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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 12-04-2007, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yoyo's poor eye

Yoyo developed with I thought was conjunctivitis that I thought would clear up if we just irrigated his eye with contact lens solution, but it became clear after a day that it was not going away, in fact it was getting worse.

I finally got him to the vet today and I was told that the problem is with the third eyelid, the Harder's gland, and that he might need surgery! We were given an ointment to try for a week but if it hasn't improved after that, then he's going to need surgery.

My question is: has anyone else had this problem before? Honestly, I'm totally freaked out about it.
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Oh I'm so sorry that poor Yoyo is having eye problems! I have never heard anything about this, but I hope that no surgery is required! Do you know how difficult the surgery is or if it's commonplace? I will keep both of you in my thoughts and hope for a good recovery using the ointment!


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Is this the same as Cherry Eye? Check out the "Rufus has Cherry Eye" thread. Christie posted photos of Rufus before he had his surgery. He did very well.

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Yes, it's the same as Cherry eye, I will check the thread out. Thanks.
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Oh is it Cherry eye? I've heard of that... sorry I guess I didn't now any of the technical terms for it. I think it's a pretty common procedure and if Yoyo needs surgery he should be fine! I can totally understand that it's still scary, though! Good luck and keep us posted.


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Oh no, I'm sorry Yoyo is going through this. I hope the ointment does the job and saves him from having to go through the bother of surgery.

Give him an extra hug from us, please!

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So sorry to hear about Yoyo.

Dilly has cherry eye too. When she first got it I freaked out as well. My first instinct was to try and get it taken care of right away. My vet has done a lot of cherry eyes and was not in too much of a rush. He recommended waiting until she had lost all her baby teeth so if she retained any he could take care of them too. I decided to wait and now I am glad I did since she got one in her other eye too about a week ago-ughh.

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Thanks everyone, I'm so encouraged by all the support from here!
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If it is really big, like Rufus' was, then you want to get attention to it right away. If it is small, you can probably get by with it there for a while, but it can dry out and then it needs to be removed (vs. tacked). I'd advise you to have a canine opthalmologist (sp) take a look at it. If you don't know where to find one, ask your vet for a referral or you can look up the doctors on the CERF web site. (I can pull that up for you later if you need it.)
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My Lexi had cherry eye also, it never seemed to bother her, but sure did bother me - they are pretty frightening looking.
She had the surgery and is wonderful now, her eye looks great and she has had not problems since - about 1 1/2 years now.

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