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14th July 2007, 11:59 AM
Hi All!

As you know Princess has a very nasty looking eye problem right now, I took her back to see Emma yesterday (Friday 13th) and Emma, in her own words, "Wimped Out" :confused:

My vets is a big practice, they have 3 surgeries covering some 100 mile radius, at the surgery furthest away, Castle Bromwich, the senior partner is Ian, who's specialist area is Opthalmology, so Emma referred me to Ian. We went to see him this morning and he did a few tests on Princess's eye's, lovely vet with a great rapport with Princess from the start!
So basically the news is that Princess actually has a condition called KERATOCONJUCTIVITIS SICCA or KCS. Which translated into lay mans terms is "Dry eye" :yikes: I have been given a wonderful info sheet and will pass on some of that info further on.

So my darling sweet Princess basically isn't producing enough tears in her eye's, so when her eye got scratched there was nothing there to help it heal, hence the deep abscess we now have. The GOOD news though is that, as you have all seen, her eye is very red looking, this is GOOD as it is the eye's way of healing, basically they have to "grow" a blood supply (the eye has very little) in order to heal itself, that is what all that white misting is on her eye, it is actually doing a very thorough job of healing itself up!! :razz: I have got 3 more lots of medication for her now, so currently Princess is having 2 lots of tablets a day and 4 different lots of topical eye drops/ointments, she will have to have eye drops every 3-4 hours now for the rest of her life poor girl! Also a ointment in every night when we go to bed to keep her eye lubricated! PHEW!!

OK a little bit of info on KCS for you now!

KCS is commonly called Dry Eye. This is a very apt name since the condition results from lack of proper tear production so that the eye has a dry and sore appearance.

How is it caused?

Tears although thought of as purely watery are a complex mixture of mucoid and fatty aqueous fractions as well as the aqueous component. They are saliva in composition.Any problem which affect the ability of the tear glands to produce adequate amounts of the aqueous fraction can result in "Dry Eye" since the quantity of tears produced is insufficient to keep the eye lubricated and free from infection which are two of the important functions of tears.
In Cavalier king Charles Spaniels a congenital form is recognised. This results in lack or poor development of the tear producing glands.
Usually the condition affects middle aged or older dogs although in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels young dogs can sometimes be affected.

The info goes on to discuss medical management of the condition and also discusses how occassionally if the condition is becoming too much to handle there is a surgery available where they redirect the course of the salivary gland so that it discharges into the eye!!

So there you have it folks, that's the real problem for Princess, happily there will be no long term damage to her eye as it was spotted well before there was the chance for it to become very serious, we know about the condition now and I am happy to manage it using the drops and ointments for as long as is necessary, at the end of the day I just want my girl to be comfortable!

Well done if you made it to the bottom of the post!! :lol:

14th July 2007, 02:23 PM
Im so glad Princess will be O.K.and Yes, I read the whole post.....:D

14th July 2007, 04:16 PM
Oh I am glad you got to the bottom of this problem though sorry she has this condition! I know that if it goes undiagnosed they can really develop problems over time if their eyes are really dry so in a way it is good that you had a circumstance come up where it could be spotted and she could ge her drops.

Thanks for the extra info too as I don't know much about this problem and the info is helpful.

Poor thing (and poor you worrying about her), eye problems always seem among the worst probably because they are so noticeable to us and their eyes are so large. Hope she heals swiftly now! :)

14th July 2007, 05:20 PM
I'm glad the appt went so well Cathryn - Princess Peaches had dry eye too - she used to have sore eyes when she was in season, but it progressed to being all the time.

We used to have to apply eye drops 3 or 4 times a day, and this kept the condition under control.

So pleased that Princess is healing, that's really good. GIve her special kisses from me - will e-mail you later

Barbara Nixon
14th July 2007, 05:30 PM
Have you caught it in time, so she doesn't need permanent drops, Cathryn ? KathyBam, who comes on occasionally has a rescue, Caramel, who has to have them all the time, but being a puppy farm dog, you don't know how long the condition went untreated.

14th July 2007, 08:08 PM
Robbie also has one dry eye..in fact the last few times we've tested this eye produces no tears..other eye is fine..he was diagnosed between 2 and 3 months old but had problems on and off since he had been born so was probably a congenital problem or an early injury..we also found out the seriousness of it because he has an ulcer on the eye which when we actually saw the eye vet she said has been a puncture wound (unfortunately my lab nailed him in the face the 2nd day Robbie was home so we don't know if he did that or something else Riley and Robbie are now good friends)...we use Refresh eye gel at least 6 times a day and more as necessary and tacrolimus ointment twice a day up to 3 times a day if he is having problems and antibiotic drops as needed..He had quite a few infections in his 1st year of life as we were figuring things out but in the last year he has only had 1 infection..*G*..anyway I hope you and Princess get things cleared up to a manageable state.

14th July 2007, 10:46 PM
That was an excellent explanation the condition... very educational. I hope it heals up completely.

Rj Mac
14th July 2007, 11:22 PM
Glad you at least know what the problem's been, and have a course of treatment to follow, we hope Princess keeps well, sending her :hug: from our bunch