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PUG EYES

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Snifter&Toddy on 9/2/2009, 11:17 am

Pug eyes. Tell me about them. pug

We've had plenty of problems with ulcers. The number one piece of advice is to get them to the vet THE INSTANT you suspect something may be wrong. If they start squinting a little this is a telltale sign that something is wrong, but is still at the early stages.

Eye issues can turn very bad, very quick so a "wait and see" approach is totally the wrong one.

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PK (Pigmentary Keratitis)

Post  MommaJones on 9/2/2009, 8:52 pm

Here's a decent photo of PK (Pigmentary Keratitis) on Toby's eyes:

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Post  HK Pugs on 9/2/2009, 9:21 pm

Christy, that's an excellent example of PK. I wish it weren't Toby though!

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Amanda on 9/2/2009, 9:30 pm

I have some good pics of Nells' eyes too. I'll have to find them tomorrow. She had bad ulcers that went untreated when she was a puppy so her eyes have been pretty bad ever since we got her. Luckily, once we got the ulcers under control, that she had when we got her, we haven't really had any issues. The only ulcer Lucy ever had was from a hair growing under her eyelid.

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Post  PugLady3 on 9/3/2009, 9:21 am

Snifter&Toddy wrote:Eye issues can turn very bad, very quick so a "wait and see" approach is totally the wrong one.

Very, VERY true! We have a friend who is a very experienced pug owner & unfortunately, one of her pugs lost an eye because she didn't get her to the eye dogtor quickly enough.

Aside from ulcers & PK, there are cataracts & glaucoma that we deal with. Buster has both - he sees the opthamologist every three months for pressure checks & is on two different eye meds daily. His cataracts developed at an early age & were most likely due to poor breeding (he was purchased at Petland store before we adopted him through rescue). The glaucoma started a couple of years ago. Pugsy is 99% blind now due to cataracts (sometimes she can make out shapes/shadows), but hers are age related.

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Post  leslyeb on 9/3/2009, 2:13 pm

I agree with getting to the doctor ASAP if there is any indication of eye trouble.

Toby is one handsome boy!!

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  akc0104 on 11/2/2009, 12:26 pm

I'm bumping this up to talk about treatments for the various eye issues.

I suspected that Mr ButterballBob could not see that well in certain light. The vet said today that he has several small ulcers in his right eye and significant PK in the same eye. Enough so that she gave me the option of being referred to an eye specialist. Of course I took the option, might as well get the relationship started.

Until we get there, BBBob is on meds for the ulcers.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Guest on 11/5/2009, 1:19 pm

aw, poor Toby. Yeah ..pug health problems are no joke. Well, for any dog really, but pugs just seem super prone to many health problems. Poor lil doggies!

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Post  Pugsaunt on 11/5/2009, 1:49 pm

akc0104 wrote:I'm bumping this up to talk about treatments for the various eye issues.

I suspected that Mr ButterballBob could not see that well in certain light. The vet said today that he has several small ulcers in his right eye and significant PK in the same eye. Enough so that she gave me the option of being referred to an eye specialist. Of course I took the option, might as well get the relationship started.

Until we get there, BBBob is on meds for the ulcers.
Aw, poo. And good that you're going to the eye dogtor. The best thing I ever did for Penny's eyes was go to the specialists in Ohio and then here in Reno. Hugs to you and BBBob.

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Treatment for PK

Post  Guest on 12/4/2009, 8:42 am

Several of our rescue pugs have pk. Our vets around here (incl specialists) reccomend optimune drops followed with a tear gel several times per day.
That keeps most of them in check, maybe with slight improvement. One, our first rescue, is very nearly blind, and all the specialist could tell us this week was to up the dosage to 2% cyclosporine. optimune is .2%

DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A BETTER OR ADDITIONNAL REMEDY. I think at his age, doing surgey to remove the layers on the cornea is not viable, as it seems there is too much danger of rupture.

Any info will be appreciated.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  leslyeb on 12/4/2009, 9:11 am

PUGSMUM wrote:Several of our rescue pugs have pk. Our vets around here (incl specialists) reccomend optimune drops followed with a tear gel several times per day.
That keeps most of them in check, maybe with slight improvement. One, our first rescue, is very nearly blind, and all the specialist could tell us this week was to up the dosage to 2% cyclosporine. optimune is .2%

DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A BETTER OR ADDITIONNAL REMEDY. I think at his age, doing surgey to remove the layers on the cornea is not viable, as it seems there is too much danger of rupture.

Any info will be appreciated.

Joan

Joan,
Most of the eye specialist that I saw in Illinois and Tennessee prescribe Tacrolimus. It not only helps with tear production, but in some cases of PK, it has helped to break up some of the pigment. I thought the optimune was also called Cyclosporine which is the older medication that was mostly prescribed for dry eye and pk.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Pugsaunt on 12/4/2009, 2:06 pm

The vet ophthalmologist at Ohio State U put Penny on Tacrolimus, one drop each eye twice a day. That was 3 years ago, and her PK (which is pretty severe) has not gotten worse, and the pigment on her left cornea has decreased. It seems to be the state-of-the art medication for PK. I also put Genteal gel in her eyes at least every 4 hours.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Guest on 12/4/2009, 3:17 pm

I had one other pug on tacrolimus 3 yrs ago, and after several months, no improvement. We switched to optimune and one of his eyes cleared right up, and the other did not seem to change one way or the other. Maybe it just depends on the individual. For the lubricant, I use Lubrithal...expensive but works the best for me. I am always hoping that someone will come up with a "miracle drug" and all these eyesight problems will get cleared up.

Of our 9 pugs (8 rescues) I have one blind from being diabetic, and 5 others that have pk and 3 of these have had surgery to tuck their wrinkle, and/or cauterize eyelashes.

Pug prayers to all, Joan

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Post  Guest on 12/19/2009, 6:02 pm

Just as an update on pk: after only 2 weeks on the 2% cyclosporine, Solomon's left eye is nearly half clear, from being completely covered. Absolutely unbelievable. He has been so brave, but when you combine paralysis on the hind limbs with blindness or close to it, it was just too much for him.

Today he was playing in his cart, and toodling around the yard like old times. Prayers are answered every day. Best Christmas present ever. he is my heart dog, and when (if) he goes, so do I.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Pugsaunt on 12/19/2009, 6:49 pm

Excellent news, Joan. Please give Solomon a hug from me and Penny Lane.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Eph91 on 3/16/2010, 5:15 am

Both of my boys are now on 1% Sandimmune (Cyclosporine)--the eye doc had Wally on Tacrolimus, but I asked if we could switch b/c it had to come from a compounding pharmacy and Wally's PK isn't that bad (neither is Emmet's). He describes both as "mild."

The irony is, this a.m., I knocked the (glass) bottle off the counter onto my tile floor. It was a large bottle that I paid about $50 for, I think, and it was pretty full. Ugh.

Plus, both the eye dr. and my regular vet (and I was JUST at my regular vet) are not close by. I'll can probably get them to call it in to a local vet, but I fear that may be even MORE expensive.

To the Cyclosporine users--are your bottles plastic?

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  Guest on 3/16/2010, 11:28 am

I think they have to be in glass. the tubes (optimune) is only .2%

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Post  Maryjo on 3/16/2010, 12:21 pm

Eph91 wrote:...To the Cyclosporine users--are your bottles plastic?

We used it for Sherman's eyes. Ours comes in a small tube of .2%- $40 per tube.. I mean it is a TINY 3.5 gram tube...

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Post  Eph91 on 3/16/2010, 2:11 pm

I just learned that the bottle wasn't $50 (that was the Tacrolimus); it was $87!!!! I smashed $87 on my floor this a.m.... (well, maybe $80; I'd used it for a few days.)

Ugh.

I've put a call in to see if we can go back to Tacrolimus; it's actually less expensive per ml. and it comes in a plastic bottle.

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Re: PUG EYES

Post  northernwitch on 3/16/2010, 2:53 pm

I'm about to start using something called Nu-Eyes for cataracts on my seniors and myself. Anyone tried it? It's an OTC medication that another senior pug owner told me about. I had to order it on line.

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