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can anyone help. my cat has really bad eyes. he had conjunctivitis before and was given drops by the vet. it did clear up but now he can't open his right eye and it is really watery. any suggestions?


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Martina Stuart

I find it helps to split the eye into 2 areas. The eyeball or orbit and the surrounding tissues; conjunctiva eye lids and naso lacrymal ducts.
Any alteration in the appearance of the orbit especially the cornea (the bright shiny surface at the front of the eye) should be treated as urgent and veterinary assistance sought as soon as it is noticed. If the animal is rubbing the eye then there is a danger that further damage will be caused. The eye must therefore be protected as soon as possible. In mild cases distracting the animal by comfortiing grooming or taking out for exercise may be sufficient but in acute cases physical protection is neccessary. The aim is to mimic the effect of an elizabethan collar. This looks like a large lampshade attached to the collar projecting over the animals nose. Makeshift ones can be fashioned from plastic or rubber plant pots or buckets with the bottom cut out or made from thick cardboard laced into a cone shape. When used to protect the eye the aim is to ensure that when the animal tries to scratch the eye area the paw or leg is deflected by the collar over the eye. Similarly when rubbing on the ground or object. If light cause the animal to blink or if the eyeball cannot be seen forany reason then get to a vet asap. Cloudy grey changes within the eye are likely to be cataracts and are generally not emergencies. These are often associated with other diseases and it is adviseable to discus them with the vet at routine consultation times.
Generally speaking inflamation or injury to the tissues surrounding the eye are less urgent. Again it is necessary to prevent further injury using a collar. Wounds to the eyelids should be treated in the same way as skin wounds anywhere else on the body. They can be bathed with a solution made from 1 teaspoonful of salt to a pint of boiled water and used on clean gauze or coton wool swabs. Any condition that does not respond within 24 hours or is causing the animal discomfort should be taken to a vet without further delay. One further word of warning. If the injury is a result of a cat fight then antibiotics are essential and are most effective when used to prevent infection.
One further tip. If you are liikely to need to take an animal to the vet for tratment to an eye injury DO NOT FEED IT in case sedation or anaesthesia is needed.


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