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tupup
13th March 2012, 11:28 PM
Hi everyone,
i havnt posted for a while but have been stopping by to read/catch up sometimes! I find it hard to read so many of the posts about our poorly cavs& get too upset to visit often-sorry,i just dont handle it well, with our ruby having every cav illness,poor love.

Well today was rubys vaccs& general check up, she's ok all considering & her heart seems no worse& her lungs are clear-thank the Lord.However we had been to her fab eye consultant 2weeks ago & her (dry)eyes have deteriorated again,she's gone back to a zero reading on "schimer"??tests when 6months ago she had 7 & 15,so we're to go back in 6weeks instead of the normal 6mths.I have every faith in Gary Lewin at Ripon,he has worked miracles on her these past few years.heres some progress pics going back to our 1st visit to him up to more recent-

http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt270/jellybean1469/pictures091-2-1.jpg

http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt270/jellybean1469/pictures091-1.jpg

http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt270/jellybean1469/pictures173-2.jpg
Now thats better!
She looks like the last pic most of the time but does close her eyes quite often& any tiredness really shows,in the last few days she's rubbed her left eye a couple of times so we can only hope Gary can work his magic again:xfngr:
So whilst at vets today i was talking to him about Jellys allergies & that some mornings recently she has got up with "smushy" eyes,he had a look, did the Schimer test on her eyes & yup J's got dry eye too....she's the real baby of the family,not quite 3 yet,im gutted cos those pics will tell you i already know way too much about the condition.Her's read 18(okish)& 8(really not good).A bad reading is below 15 but in a healthy eye it should be 20-25.Rubes already had bad eyes when she came to me& it took a long time to get her any improvement,she once kept her eyes closed for 2weeks solid(those of you with good memories will recall!)On the positive Im praying we've caught it early enough in jels case....on the downside my poor poor baby& with rubys going backwards at the moment my hearts breaking for them both.

If youre still reading please please watch your little ones eyes,any "sleep"more than a little in the corners,or across the eyeball thats thick& white be wary,as our vet said i know what to look for so brought it to his attention vv quickly.There were no more signs- her eyes are still beautiful& shiny,not sore looking in any way.
Thanks for reading

Kate H
14th March 2012, 12:01 AM
You have my sympathy - Oliver was diagnosed with dry eye two months ago - 7 and 8 on his test. Fortunately he's responding well to treatment - our vet said she's never seen his eyes so big and bright - but all those little tubes of ointment are such a pain! I'm always trying to put his Optimmune in when it should be his Lubri-Cal, or forgetting his Viscotears, or being clumsy and jabbing his eye with the nozzle... A treat afterwards helps him to be patient! The dry eye wasn't picked up sooner because he's light phobic anyway from his CM/SM, and there was no discharge or anything - it was his neurologist who tested him.

Hope your two girls will be better soon.

Kate, Oliver and Aled

BrooklynMom
14th March 2012, 12:04 AM
This is all such great information...I do not know much about dry eye, so thank you for sharing your story and I am sorry your pups have to go through this at all!

Charlifarley
14th March 2012, 08:53 AM
Hi nice to hear from you again. Sorry to read about all your eye troubles. It's a real pain having to constantly put ointment and drops in isn't it, especially when you have a wriggly dog :)
Here's hoping you get things under control again soon.

Sabby
14th March 2012, 10:08 AM
Oh god the first picture brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry you are going through this it’s terrible. Just hope Jelly was caught early and Ruby is going to stay comfortable. My Harley is on Optimmune because he has got follicles in his eyes and an ulcer. We are going back to the specialist tomorrow to see if the ulcer has cleared up otherwise Harley will have to have an operation.
You and your babies are in my thoughts.

Kate H
14th March 2012, 10:47 AM
Dry eye in Cavaliers can be hereditary - there's now a DNA test for it, so that breeders can breed away from it. It can also be caused by damage to the back of the eye, and I do wonder if Oliver's is actually related to his other eye condition, light phobia. But with both Oliver and Ruby, it could just be because they're getting older (Oliver's 11 in June). But so painful for them until it's treated. Just for a change, apart from the hereditary aspect, this isn't just a Cavalier problem, many breeds can get dry eye. Apart from the discomfort to the dog (and more vet's bills for the human), it's quite nice really to have a problem they get just because they're dogs, not because they're Cavaliers! (Can't find a smilie for Tongue in Cheek!)

Kate, Oliver and Aled