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Help! Ocluar Ulcer in Adopted Kitten

post #1 of 7
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Hello! I adopted a 3 month old persian kitten from the animal shelter. The person who gave her to the shelter got shampoo (or possible flea dip or something like that) in the kittens eye which caused an ocular ulcer. She didn't want the kitten anymore because it was too hard for her to treat the ulcer.

I have taken her to the vet and am applying an antiobiotic ointment 3x per day and giving her oral antibiotics. Has anyone elese delt with one of these? Can you tell me how long it took for the uncer to heal? Any suggestions on how to keep her comfortable? The kitten has had the ulcer for over 15 days, and I have been treating it for a week and it looks excatly the same.

Her face is all greasy from the eye ointment geting all over. Does anyone know a gentle way to get this off of her fur. I have tried kitten wipes and weak solution of baby shampoo and warm water all of which hasn't worked. I want to be careful and not get anything eles in her eye as that is what got us in to this whole mess!

Any suggesions or information is very welcome. She is my first kitten and I feel like I bit off more than I can chew but, I am loving getting to know her and look forward to the next 20 years with my pretty baby!

I am going to try and post a picture.
post #2 of 7
Sorry, I don't have any input on your situation [I'm sure someone who does will come along shortly] but I did want to say - Good for you for taking in a kitten with a health issue. And shame on her previous owner for getting a kitten they did not want to take care of!!

Oh, and welcome to TCS!
post #3 of 7
I have no idea how to help you but good luck with her.
post #4 of 7
If you are unsure about the reliability of Internet sites for Veterinary information, these are commonly relied upon, and have some helpful information....

http://www.vetinfo4cats.com/cateye.h...rneal%20Ulcers (!@th topic)

http://www.petplace.com/cats/corneal...ats/page1.aspx (if you get an annoying popup, press Cntl+N for a clean window)


The Elizabethian collar would have been my suggestion...in fact. I'm very surprised your Veterinarian did not suggest/supply one.

I think that, if it were I, at this point I would ask for a referral to a specialist (opthamologist).
post #5 of 7
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Thank you all for your support and suggestions! I am taking my girl for her follow up appointment today with our regular vet and will ask if she needs to be referred to an ophthalmologist.. Sorry, I forgot to mention that the vet did give my kitty an e-collar to wear.

I feel so bad for her! Ever since she got to my house all I have done is torture her with a spay (the animal shelter requires it to be done before they leave), eye ointments 3x per day, oral antibiotics 2x per day, shots, tests, grooming (she had mats and fleas or I probably would have spared her that for now) and an e-collar!

My poor girl, I hope she will forgive me and come out from under the bed on her own free will at some point!
post #6 of 7
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The actual ulcer has heeled! They did the floursent stain test and it was negative. It still just looks like she has an ulcer. I am going to keep using the antibiotic ointment for another week and then switch to another medicine to clear everything up.
post #7 of 7
Glad to hear that she is healing well. Hopefully we'll see some pics when she's back to her usual cute self again!
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