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My 16 week old Cocker Spaniel, KOBE, just had...

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17 Jun 2012

My 16 week old Cocker Spaniel, KOBE, just had cherry eye surgery on one of his eyes. I am a little concerned about it because he has some swelling on the bottom of his eye, it's pretty red. I suppose that is normal, he just had the surgery on Friday but I wasn't sure what it should look like after the cherry eye. He is on medication. Rimadyl 25 mg - once a day and Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfate drops four times a day. Is the redness normal at this stage? Should I take him to the vet tomorrow?
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17 Jun 2012
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
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Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name isXXXXX will try to help.

Is the eye fully open?

Is he squinting that eye or is there tearing?

Is he wearing a plastic cone on his head so he can not run the eye?

Could you take a picture of the eye and post it on here using the icon, at the top of this tool bar, that looks like a "paperclip?"

17 Jun 2012
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17 Jun 2012
17 Jun 2012
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17 Jun 2012
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
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Thank you for the picture. That looks more red, and swollen, than normal.

I think you should take him back to the vet tomorrow for a recheck.

There could be a suture rubbing, on the inside of his lower eye lid, that may need to be clipped.

He may need oral antibiotics.

He may also need a topical eye drop for inflammation.

Do not worry though, it should be able to be fixed.

17 Jun 2012
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20 Jun 2012
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
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Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gabby
20 Jun 2012
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20 Jun 2012

I brought Kobe in to see the vet and his eye is doing well. It's a little swollen so they game me some different drops to use for a week but overall he is back to his usual self! My other puppy Melo has cherry eye also, he is really bad, he is going for surgery on Tuesday. It's a rough ailment for cocker spaniels. If the surgery is successful on both of them do I need to worry about it coming back?


Thanks,

Lisa

20 Jun 2012
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20 Jun 2012
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Wow! Two dogs with cherry eye. That is getting expensive. As long as the surgery is done when they are young, you have a good surgeon, and the dogs do not rub the eye until it is completely healed the gland usually stays down where the surgeon put it. I would not worry about them coming back but there is a slight chance it could. Usually it happens shortly after the surgery is perfomed. I have never had one come back, and I did them at the SPCA, for three years so I did a lot of them. If they were my dogs, I would not worry about them coming back. If the surgery is done on older dogs, when the gland is huge and chronically inflammed, there is a greater chance of return. But that does no apply to your pups. It does seem to be a hereditary disease, or problem, but the researches have not identified the gene that causes it.
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