Also pics here, and here. I couldn't get her to fully open her eye at all :/
She's holding it shut as much as she can:
This has come on literally overnight. She's hardly opening it at all and seems to be causing quite a lot of discomfort even without touching her eye as she was extremely clingy when I had her out for a closer look, most unlike her and while she will run off in her pen she does seem more reluctant to move. Her other eye is completely normal.
She has always had a tendency to want shut this eye a little more than the other though nothing was ever found to be wrong with the eye at all. Never has it looked gungy, inflamed and sore like this though.
We're getting ready to take her to the emergency vets. I have never dealt with an eye problem before and I really want to know what this is if possible before getting there in case it is a lesser vet on duty.
Gracie is a pet shop pig, I know nothing of her medical past before we got her (at a young age) other than that she may be related to Rosie (a heart pig). She has had no health problems to date. She has no other symptoms that I can see and her weight has not changed.
What would you suggest this is, and what method of treatment?
I shall ask for an eye stain to be done, I can't imagine that being too different from any other animal.
We're due back at the vets on Tuesday and I requested to see the same vet again. She's a bit worried about it, and said it was most likely something chronic given Gracie's tendency to hold that eye a little shut normally. Is this an ulcer?
The vet also pulled an absolutely horrible looking bit of hay out of her eye. It was spear shaped and I felt sick when I saw it. Poor girl :/
We have been prescribed metacam for the pain, 0.4ml once a day orally, and tiacil ophthalmic solution, 1-2 drops twice daily. The latter is in a dispenser designed for cats and dogs so the drops are huge, the vet recommended sticking to one drop twice daily for now. She gave her her first eye drop at the surgery and there is already a noticeable difference. I've given her her metacam when we got home and she is happily eating pellets in the pen now, very happy to be home.
I am pretty worried about her eye though, when the stain went in this thing that showed up just kept growing and growing in size as the dye took to it. It looked serious.
- I GAVE, dammit!
I was instructed to put the a/b cream in every 4 hours, around the clock, for 7 days.
By the end of this time his eye had healed perfectly.
So, the chances of your pig's eye healing are excellent, as long as you're dilligent about giving him his meds.
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"when the stain went in this thing that showed up just kept growing and growing in size as the dye took to it. It looked serious."
I just don't understand what that means. what was growing? Sorry I am not medical.
Feel better pretty Gracie and tell Momma that it isnt her fault.
I think when they get hay in the eye it tends to swell immediately.. I still should have brought her in earlier though but her eye always went back to normal before :/
Mum, do you think the prescribed amount of dosage for our a/b is okay? 1 drop twice daily? It's tiacil ophthalmic solution aka gentamicin, I'll do some searching and see what other people have dosed this at. Thank you for the encouragement :)
I'll stick to the medicines vigilantly and will update if there is any change. I'm gonna go allow myself to relax for a bit now!
Thanks again for all the advice, reassurance and well wishes :)
*healing thoughts* sent to Gracie. Feel better little girl!
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The ointment is gooier and holds its place better. It can also help seal the drops in.
We never were able to make close to 4 to 6 applications per day, which is what every 4 to 6 hours would come out to be. Our eye injuries healed fine applying 2 to 3 times per day ... with the caveat that none were as severe as Gracie's. (Ugh on the hay spear ... poor girl!).
Long story short -- the more often you can apply, the better.
Best to Gracie and to you.
She's taking her eye drops so well, she's such a patient girl. She gives me reproving guinea pig kisses afterwards.