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    Just back from the eye specialist with Harley. He has got follicles in both eyes; I think they can be coursed by allergies. And he also has got a small ulcer. He got Chloramphenicol Eye Drops for the ulcer and Optimmune Cream for six month for the follicles. We have to go back in two weeks, if the ulcer doesnít go away then they have to operate. I donít even know how I feel. I am praying that it will go away as I donít want to put Harley through an operation on his eye. I feel so bad for Harley my poor boy has been through enough and to be honest I had enough as well. I have got a big cabinet with all the dogs medication and now my fridge is also being taken over with eye drops.

    Has anybody got any experience with eye ulcers and what are the chances it will go away with drops?

    I am off to eat a big bar of chocolate now and feel sorry for myself.
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    [QUOTE=Sabby;414099]
    Has anybody got any experience with eye ulcers and what are the chances it will go away with drops?/QUOTE]

    Chloramphenicol is the standard initial treatment for corneal ulcers, which I assume this is. It is usually very effective, as is Optimune for Dry Eye, but I have no idea whether it does anything for follicles or not.

    If the ulcer does not respond to Chloramphenicol the surgery might well be to scrape the surface of the eye, then spin a serum out of Harley's blood plasma to be applied to the affected eye frequently. The idea of the serum is to utilise the cells in the serum to encourage new cells to be formed on the surface of the eye to heal the ulcer. It is often, but not always, effective. The long established alternative treatment is to scrape the eyeall then stitch down the third eyelid, sometimes turning the eye completely around in the socket, where it can rest while healing takes place, usually about 3 weeks.

    Have you been given any pain relief for Harley? Metacam is usually an effective choice.

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    Sorry to read about poor Harley. Let's hope the drops and cream help his eye to recover quickly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabby View Post
    Has anybody got any experience with eye ulcers and what are the chances it will go away with drops?/QUOTE]

    Chloramphenicol is the standard initial treatment for corneal ulcers, which I assume this is. It is usually very effective, as is Optimune for Dry Eye, but I have no idea whether it does anything for follicles or not.

    If the ulcer does not respond to Chloramphenicol the surgery might well be to scrape the surface of the eye, then spin a serum out of Harley's blood plasma to be applied to the affected eye frequently. The idea of the serum is to utilise the cells in the serum to encourage new cells to be formed on the surface of the eye to heal the ulcer. It is often, but not always, effective. The long established alternative treatment is to scrape the eyeall then stitch down the third eyelid, sometimes turning the eye completely around in the socket, where it can rest while healing takes place, usually about 3 weeks.

    Have you been given any pain relief for Harley? Metacam is usually an effective choice.

    P.S. Enjoy the chocolate
    Thanks Flo

    He said that the ulcer is very small, thats why the normal vet didn't see it. Hope that it is small is a good sign. (said something about fat deposits) he said and done so much it was all a bit to much to take in. Even took a photo of the folicles. Didn't give any pain relief, said it be more itchy then anything else.
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    Sorry to hear about Harley! At least you know what has been bothering his eyes and hopefully his new medications will give him some relief soon! Thinking about you and sending hugs

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    Hi Sabby, I am sorry you have got this to deal with on top of everything else. I have experienced this problem with a Cat. When I rescued her, the vet could not believe the state of her
    eyes, he said she would feel she had red hot pokers being stuck in her eyes.. With careful care we managed to recover the situation to the amazement of the vet. I know this might be a bit different, but I would like to think if this poor little cat recovered, (and her general health was very poor) Harley will also respond positively.
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    Oh no Sabby I can't believe it Poor Harley and poor you, so much to deal with over the last year or so.

    I don't have experience of follices but have had a couple with eye ulcers - they are extremely painful but Harley is already on pain meds so hopefully that will help him.

    I do hope it heals well with the meds - Lauren's eye healed in under a week [young, fit dog], but Kyla [8 year old, severe SM and epilepsy] was not so lucky and had to have the surgery - as Flo describes above. That was VERY effective though and she made a full recovery.

    Hoping that Harley will be fully fit again soon.
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    Sorry to hear about Harley.
    But at least he is getting the treatment he needs and you spotted it early. Even though your vet couldn't see anything you knew it wasn't right. A lot of people might not notice. He is lucky to have you.

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    [QUOTE=Sabby;414105]
    Quote Originally Posted by ByFloSin View Post

    Thanks Flo

    He said that the ulcer is very small, thats why the normal vet didn't see it. Hope that it is small is a good sign. (said something about fat deposits) he said and done so much it was all a bit to much to take in. Even took a photo of the folicles. Didn't give any pain relief, said it be more itchy then anything else.
    Yes, it is an awful lot to take in when you are as worried about Harley as you must have been at the time. The fatty deposits are called Corneal Lipidosis. They are fatty deposits which settle in the eye, but cause no problems. It is thought that an excess of fat in the diet can be responsible for their formation, but I don't think anything has been proved. Sometimes they disappear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    Oh no Sabby I can't believe it Poor Harley and poor you, so much to deal with over the last year or so.

    I don't have experience of follices but have had a couple with eye ulcers - they are extremely painful but Harley is already on pain meds so hopefully that will help him.

    I do hope it heals well with the meds - Lauren's eye healed in under a week [young, fit dog], but Kyla [8 year old, severe SM and epilepsy] was not so lucky and had to have the surgery - as Flo describes above. That was VERY effective though and she made a full recovery.

    Hoping that Harley will be fully fit again soon.
    My worry is that Harley is in pain. I don’t think the Lyrica he is taking would help as it is only for Neurology problems? Could he take something else on top of the Lyrica?
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