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hello my cat had an allergic reaction to some sort of sting

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hello my cat had an allergic reaction to some sort of sting in the eye today, we suspect a wasp since he likes playing with them Under local anaesthitic and ink examination the eyeball wasn't damaged and he was given a shot of Duphacort Q anti-inflamatory.
I was instructed to give him Maxitrol eye drops. The first one was while he still had the local anaesthitic but the one I just gave him seems to give him pain, like a serious sting. Is this usual or do you think I should discontinue? I am meant to give him another drop tonight before seeing the vet again in the morning.
Thank you in anticipation.

Hello ***** Deb and will do my best to help you today.

It's good that Smudge didn't have any evidence of corneal injury

A momentary amount of discomfort when eye drops are applied can be normal for some pets. However, if the eye condition worsens or if the eye becomes more red/inflamed or if the patient persists in rubbing the eye or keeping it closed after an ophthalmic medication is applied, then that eye medication should be discontinued.

This is particularly true when an ophthalmic medication contains steroids as in this case. Even though there may be no evidence of corneal injury at the vet's office, my concern is that one may develop especially if the patient if rubbing at the eye. Steroids are contraindicated in cases where there are corneal ulcers, abrasions or lacerations.

In this case, that's not likely to have happened, but I wanted to include the information to be complete.

If this were my case, and Smudge only reacts with discomfort for a very short period of time, then I'd probably go ahead and give him his evening dose. But, if there's any question at all about whether or not to give it, then don't.

I hope this helps. Deb

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
the eye is greatly improved from this morning hence my even considering not giving the last dose of eyedrops. but I believe what you're saying is use my judgement but err on the side of yes to another dose of drops. yes?
That's great that the eye already appears improved; this certainly means that the medication didn't worsen the situation in any way.

And, yes, you very succintly expressed what I was trying to say and what I meant to convey:) Deb
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
thank you
You're welcome:)

Best of luck with Smudge. Regards, Deb
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