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Old 12-11-2012, 11:41 PM
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Got Izzy down to the ophthalmologist today....great driving weather...no snow to speak of, even Parry Sound was good to us !
For her sighted eye...a cataract ! IOP was 16 mmHg. ( Took Wayne to the ophthalmologist on Monday and he has one too ! ) So she will be closely followed for that...we are to use polysporin eye gel to the fur below her eye to prevent bacteria growth and to continue with the Lacrilube 3x day...For her blind eye...she is now on cyclosporin gel 3x a day plus the lacrilube gel 3x a day...IOP was 8 mmHg...I am to call the doctor next Tuesday morn at 9 am and let her know if the new RX is helping...she may need to up the strength....the purpose is to try and keep Iz comfortable and keep the eye in until we can get another type of anesthesia for her...the Ketamine/val which she had for her spay is on back order for the vets as humans are now using the ketamine for surgery...and there isn't enough to go around so the human hospital get first dibs...Dr W said if the ketamine was available..out the eye would come ! But d/t her bad reaction to the Propofol they will be very conservative with her surgical treatments ...but the good news is that if the cyclosporin gel is effective , Izzy can remain on it for life !
I am reading up on oral supplements for eye health...if anyone has any supplement they can endorse, I would appreciate getting the info
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:22 AM
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Thank you for the update Kathleen. I do not worry about your girls, because I
know they are in the best possible hands...yours. But I do often think of you all
and wish for good things to come your way and for you all to be comfortable and
pain free. Please keep updating, you and your girls mean a lot to me.
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Here are a few things I found:

Eye Disorders and Eye Problems in Dogs and Cats

Natural Treatments for dogs and cats with eye disorders
Good nutrition plays an important role in the overall health of your pet and can help to maintain healthy eyes and vision. When an animal has severe vitamin deficiencies or is malnourished, cataracts and other eye disorders can develop.

There are several vitamins, botanicals and other nutrients that help to nourish the eyes:

Vitamins A, C and E have antioxidant properties which fight free radicals that can damage the lens of the eye.

Bilberry extract (Vacciuium myritllus) derived from a fruit similar to the blueberry, contains active ingredients for eye health and proper vision. The berries are rich in the antioxidant anthocyanosides -- the red pigments that are beneficial in ophthalmology and vascular diseases. Nicknamed "the vision herb" bilberry has a substantial body of research that confirms its benefits for human eyes. This herb is very helpful to animals with early stage eye disorders, or for animals that have a genetic predisposition to eye problems.

Zinc is a mineral linked to good vision and may protect eye tissue from damaging light and inflammation. Zinc is found in healthy retinal tissue.

Lutein, a carotenoid found in dark, leafy greens, is also found in the retina of healthy eyes where it acts as a shield against harmful light and may help protect the eyes against damage from ultraviolet radiation.

Quercetin is a natural antioxidant bioflavonoid that protects cells from damage by free radicals.

Alpha Lipoic Acidis the "universal antioxidant" because it works in both water and fatty tissues, providing antioxidant protection to all your pet's cells. It restores numerous biological functions that become diminished with aging and helps to prevent cataracts.

Mixed Carotenoids contain antioxidants found in carotenoid-rich food, that is, produce that are rich in color. Two specific carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, provide antioxidant protection in the macular region of the ey and have been found to reduce the incidence of caratacts.

Grape Seed Extract has a high content of compounds called oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs), which are potent antixodiants. They provide a wide range of antioxidant benefits: supporting healthy skin, providing cardiovascular support, improving blood circulation and reducing the risk cataracts.

Holistic Healthcare Library | Articles and Advice on Dog and Cat Health | Natural Pet Articles

(Read entire article lots of GOOD info)

Antioxidants for Pets, Benefits of Antioxidant supplements

(Another good read)

Common Dog Health Problems Symptoms & Natural Dog Remedies
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:36 PM
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Thanks LS...our own DVM just called and she said they have applied to another drug firm to try and get some Midazolam...

Thanks Chrisitie....I have been looking at products with Lutein and grape seed oil in them...I just got home from work, going to make a coffee and sit down and read the info you provided...very kind of you to take the time to do so ! Izzy sends you a big hug.
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NP hope some of it helps! I love research and have some favorite links I got to when looking for stuff like that.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:41 AM
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Christie you are so knowledgeable in regards to natural treatments, we should
have a sticky with your best links. I bet a lot of people would find them helpful.
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