My boy had a hair poking his eye that I managed to safely get out that irritated his eye really quickly.
The vet won't be able to see him for a while and his eye is still quite cloudy and red, though the weeping has stopped since I took the hair off his eye. I'm really worried that his eye will get worse in the next few days without treatment.
I researched Terramycin and eye wash like Optrex with Chloramphenicol but I can't find any of those things in Canada online or in store, at least none that could arrive quickly. So far the best thing I've found accessible is either Vetericyn on Amazon that is not an antibiotic and will take a few days to arrive, or a random human eye drop from shoppers or something to at least moisturize his eye.
But aside from Terramycin or a Chloramphenicol eye wash, or just waiting for a vet to be able to see us I can't find what I can put on his poor eye over the next few days :(
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They are for allergies but would soothe the eye and make your guinea pig feel better.
My only worry would be that there is something else irritating his eye.
Hopefully that can at least help him get to the vet without his eye getting worse.
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We don't ordinarily recommend emergency vets for guinea pigs, but eyes are eyes are eyes, and any competent vet should be able to give you something.
This time it's worse than usual and with him being 5 years old and more at-risk of serious health issues, I am taking him to the vet to be on the safe side. He's not experiencing any problems with activities, eating or drinking so far. It's just his one eye getting a little bit gunky. His other eye is fine and there's no nasal discharge. No issues with chewing or head tilt. You can see the bottom lining of his eye socket is swelling, but it goes down and his eye runs when I massage it.
Anyway, I thought maybe your guinea pig might have the same problem.
I don't know if anyone will see this, but I have a question/update!
We gave the baytril and tobramycin for two weeks, and the eye healed a lot! The red and white completely left, and his eye is smooth now and a lot of the original colour came back, its just slightly cloudy now.
The problem is that now I can see the scratch from the hay poke on the center of his eye, and if I start to reduce the tobramycin, the red returns to his eye and it starts weeping.
So we have another vet appointment with a better vet (the last vet was horrific) but in the meantime I'm wondering if anyone knows what we can do long term to fix his eye, since we would prefer to at least get it stable without needing antibiotic eyedrops a few times a day every day forever to keep his eye from swelling and turning red :( or needing surgery or losing the eye.
Obviously this new vet will know best most likely, but the last vet was completely incompetent and offensive and we're worrying about getting this right for our little guy.
TLDR: how to stabilize the cornea scratch in the longterm without surgery or eye removal.
The last vet was scaring us because we just met with him again yesterday for a solution to the redness and all he would say is "we can just remove the eyeball. But he will die because he's so old" (4 years old). And refused to explore any other options or alternatives to help the redness.
We think hes just a bad vet, he never examined or touched our piggie aside from yanking him up into the air and dangling him sideways by his neck and choking him for a few seconds... And he also got really offended that we were asking him questions about the medications and started insulting us. Also made racist comments to my wife, but we were still kind of scared now since this vet was so doom and gloom about the eye. Thank you for the reassurance!
We got really upset with the new vet when he did that, my wife said "careful, careful!" And he just ignored her. He was just very confrontational even with very simple polite questions (if we asked what the medications did specifically he would take it super personally and get offended and be really condescending, saying "you won't even understand" or start using more technical terms like calling Baytril Enrofloxin or whatever it is just to try to show off and saying "you won't even understand what that is, will you?" Little did he knew I had at least googled that much :) But aside from getting out frustration it didnt really accomplish much since he wasn't listening. He just argued with us for several minutes, refused to actually do any tests or solutions aside from "I can just take the eyeball out" until we left. His solution was to give us a referral to a vet that doesnt even take guinea pigs :p
Sorry, I'm rambling now since it was so frustrating. It was pretty clear from the start that since the receptionist had told him we were unsatisfied with how he had handled the first appointment, he just came back looking to pick a fight.
Maybe I'll have to ask Pinta what their vet is depending on how tomorrow goes, thank you everyone! I think it oddly helps with the anxiety to not feel alone on this stuff.