Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Eyes

We've been dealing with a little problem around here. It all started back two years ago when my dogs had cryptosperidium. It's a terrible disease that never goes away. Just when you think it's over, something else happens that leads back to it. Samba and Sky both died from it, five days apart. They virtually starved to death because the disease prevented them from absorbing food.

We thought everyone else was OK, but then both Noah and Fudge started having intestinal problems. Noah was diagnosed with colitis and Fudge with leaky gut syndrome, both the after effects of the crypto. They're now both on special diets designed to be easily digestible. They also take antibiotics, Fudge takes Metronidazole daily and Noah took sulfasalazine.

Everything was going along nicely for awhile, then Noah started having red, goopy eyes. The vet had warned me that dry eye  could be a side effect of the sulfa drug. The first time I noticed it, we tested the dryness of his eyes and they were OK. We used an ointment to sooth them and they seemed to get better.

Then Noah's eyes got red and goopy again and didn't respond to the ointment. Dr B tested them again and this time his left eye was too dry. This meant he could no longer take the sulfa drug for his colitis. We switched him to Metronidazole along with Fudge and he adjusted well, but his eyes weren't getting better. We tried some steroid drops and they seems a little better but we were looking for "Happy Eyes" and his weren't.

Again we tested for dryness and the left one was still too dry, so we started him on Severin's solution which is a combination of Mucomyst, Pilocarpine, Gentamicine and artificial tears.  This solution is supposed to promote tear production and sooth the eyes. We got home and I put a drop in each eye. They immediately turned bright red and he started pawing at them. I waited a while hoping they would settle down but they got worse and he wouldn't open his eyes. Back to the vet.

Apparently Noah is sensitive to Pilocarpine which is the important ingredient for tear production. Dr B stained his eyes and checked for ulceration. There was none, so he cleaned Noah's eyes and told me to put warm compresses on his eyes several times a day. He said to use an antibiotic ointment twice a day till his eyes were happy again. Then we would try another batch of Severin's that he mixed up with a smaller amount of Pilocarpine.

Unfortunately, Noah's eyes didn't get happy. They got even worse and Monday I was afraid he might be losing his vision in the left eye. It was very red and cloudy looking and he was squinting again.
Yesterday we went back yet again. I was a wreck and Dr B could sense it. First he examined Noah and told me that his vision is fine and his eye wasn't as bad as it looked. He stained it again to check for ulceration. There was none. He even let me look thru his magnifier and explained what we were looking for. His eye looked fine.

Noah was showing a sensitivity to the neomycin in his ointment, so we're now doing tobramycin drops three times a day along with warm compresses a couple times a day. Noah is also wearing a cone so that he doesn't scratch his cornea.

It's too early to tell if this is going to work but he's not trying to rub his eyes and he's not shaking his head or squinting. He has both eyes open and it looks like the redness is coming down a little. We'll be doing this thru the weekend, then Dr B and I have a meeting scheduled for Monday. If Noah's eyes are happier by them, we'll start him on the lower dose Severin's solution for the dryness. If his eye is still red and goopy on Monday, he'll go visit with Dr B on Tuesday. He'll sedate him and take a closer look to see if something else is going on in that left eye.

Noah is being a doll about all this. We know it's painful and he wants to rub his eyes a lot, but when he sees me pick up his eyedrops, he comes and sits in front of me and lets me put them in without a complaint. When the doctor puts things in his eyes, he just sits very still and waits till it's over.

This disease has been a nightmare for all of us. Just when we think it's all behind us, something else happens that traces directly back to the crypto. Please keep your paws crossed that Noah's eyes get happy this weekend.


Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh my gosh so scary. Sending lots of good vibes your way
Lily & Edward

Marjie said...

Noah, follow Sissy's lead! Get happy eyes! I've had to use tobramycin drops, too, so paws (or fingers) crossed that they solve your eye problems. Good luck to you and Fudge in dealing with the latest aftershocks from the crypto.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh Sue, I'm so sorry to hear about the problems your boy is having! From our time zone we'll send positive and healing vibes for Noah's eyes and that ALL your pups stay healthy and feel better!!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

What a good boy. He knows you're trying to help him. We'll keep our paws crossed...

Molly the Airedale said...

Our paws are crossed for you, Noah! You are such a good boy.

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

How Sam Sees It said...

Saying prayers. I'm so sorry!

Monty and Harlow

rottrover said...

Oh Noah! I had infectons in both eyes a couple of weeks ago. Those drop things are no fun. You are such a bood dog! I hope you feel better soon, cuz our moms get SO stressed out when we're not well.


SissySees said...

Our paws are crossed!! Eye problems are so very scary and we are very sorry you and Noah are dealing with them. Here's hoping the whole pack is healthy very soon. Enough is enough already!

bichonpawz said...

That really is scary...we have all paws crossed that things turn out well for everyone!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

Lapdog Creations said...

I've been muttering a lot of F Cancer these past 3 weeks... and now I'm adding F crypto to that mantra.
I'm sorry Sue.... I'm still wondering just who the heck is "up there" giving us and our babies all of this incredibly CRUEL crap to deal with. Life is not fair........