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Is it ok to use 'Golden Eye Ointment'?

Last week I noticed my GSD bitch had a bit of a sore eye with yellow discharge. I bathed it with warm saline solution and it seemed to clear up. Over the last few days my GSD boy has had yucky yellow discharge from both his eyes and now it has returned again in one eye of my bitch. There doesn't seem to be any real inflamation and the third eyelid isn't up but just a nasty yellow discharge. Someone suggested to me to use Golden Eye Ointment which is intended for use in humans for minor eye infections bought over the counter at the chemist. I remember in the past using on my horse when he had a bit of a sore eye and it was fine. Is it ok to use on my dogs or should I have a trip to the vets. They are both vaccinated and very well in themselves. Any advice would be welcomed. Ali.

23/3/09

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Chicco Chicco

I have had two with this recently and feel sure it is caused from a particular pollen or bracken at this time of the year as it does happen every year.

I do just keep up the salt water and "keep an eye" on it. Scuse the pun - lol.

I rarely go and get any optithalmic from the vet but would if I ever felt it needed it.

Have seen something else human that was used by someone but not golden eye.

Interested in Stuart's response.

24/3/09

alioops alioops

Thanks Chicco for your reply. After doing some research on the net I decided to give the Golden Eye a go and applied it last night. This morning Fallons eye was looking a little watery but no discharge and Dantes' eyes had a clear looking 'gunk' rather than the nasty looking yellow. To me, there is a definate improvement. I am still bathing with the saline 3 x a day. It's funny you should say that you have had two dogs with this problem because I was at my dog club last night and there seems to be alot of it going around. So you could be right, maybe it is a pollen or bracken that's causing it.
Thanks
Ali.

24/3/09

Chicco Chicco

It certainly does seem to be seasonal and hence I don't normally go off to the vets with it unless I was concerned.

24/3/09

stuart stuart

I alwys used to think that golden eye ointment was just extra sterilesed parafffin wax but according to a brain greater than mine (google) there are at least 2 seperate preparations of that name containing dibrompropamidine and chlroamphenicol. Chloramphenicol is a prescription only medicine. It is a powerful broad spectrum antibiotic and should only be used under medical or veterinary prescription. Dibrompropamidine is an antibacterial agent and some preparations containing it are available over the counter. Eye preparations need to be applied more frequently (6-8) times daily to the dogs eye in contrast to 1-2 x daily for the human.
Personally I would follow Chiccos advice and get both dogs to the vets if the eyes are not completely back to normal within 24 hours. Having had repeated problems associated with injuries to my own eyes I know how painful they can be so my advice is simple. Do not mess about with eyes. Seek professional advice as soon as is practical.
Also be prepared to fit some sort of protective collar (bottomless bucket over the head as a funnel to prevent any further self induced injury if the dog is showing any inclination whatever to rub scratch or paw at the eye.
Good luck. Pleasse keep us informed of progress.

25/3/09

alioops alioops

Thankyou Stuart for your reply. I went to the vets with Dante yesterday (as he's lame poor baby) and mentioned that he had had mucky eyes and that I had been treating it with golden eye ointment. He said that it was as good as anything else and unless there's no improvement or things get considerably worse he felt there was no need to prescibe anything else. I must say that in the past I had a dog that had a really nasty eye and she was obviously in alot of pain and discomfort and I did not hesitate taking her to the vets and as it turned out a black thorn had badly damaged her eye. This has just been a case of mucky eyes with no real inflamation or discomfort.
I am pleased to say that this morning I have 2 dogs with 'gunk' free eyes!

25/3/09

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