We're guessing that at some point in the process of the eye "dying," the scabby thing is going to fall off, or else the vet will pull it off. We don't know what it will look like once that happens.
My feelings on the situation are dichotomous; on the one hand, I wish there were previous cases we could reference in order to help us know what to expect. On the other hand, I'm glad it seems that very few piggies have ever had to go through such a thing!
If you compare these to previous photos, you will see that the mass continues to grow. Also of note in these pictures is the center of the "crust": it is still wet; that's because her eye is still slowly leaking. As it continues to do so, it builds up the crust more. I also have overhead shots if anyone would like to see these. They make it more apparent that the eye itself is shrinking.
I feel bad because at this point it is clearly bothering Chava simply due to its size; she can't even partially blink the eye anymore, hairs get stuck to it, and she keeps brushing at it with her paw. Additionally, it makes the task of giving her eye drops increasing difficult.
Her appetite remains robust and her poops are healthy, but we are going to call Adobe tomorrow to see if anything can be done about removing the crust. We are going to continue documenting this in full detail, both for our benefit (easier to keep track of changes) and for anyone who might encounter a similar problem with their pig in the future and would not otherwise know what to expect.
- GL is Just Peachy
Now that she can close her eye around it again, it no longer appears to be bothering her at all. we're continuing the drops. What do you guys think?
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I'd continue the drops but skip a vet visit for right now. Your photographs are excellent quality. Will Dr. N. or anyone at Adobe be willing to look at the photo and give you an idea if she needs to be seen relatively quickly?
My vet told me it would be better for the eye to shrivel than to surgically remove it; I feel a bit dubious about this.
You're the only person I've seen given the same advice--did it work? How long did it take? Did it ever cause her problems after?
The actual cut on the eye was superficial. The first vet visit we got pain meds & an eye drop antibiotic (I think!) We were concerned that it may have to be removed, but by his second visit a week or two later it was much better already. According to the vet, the cornea bulged forward and 'sealed' the cut, preventing it from shriveling up or getting infected. Pretty much a "best case senario." We kept him on antibiotics for a month just in case. It healed surprisingly quickly, and he regained sight in the eye over time. His eye still looks like it's conical shaped or something, but that is just the optical illusion of the cornea... in reality it's still round like normal. The cloudiness has totally cleared up.