Anytime you are dealing with an ulcer on the cornea, the treatment needs to be pretty aggressive...partly because of the pain it causes the dog and partly because of the possibility of permanent damage to the cornea.
If you have any questions at all about the progress of your treatment, you should take the dog back to your veterinarian for a recheck. They can check the progress and determine if any more aggressive treatment is required.
Thank you for answering. To give a short background. My little girl has already had third-eye flap surgery due to ulcers on both eyes and she has been good for a while. Now she has an ulcer again on the first eye. I dont understand why they keep reoccuring and this time when I went back yesterday and told them it was worse and indeed it had gotten much larger with the treatment they gave me. They did the same thing. They scrapped the ulcer, medicated it, told me try again for another week. If it gets worse again, then we do the third eye flap surger again. She looks miserable and the eye looks terrible. I have been going to the same vet for 17yrs but lately not been too happy. Don't feel like I am getting good treatment anymore. I don't want her to go blind and don't like her in pain. What do you think?
Well, it sure sounds like you've been pretty involved with your little girl's eye problems!
Although corneal ulcers can happen in any breed of dog, repeated incidents such as you are describing are more likely to happen in dog breeds with short faces...Pekes, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, etc. Another cause for repeated incidents like yours would be some type of problem involving the production of tears. As you probably know, one of the functions of tears is to keep the eyeballs lubricated. When this lubrication decreases or stops, the surface of the cornea becomes dry and very easily can become ulcerated.
I am sorry to hear of your current displeasure with your vet of 17 years. As with any other long-term relationship, some fine-tuning can be necessary for a relationship to continue to flourish. If you don't feel comfortable talking with your vet about your treatment lately, then you should look around for a new place. Another consideration for your dog's specific problem would be to visit a veterinary ophthalmologist, if you are in a city where one would be available.
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