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Hello Everyone, I have an issue that is really upsetting me about my baby boy. I am telling you my experience with our last Maltese to try to explain my complete distrust of vets, so that you can guide me to being reasonable about the current situation with my 7-year-old male Maltese. First, I live in an area with horrible vets. Every vet in this city has lots of bad reviews online. So here is my last experience, then I will tell you my current situation. Seven years go the last vet group told me my 16-year-old Maltese had sprained his leg. Then they told me that the leg was broken and they needed to operate. They called me mid-operation to tell me that they needed to insert a pin in the leg and I said to do whatever helped my little guy recover. I brought him home and, per the one of the partner's instructions I was told NOT to crate him, that he needed to walk around. About 3 days later he was limping badly so I rushed him back to the vet. They told me they had to amputate the leg because a large sac of infection had formed in the bone. My husband and I cried and agonized about it but they convinced us it was the only option. We brought our baby home and within a week he could not stand. They told me that he was now paralyzed and the only option was to put him down. I held him and promised him that the pain would soon be over. I can't tell you the horror, the misery and suffering my family went through over this nightmare, and until this day, 7 years later, I cry every time I think of it. We were in a state of shock, but when that wore off we were REALLY ANGRY!! Why did we allow them to do this to a 16-year-old dog?? We had the so-called best vets in the city, there were 3 of them who worked on our baby, and we felt we had to do what the experts said was necessary. But my guilt is so awful I can't begin to tell you. Anyway, NOW I have a situation with my 7-year-old male Maltese. He developed allergies last month manifesting as itchy skin, paws and his eyes were forming little crusts. I took him to a new vet who seemed to have the most positive reviews on a variety of local web sites. He said that he could give him a shot that would calm his reactions for 6-8 weeks. After two weeks he was back to itching a little bit, and his eyes were crusting. I took him back in to the vet who said he would prescribe an antibacterial ophthalmic ointment to put in his eyes. He said his tech would clean my baby's eyes of the crusts. After about 15 minutes they brought him back out and the tech said " it was a little rough for him getting the crusts off". His little eyes were red and he was squinting. The next two days he did not want to open his eyes. The vet was closed for the weekend so I called all over town. NOBODY could see him, so I rinsed his eyes with sterile water and he seemed to get a little better. Monday I took him back to the vet and he was REALLY annoyed with me for bringing him back in. He said there was nothing he could do and gave me a referral to the only vet eye specialist in town. My baby's eyes are open but he squints his eyes shut whenever there is even a little bright light. The eye vet can't see my little guy for 10 more days and I am going nuts waiting. I managed to get the the receptionist to get me the name of the eye wash the vet claimed to use on my guy, Opthalmic Eye Wash by Akron, so that I can tell the eye vet what was used. I apologize for this long post but I have truly had it with vets. It seems like hundreds and hundreds of people in my area are having bad experiences, too, based on reviews. Can anyone suggest what I should do to help my baby's eyes until he can see the eye vet? Thank you in advance.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if they scratched his corneas getting the crust off. He probably needs something with an anti-inflammatory in it, but that would require a prescription. Did your vet not give you the anti-bacterial ointment like he said?

In the meantime, maybe try some artificial tears which you can buy over the counter in a human drugstore. Another option is a lubricant that comes in a tiny tube and is essentially like vaseline. I will look for the name and add it here.

I have had eye surgeries and things like this were recommended for me by my ophthalmologist. My dogs have also had corneal injuries and other problems so I know that human products are okay for dogs -- at least not harmful -- though an emergency vet, if there is one, probably should have something medicated for the dog's eye. I'm surprised the eye vet would not see you sooner. Maybe if you called him/her back and explain you think it's a corneal injury, you might get seen sooner.
 

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The artificial tears that my ophthalmologist recommended for me is BionTears. My eyes are sensitive and these are supposed to be the gentlest. It has no preservative and is packaged in tiny plastic tubes or "ampoules" containing one dose. You twist the top off, use the product and then throw away the tube.

I'm not sure about the vaseline type ointment, now that I've thought about it more. It might be too heavy to be helpful. But the name was DuoLube. I saw somethiing on a pet supply website that was similar but it also contained lanolin, which can be an irritant.

Here's the info on BionTears that's on Amazon. I think you should be able to find it at a good-sized drugstore. Or if not, ask the pharmacist for a similar product.
Amazon.com: Bion® Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, 28 Single-Use Vials, 0.4-mL Each : Health & Household
 

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The artificial tears that my ophthalmologist recommended for me is BionTears. My eyes are sensitive and these are supposed to be the gentlest. It has no preservative and is packaged in tiny plastic tubes or "ampoules" containing one dose. You twist the top off, use the product and then throw away the tube.

I'm not sure about the vaseline type ointment, now that I've thought about it more. It might be too heavy to be helpful. But the name was DuoLube. I saw somethiing on a pet supply website that was similar but it also contained lanolin, which can be an irritant.

Here's the info on BionTears that's on Amazon. I think you should be able to find it at a good-sized drugstore. Or if not, ask the pharmacist for a similar product.
Amazon.com: Bion® Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, 28 Single-Use Vials, 0.4-mL Each : Health & Household
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE!! Yes, the vet did give me the antibiotic ointment but it seemed to make my baby's eyes worse so I stopped it. I have called the eye vet every day to see if they have a cancellation but they tell me no. But you are right, I did not know about corneal scratching so i will call tomorrow and tell them this could be the issue. I will also buy some artificial tears without preservative for him. I have on hand "Refresh Optive Mega-3" which comes in little vials and has no preservatives. Do you think they might be alright for him? Thank you again!!
 

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I don't know that artificial tears product. It has some ingredients (castor oil, flaxseed oil) which I don't know about. So I can not recommend it.

What was the antibiotic?

(There is one antibiotic which can not be sold in California because there was a serious problem with counterfeits of it. It was quite a few years ago, but I think it is still banned.)
 

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I don't know that artificial tears product. It has some ingredients (castor oil, flaxseed oil) which I don't know about. So I can not recommend it.

What was the antibiotic?

(There is one antibiotic which can not be sold in California because there was a serious problem with counterfeits of it. It was quite a few years ago, but I think it is still banned.)
The antibiotic is called "Akorn Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulphates and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment, UPS". Thank you again for your help.
 

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Hi, I am actually currently going through eye issues with my Cody. All I want to say and Stress that if those vets did scratch your dogs cornea that is not good…. And you need to see a Eye Veterinarian asap. I waited just 2 days like you and if it is a corneal ulcer it gets back real quick and I mean it break down in hours. I am telling you not to get you to worry but bring your dog in asap( regular vets can’t do anything) eye specialist for me at least Was the only place that helped Cody heal. And he is on his way. It may be a superficial scratch but your baby needs antibiotics especially since she can’t open up her eyes. Pet eye lubricants will help when you put it on the eye Please don’t use a lot of pressure. Do it very ever so lightly. Depending on what she has you don’t want anything to rupture. My Cody had a scratch waited two days on the weekend no eye doctors were open and by the Monday the ulcer was very deep and he got a melting ulcer. And the fluid came out of his eye. Most likely it’s a superficial scratch. I hope your baby gets better and definitely tell the eye doctor could be the cornea they will and should squeeze you in eye injuries can’t wait. I feel for you and your baby. If I were you I would just show up so they can’t turn you away. I don’t know any eye lubricant Cody is still on antibiotics. I hope your baby is okay and your a great mom to take such good care of baby.
 

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Thank you so much for all your information, I am terrified now because the incident was 7 days ago. The vet who hurt my baby's eyes saw him this last Monday but did not mention anything about seeing a corneal scratch or damage, but I don't trust this guy anyway. I am calling the eye vet tomorrow morning and telling them I think it's an eye injury. I will be awake all night because I can't bear to think my baby has been injured by yet another vet. Thanks for all your help in understanding what may be going on.
 

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It could have been an adverse reaction to the antibiotic ointment. But being so sensitive to light reminds me of what I experienced with a corneal injury myself. In either case, I would hope the eye vet would see you a.s.a.p. to figure it out! {{{{{}}}}}}
 

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It could have been an adverse reaction to the antibiotic ointment. But being so sensitive to light reminds me of what I experienced with a corneal injury myself. In either case, I would hope the eye vet would see you a.s.a.p. to figure it out! {{{{{}}}}}}
Thank you, I am driving to the eye vet as soon as he opens this morning and begging him to see my baby. I am so upset!!! Thank you for your response.
 
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