we have a yorkie and a cat. The yorkie is a puppy and pushed his luck with the cat. The cat scratched his eye and now he has what looks like a blood blister in his eye as well a some blood on his face. any suggestions for us since its a holiday weekend.
There are ER vets open over the holidays. Is he acting as if he is in pain? Warm moist compresses several times a day will help comfort it as well as not allowing it to crust or scab.
The vet will need to see him though, ASAP to check for damage to the cornea. Left untreated he can easily lose sight in his eye, and in some cases, the eye itself has to be removed if treatment is not provided right away.
Is the yorkie able to blink and does the eye water? It may just be a "war" wound and be all right without any assistance.
Don't use any cleansing or disenfecting type products around the eye, water only.........take a nice warm wash cloth and carefully check the eye. I had a yorkie years ago, they are small but tough, hopefully her learned his lesson.
If it gets yellow or puss-like, take the dog in to a vet. Just keep it clean with warm water and check it often, if he seems bothered, take him in.................hope that helps.
Thanks for the quick responce. It seems to be itching a bit. Charlie doesn't seem to be in pain but I am concerned about his sight. It just appears to be just a blood blister on the white part of the eye just above the dark part of his eye (sorry I forgot what the part of the eye is called). He did have blood on his fur just after he was scratched. We did wash his face but are concerned that she (checkers the cat) may have had dirty paws.
keep doing warm compresses through the night, and if the dog keeps itching it, you may need to take him in, get it checked and put a patch on it until it heals. It doesn't sound bad, but it's better to be safe than sorry............take care. Let us know what you find out. Dawn
I don't ever mess around with eye problems. I would make sure to get it into a vet as soon as possible. You know, I would even go to an emergency vet.
It's not like a cut on the paw that you can see make a judgment call on. The slightest thing can affect eyesight or even worse...
Better to be safe than sorry. Don't risk your dog's eyesight.
*edit to add**
The reason I'm really stressing the importance of an emergency visit is because we have a cat that we adopted who was sick, her illness spread to her eyes and despite trips to feline eye specialists, we weren't able to save her eyes.
Eyes are a tricky thing, best to not take chances, please, go to a vet.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 12/31/2006 10:01:38 PM*** Reason: kk
Well, it sounds like the cat missed his cornea, which is a good thing. But an infection can easily take ahold and still cause him to lose his eye. Eyes arent something that you can bandage and wait like a cut. Hope he is ok.
Yep...cats...litter boxes....a germ fest combo. My daughter got scratched playing with our cat a few years back, and the cat apparently had been to the litter box recently. She contracted 'cat scratch disease'. Lots of germies on them paws.
The bacteria gets into the body through the scratch of a cat who has traces of feces on their feet. Not everyone will react to the bacteria. But it causes your natural immune system to start trying to fend off the bacteria in the way of swollen lymph nodes. In my daughters case4, she had swollen lymph nodes of the neck and had them all over her scalp. Uncomfortable to brush your hair, thats for sure. But the body usually fights it iof itself within 6 months. If not they need to intervene with meds.
I never knew that it exsisted until we went to Childrens hospital for blood work.
One of my dogs got a scratch on her eye and it just would not heal (yes she went to the vet). She then ended up with an ulcer on her eye. They finally had to do some special procedure on it and finally it did heal. To just have looked at it you wouldn't have thought much of it. The only reason I knew something was wrong is because she kept pawing at her eye so I took her in to find out what the problem was. Even if it doesn't appear to be bad you should take her to the vet. It might be worse than it looks.