It started with a bad week of vog while the mango trees were blooming. Both Madeline & Boomer (& me, & a number of my human friends!) get itchy eyes when the mango trees bloom, & the vog can just get really terrible. Everyone gets sick. Madeline’s eyes swelled up from the double whammy & she exacerbated it by scratching. I stop her when I see her rubbing her face on the grass or carpet, but I wasn’t super vigilant. Now I know better. Stop her from doing that, always. I don’t let her out of my sight any more.
At right, Madeline sleeping against me while I held a paper towel over her eye. We fell asleep that way. She seemed to feel better with that towel over her eye.
After a week her eye was still irritated, which was longer than expected. I tried cold compresses, but she didn’t like that. So I did warm compresses, & I started giving her warm eye baths.
After a few days of that, she opened her right eye again & I saw that her cornea was cloudy & there was red (blood?) within it. I freaked out. I Googled “dog cloudy eye” & read about how canine keratitis can lead to blindness. But mostly I was horrified that I’d let her suffer that long.
Of course, I discovered this on a Friday night. I stayed up after I got home from work Sunday night (Monday morning, technically) so I could call our veterinarian as soon as they opened. I got an appointment that afternoon.
Our vet diagnosed an ulcer on Madeline’s right eye from her eyelashes scratching the cornea, & a failed tear duct on her left eye, making her more prone to infection. I was given eye drops (3x a day until the bacterial infection resolved) for her right eye & ointment (twice a day for the rest of her life). The ointment costs $50 for a tiny tube. No sushi bar for me for a loooong time.
After one week, Madeline was greatly improved. By the 3rd week, her ulcer was gone & there is now just a little bit of cloudiness (scarring), which our vet said will eventually fade away by itself. Madeline’s wide eyed again & has been extra bouncy & waggy since getting better; she’s definitely happy to be well again!
Here are pictures of her eyes in the 1st & 2nd week of treatment. The redness isn’t blood but actually granulation (tissue that is healing).
And here’s Madeline’s eye in the 3rd week. I don’t have any more recent close up photos, but her eye is almost all clear now; there is just a small area of cloudiness around 10:00.