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About five weeks ago my little Pug, Jamie, hurt his left eye. He damaged the front of his eye (the clear part) on a stick and then had a bad infection. This turned into an ulcer, which failed to respond to treatment, ending up with the front of his eye bulging out like a kind of hernia. He had surgery to help and has had all manner of ointments and drops. Gradually, things have improved, but there is still a long way to go. Can you suggest anything that will help the ulcer heal more quickly and reduce any scarring?

Tim Couzens advises…

It does sound like you have had quite a struggle on your hands, but as you probably know, dogs with bulbous eyes are more prone to eye injuries than other breeds. It is also not that unusual for ulcers to heal slowly and often there are complications, as you have discovered.

In Jamie’s case, the bulge on the front of the eye (the cornea) is referred to as a descemetocele (also called a keratocele) and occurs when the most superficial layers of corneal tissue have been eroded by infection or damaged by localised trauma, causing the tissue underneath to herniate through.

Along with your dog’s current conventional medication, I would look at adding some homoeopathic remedies with the aim of encouraging the corneal tissue to heal with a minimal amount of scarring. I would suggest using a combination of Silica 6c (to reduce scarring), adding both Calendula 6c and Symphytum 6c to encourage healing. Give all three remedies three times a day for as long as needed.

You might also look at using MSM and colloidal silver eye drops, as this also helps with reducing infection and encourages the corneal tissue to heal properly. However, you will need to check with your vet before putting anything in your Pug’s eye to ensure it is compatible with any current treatment.

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