This morning when I was feeding the piggies their breakfast, I noticed that her left eye was all milky and had a round abcess-like wound right in the center!!!!! Horrified, I swooped her up and took her to my husband while I called the vet. Our normal vet was on vacation and her associate was out sick. I called the back-up vet and they no longer had an exotics vet. We finally got an appointment with an exotics vet at Eastern Exotics Clinic in Fairfax, VA. (Anyone have any experience with them?)
My husband had to take her because I had meetings set up for today. He said that the office was in Pender Vet. Hospital and they went so far as to take her to a different office in the building for an exam by an eye specialist (I don´t even want to know how much it cost!!). They came to the conclusion that she started with a lipid build-up around the old scratch site, which inflamed the eye and caused a full-blown infection of the eye (not just the cornea).
I haven´t been home yet but my husband said they have her on a series of eye medications - both drops and ointment. Is there anything I should be aware of? I was just so happy that they weren´t going to put her on any oral medication after our terrible experience with Baytril and our little Scooter; I didn´t even ask him what the meds were. Thanks for any input.
(I could also use some input on how to put drops in a piggie´s eye. This should be fun.....)
Good luck. I think if you do a search in the med forums on "eye" there have been one or two other posts that might help -- but don´t hold me to it.
Lisam - I would be concerned about bacteria from the finger if applying ointmant to the eye from the finger. I squeeze a blob directly onto the eye(vise-like grip) and then close the eyelids and massage gently (and quickly)to distribute.
The important thing with eye meds is not to miss putting them in. The eyes heal very fast if you´re diligent about medicating and yes, that includes getting up at night.
If the pig gets repeated eye infections, one other thing to test for would be dry eye. A schirmer(sp? - am I even close, Josephine?) test measures tear production.
What are the meds?
Neocidin Opth. Solution 1-2 drops 3x day
Neobacimyx Opth. Ointment 1x day at night
(I won´t go into all of the concentrations unless you need em....)
Each of these for 7 days.
As far as dry eye, it would have been something she recently developed. Because of the visible abrasion scars on each of her eyes, the vet seemed to think it was directly related to previous injury. They questioned her diet, saying that if she were fed alot of seed-type treats, it would cause this build up of lipids. But she doesn´t get any of that ever. So they really don´t know why it happened now. And I hope it doesn´t happen to the other eye. (You know how contagious human eye infections can be!!!)
The drops were acutally pretty easy to put in. She was very shifty with the "My eye is wide open...oops, no it´s not! tee hee!" But we managed to get two drops in. We´ll try the ointment in a few hours, I guess.
Panic! Eye clouded over
check this thread for more info.
Already, though, the eye looks better. My husband said that they scraped some of the lipid build up off of her eye at the vets yesterday (ewww... I would have passed out right there on the spot....)
Thanks again, guys.
- Little Jo Wheek
The Schirmer tear test was developed by some famous person...
Yes, the BNP is fine. Neobacimyx is a brand name of the same thing (bacitracin-neomycin-polymyxin B). See how brand names can cause alarm and confusion?
I´m glad to hear the pig is doing better.