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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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We have a deerhound puppy aged 6 months. He has had eye problems

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We have a deerhound puppy aged 6 months. He has had eye problems for at least two months and has been to our vet countless times. A swab was taken and showed a streptococcus(?) infection and he was given Clinagel Vet to be used twice a day. We are now on our 5 tube of this and there is no improvement. What can we do?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 years ago.
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I'm sorry for the delay in replying to you. Primary bacterial eye infection isn't common in dogs - particularly in such a young dog as Rufus. When 5 tubes of Clinagel hasn't effected a cure, it's time to investigate for the primary cause of the eye problem. Please let me know what you've been seeing and if one or both eyes have been affected.

The underlying problems that need to be investigated are a failure to produce enough tears (keratoconjunctivitis sicca/dry eye), lid abnormalities (entropion, ectropion), misplaced eyelashes (distichiasis, trichiasis, ectopic cilia), non-healing corneal ulcers, infection of the lacrimal apparatus, and a myriad of congenital ocular disorders. If Rufus's vet is uncomfortable performing a thorough ocular examination, please consider referral to a specialist ophthalmologist who would have the equipment necessary to examine Rufus that most generalist vets won't have in their vet hospitals.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.