort of old. But poor Piggy! The scratch is huge.
It's amazing to me how he has absolutely no reaction to what would have any human pretty much debilitated in pain. We go back Saturday morning for a re-check to see if the ulceration has healed enough to allow safe application of steroids. Poor guy is exhausted.
I'm glad I got him into the vet today and didn't try and wait for a more convenient appointment. I knew right when I came home from work yesterday that he wasn't getting better and needed to go in. My poor baby pig. I'm also glad I had metacam in the house. I can try and take some pictures if you'd like but it's sort of hard to see without the fluorescien stain.
Oh Lord. I'm glad you took him in and hope he has an uneventful recovery.
Keep him in dim light if you can for a while (this tip from one of my old vets for a similar injury). It should help keep him a little more comfortable, though it doesn't sound like that's an issue (thank goodness) right now.
Thank you Talishan. He does seem more comfortable when I put his medicine on in a darker room. I'll keep the room dark and hopefully he'll be comfortable. He's seriously still bright eyed and "bushy tailed," greeting me when come home, eating well, acting happy. Pigs are WEIRD.
We went for a checkup today and the vet said the abrasion is healing up, though not completely. I'm supposed to keep up with the terramycin and metacam and bring him in next week if I don't see continued improvements. I'm not sure how to tell that though, as it's very difficult to see the scratch without the fluorescein. He's still sensitive to light so it's very hard to hold his eye open and get a good look.