I think Missy got poked in the eye...

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:40 pm


I think Missy has gotten poked by a piece of hay or scratched her eye. Her eye (where the color would be) is cloudie and the white part of the eye is blood red. Her bottom eye lid is a little swollen. Everything else is normal, eating, drinking, peeing and pooping. She is acting a little skiddish because I don't think she can see out of that eye. Anything else I can do til I can get her into the vet in the morning? Should I seperated her from her cagemate?

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LER

Post   » Wed Sep 29, 2004 10:58 pm


Good luck - do a search there have been a few threads about this lately I belive. Poor baby!

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 12:24 am


Yes, check out a recent thread by Ravenshade. She removed something she could see and flushed the eye. It will need an exam, maybe a stain to see if it is scratched and perhaps an opthalmic antibiotic cream.

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 8:27 am


Ok, I have a 10:30 a.m. vet appointment for Missy. What are some of the safe meds for a guinea pigs eye? I have never had any eye problems, so I just want to make sure what they give me is ok to use on her.

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SuzisZoo

Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 9:56 am


When my Blitzen had a scratch on his eye, the vet gave us triple antibiotic eye ointment (neomycin, polymyxin B sulfates, and bacitracin zinc). Cleared up in no time at all. Let us know how it goes at the vet.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:05 am


Eye meds can have antibiotics that are on the unsafe list. They are not injested or injected. You just make sure you only put in the proper amount and make sure a cage mate does not lick their eyes.

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 12:52 pm


Back from the vet's. Missy appearently did scratch her eye which is now ulcerated and infected. After numbing the eye and staining it, it appears to be only on the surface of her eye. The vet also did some type of (I believe) cytology test on the bacterica and is also having it cultured just to be sure what we are dealing with. The vet is treating this very aggressively so that the infection does not become systemic. Missy is on bactrim twice a day, metacam once a day, BNP oththalmic ointment every four hours, and gentacin drops every four hours. Also, eye lubercating eye drop because her eye is very dry. At this point Missy has no vision in her eye and it just depends on how early we caught this infection on weather or not she will regain her sight. Does this sound like the right treatment for her? Are we missing anything?

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mooser

Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 4:31 pm


Wow that's a lot. When my pig scratched her eye (corneal ulcer) we gave her the opthalmic ointment but it didn't work, then switched to Ciloxan and Atropine(AB eye drops), with Meloxicam. We now have her on human artificial tears, and some new anti-inflammatory drops. Nothing is really working.. it's all scar tissue.

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 6:11 pm


Aggressive is better than half hearted. I hope the eye heals well.

Erin8607
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Post   » Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:59 pm


I mentioned the ciloxan to Chelesgp, I have some that expires in Feb if this first treatment bombs. It was $65 for my rabbit that passed away about 2 weeks after I had it for her. *sigh* Her passing wasn't related to the eye drops, just an fyi.

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Fri Oct 01, 2004 5:54 pm


Missy has shown little improvement today. The only difference in her eye is that her bottom lid is not as swollen. She is still unable to blink her eye. I have been doing her meds as prescribed, even getting up through the night. If this treatment is going to work, how soon should I start seeing improvements? Maybe 2-3 days?

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Oct 01, 2004 7:59 pm


That sounds like a reasonable timeframe. I hope sooner though.

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christina

Post   » Fri Oct 01, 2004 10:19 pm


Sounds similar to what happened with my pig. You can read this link for my info.

http://www.guinealynx.info/forums/viewtopic.php?t=14328&highlight=hobie

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Sat Oct 02, 2004 7:35 am


Thanks Christina. Missy's eye looks much worse then your pig's did. Although, the vet did say that Missy's "scratch" is only on the surface, which I guess is the only good part of everything. Now we just have to battle the infection. I have to call the vet on Monday to let her know of any improvements, hopefully I will have good news to report.

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christina

Post   » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:24 pm


I hope Missy is feeling better soon. I think it was about 3 days before I could see dramatic improvement in my guy.

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Post   » Sat Oct 02, 2004 5:22 pm


It sounds like a more serious injury. I hope it heals well. It sounds like the vet knows what he/she is doing.

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:35 am


Missy is still not showing "big" improvements and this is day 3. The actual ulcer on her eyes had gone away last night, but has returned this morning (not as bad). The colored part of her eye is still clouded and the white part is still blood red. There is no "normal" eye color anywhere in her eye. Also, she still has no vision in that eye. I'm sure we will be heading back to the vet's.

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christina

Post   » Sun Oct 03, 2004 1:56 pm


Sorry to hear that.

Our eye specialist didn't culture for the bacteria since the wound was so severe, and instead gave us 2 different eye drops that constitute such a broad spectrum it would get rid of most everything except yeast/fungus she said.

It was Ocuflox (expensive) and Tobramycin (pretty cheap). You might want to inquire about those. Poor Missy. I hope it gets turned around for her soon.

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ChelesGP
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Post   » Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:52 pm


Christina, the vet told me that she put Missy on BNP & Gentamicin because one treats gram - bacteria and the other treats gram + bacteria. She was trying to cover as much as possible. I will be calling the vet in the morning to discuss other treatments because there is still no improvement. I have to ask the question, and please everyone don't think i'm giving up on Missy cause i'm not. It's just that my gut is telling me that she is going to lose that eye. Missy's eye even grosed out Erin tonight when she seen it. Has anyone ever had a pig lose their eye? What questions should I ask the vet (she is new to me) about the surgery (if needed)? What do I have to look forward to as far as post-op? I would just like to know a little more info in case she does lose that eye.

Erin8607
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Post   » Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:02 pm


I've never witnessed a poke before, but even from photo's online - this was quite disturbing. Blood red and buldging out.

I didn't have my camera on me, but I will try to get over to take pictures in the next day or two.

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