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My staffie currently has an eye ulcer. Its has been going on

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Hello, my staffie currently has an eye ulcer. Its has been going on for weeks and I understand why. He is on antibiotics and also antibiotic eyedrops, a saline drop, and serum made from his own blood 8 times a day. It is obviously very uncomfortable for him as the ulcer is right in the middle of his 8 so his vision is affected. We are now at the stage where the blood vessels have grown and covered half of the ulcer. The vet said this is what is supposed to happen and its just a waiting game but because its been going on for so long I guess I am just looking for a little reassurance? What can I expect from here onwards? Thanks
Submitted: 28 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  nekovet replied 28 days ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today.

Now we can see issues with chronic ulcers healing. Just like an old wound, if those ulcer edges aren't fresh, the cells there won't be dividing to create more tissue to heal the hole. In those cases, we sometimes need to debride/freshen those edges (under anesthesia) but if you are seeing blood vessels (neovascularization) that is very good news and we may not need to debride the corneal tissue. The reason is because blood vessels here suggest the eye is still working to heal itself. Those vessels are bringing white blood cells and nutrients to the cells at the margins of the ulcer. This is a natural feature of healing and the eye does this at times of ulceration because it cannot always have blood vessels on the surface of the eye (else we'd all be looking at the world from behind them) all of the time. So, this is good news and you should keep up on all the drops you are using since those are all appropriate here. Of course, if that ulcer isn't shrinking over the next few weeks, then we'd need to talk to his vet about debriding it +/- checking that he has normal tear function (as lack of tears, aka dry eye) can delay healing in these cases .But you sound to be on the right track and those vessels are positive here.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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