At any rate, we just noticed that Going Merry, our 3 1/2 year old girl, has an eye problem that seems to me to be a hay poke. As her eye looked fine a short while earlier this evening, this obviously just happened.
She does not seem to be in any pain, and in fact came over to me earlier with her best "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a few blueberries today" look. Of course, I gave her a few. (She thinks she fooled me but I am smarter than she realizes.)
What do we need to do, other than watch for any signs of infection? And what are the signs of infection for which we must watch?
Thanks in advance!
(And as I said, we first tried to use the forum's search function but it only returned an error message.)
Are there any particular advantages or disadvantages to either Gentamicin Sulfate or Cirpofloxacin? As for the Gentamicin, guinea pigs do not strenuously object to having ointment applied to their eyes?
- Supporter in '12
I think it would depend greatly on the temperment of your piggy.
Out of my pigs, the one with the eye drops was the worst for doing things with, just the way it had to go of course.
Other pigs of mine have been amazing for doing things you'd think they'd hate.
- Little Jo Wheek
Ointments in general stick around the eye longer, so usually don't have to be applied as often. Antibiotic drops usually need to be used every 6-8 hours (or more often, depending on the med and problem).
My pig never showed any signs of pain, yet had a nasty injury. They hide it well.
Now, in addition to the salve or ointment or eyedrops, should we either expect or request, for example, Metacam for pain? Naturally if she is in pain, as most people here think that she would be, having such an injury, we would want to alleviate it.
If there is pain, it could not be from the cornea proper, could it? I was under the impression that the cornea is essentially dead tissue, with no nerves in it.
- Contributor in 2020
Fortunately, my pigs haven't had many injuries to their eyes, but the few times it did happen, they showed definite signs of pain. The eye is a sensitive area in general.