Yesterday, when I started to put Bart’s eye ointment in, I noticed a little white spot on his cornea. I didn’t put the ointment in since it is a steroid ointment. Instead, I put some Terramycin in it (I always have some of this on hand, because you never know when you’ll need it). It didn’t look as bad this morning, but I still called the vet.
Charlene told me that since it was on the eye, it was best to bring him in and get it checked out. I did.
Turns out that it most likely isn’t herpes related. The vet called it a corneal erosion. He rubbed the cornea back and opened up the area so that it will heal better (the erosion happens under the cornea, not on top, so the top layer covers a portion of the problem - think of a flattened letter O with just part of the top missing; rubbing it back like he did opens the entire sore area up so it will heal more efficiently). He stained it and we looked at it under the black light and you could see the problem.
So, Bart will be getting four things of eye ointment for the next week. Terramycin followed by Ak Trol twice a day. I take him back in next Monday for a recheck.
He’s lost a little weight, which I place on this incredible heat we’ve been having. And he’s not a young cat, either.
He was a little disoriented when he got out of the carrier, but I gave him some raw beef and he’s happy.
That eye has to hurt, though. Poor guy.