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Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:41 pm


The eye? That's what we're trying to figure out. From what I've read, there isn't tx, but I don't have any ophtho books or anything that describes the condition in detail. Someone replied to my post after a moderator sent it to VIN, but I'm still waiting for more replies post adding some info asked for in the last message.

Charybdis

Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:38 am


The eye specialist who saw Meg did not mention any treatment at all, except lubricating the eye in case Meg is not able to blink over it anymore (it does bulge somewhat).

I do have a weird question though -- could glucosamine chondroitin possibly cause/contribute to this? How about kidney disease or liver dysfunction?

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Lynx
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Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:23 am


I was trying to find out something online. Maybe I can look later. I seem to remember it being a potential side effect of steriod use (I think they were talking about horses).

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/191503.htm

Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 3:17 pm


Glucosamine's #1 side effect is gas--especially some brands more than others. Never heard or seen any other side effects documented. I would highly doubt damage to organs.

Charybdis

Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:43 pm


Ok, interesting. She was getting it to coat the bladder, on the advice of several on the stoneslist. Scratchy was getting it too but then I got worried after this happened to her eye.

Lynx, she did have a couple courses of steroids. One was after her first bladder stone surgery two years ago -- a course of Dex which saved her life. Then about a year ago she had a course of Prednisone after a malignant growth was removed from her bladder.

I don't know if that would be enough steroid use. Her other meds are polycitra and metacam.

Josephine
Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:53 pm


Glucosamine should be helpful for coating the bladder lining. We use it a lot in cats. Some vets more than others, of course.

Charybdis

Post   » Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:58 pm


Ok, I will resume using it. Meg also has bad arthritis in addition to bladder problems. Can't use it with Rain, though -- she has a bad problem with gas.

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Calypso

Post   » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:21 pm


I'm bringing this thread back up to add to it. I also have a Monterey pig that appears to have the same eye condition that Meg has. Here are pictures of Milo's eye -

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Best guess is that Milo is around 4 years old. Other than the eye, he's been very healthy and had no other problems (knock wood). Only one eye is affected to this extent (the other eye is still black with a tiny bit of white creeping in and just a hint of possible clouding). It has progressed fairly quickly since Christmas. He doesn't seem bothered by it in the slightest. I believe that he is blind in that eye.

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Calypso

Post   » Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:36 pm


I should probably add that the affected eye has always been distinctly smaller than the other eye.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Mar 31, 2005 11:20 pm


Hi, Calypso. I added these pics to the forum. Let me know if that's okay.

Here's the pic of Meg from http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?p=540599#540599

"Osseous metaplasia of the mesectodermal trabecular meshwork in a guinea pig"

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[edit -- Lynx]

HollyT
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Post   » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:15 am


Kringle had that. Never knew what it was either. Didn't bother him.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:20 am


How long did he have it? So it didn't interfere with lubrication of the eye?

HollyT
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Post   » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:52 am


He had it in both eyes when rescued from the pound. I had him for about a year and he was a senior pig when I got him. The only history I had on him was he had at least two owners and the most recent owners kept him outside at night. I assume he didn't have the best of care. One eye was worse than the other. Lubrication of the eye was never a problem. I always had the impression his sight was affected.

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Calypso

Post   » Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:44 am


Lynx, that's fine. Thank you.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Apr 01, 2005 9:21 am


Thanks, Calypso.


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melcvt00

Post   » Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:07 pm


Eew!

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Pigglies

Post   » Wed Sep 21, 2005 9:56 pm


By the way, those are actually the same photo. The first is resized much smaller. The second was cropped to show just the eye and then resized only a little bit smaller.

The eye does look much worse than before. Poor Meggie.

pinta

Post   » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:05 pm


Does it cause her pain? Looks pretty dead. Arthur has a dead eye that we tear gell twice a day to keep it lubricated to avoid taking it out. So far doing the trick.

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:19 pm


Poor Meg. It looks like the covering has enveloped her whole eye. Sounds like knowing what it is ("Osseous metaplasia of the mesectodermal trabecular meshwork") was of no use in treating it.

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