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    Question Dry eye.

    I did a search to see if anyone else has asked this question but it said the word was too short and I am not sure what else the condition is called?

    My kaytee has dry eye, it started in one now it is in both, I wondered do any of you have any recommendations as to what is good to use? she is currently having viscotears put into her eye about every hour and I go through a tube a week, also Hyprmellose every now and then to wash it out.

    Why is my baby so poorly? i am telling you i am so glad I had her insured as she has had so much done, but I want to do ALL I can so any tips from your experiences? xx

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    I have this problem when I do a search too.
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    Dry eye..... is this when they don't produce enough tears? Bailey has this too!

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    Every hour sounds a lot - I have Cavalier with dry eye and we put Viscotears in 4 times daily, on the advice of our vet. Did your vet say to do it every hour?

    Perhaps this isn't helping her and she needs a different product such as Lacrilube? I really would take her to see an eye specialist, they would be able to advise you properly.
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    thanks for your replies, Yes estelle that's what it is hope your Bailey will be OK.
    I forgot to say I have taken Kaytee to see someone at Newmarket Animal Health Trust where she saw a specialist, We tried all kinds of stuff, Lacrilube wasnt a success it made her eye gunky and red, The vet there explained that it has a vaseline type texture and that it probably isnt that pleasant for kaytee when she blinks, We tried Optimmune, Stuff that costs a BOMB! but that didnt seem to help either, So we went to viscotears and that seems the most effective so far, The vet told me to use it as and when it is needed and I can often tell as kaytee's eye looks so dull and dry, another sign I notice if I have left it a little too long as I have been asleep (in the night) that her bottom eye lid starts to turn in and she cowers her head down as it is painful.
    I say every hour but in the night I set my alarm and try to do it every few hours, Sometimes she can go longer in the day it seems to vary from day to day.
    I wanted to ask you as you may have tried a treatment we don't have over here then I could speak to my vet, anything to help my kaytee is very much appreciated, thanks xxx

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    i have sent you a PM. This could be Dry Eye/Curly Coat.

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    Sounds like you are in UK? In US we use something called cyclosporin which is actually a chemotherapy drug, but has been known to reverse the condition entirely. I had a Lhasa where that happened. It's rare that it truly cures it , but it's worth asking about and is usually the recommended treatment here.

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    We in Sweden use Ciklosporin aswell. One of our dogs has it, and she is doing very well with the drops.
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    Can I ask what the difference is between dry eye and DE/CC? Is one simply an unpleasant condition, but not ultimately life threatening (trust me, I know all about dry eyes from personal experience), whereas DE/CC is seriously nasty? But doesn't DECC show itself young, as in the case of Emma's Daisy, and isn't Kaytee a mature dog?

    Hope you don't mind me asking!
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    Here's some information about both conditions:
    http://www.cavalierhealth.org/dry_eye.htm
    And some other eye conditions:
    http://www.cavalierhealth.org/eyes.htm

    We have seen several dogs with dry eye in rescue and corneal ulcers from the dry eye not being treated. As Sandy said, cyclosporin has been very effective in clearing the eye and the ulcers. We then use artificial tears. Has the vet done a tear test to see how much tears are being produced?
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