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#1 erinsboys

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 04:03 PM

Can you use over the counter polysporin pink eye drops on a dog?



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Posted 08 January 2014 - 05:23 PM

Do you know for sure that's what it is? There are a number of eye issues that present with those symptoms. One of our cats is prone to conjunctivitis and requires drops to correct it or it gets pretty nasty. We have used the poly ointment in the past under the vets direction, but that's only because the cat was diagnosed almost 10 years ago and has yearly flare ups. It's worth a try, but if would hit the vets for a full diagnosis if it worsens.

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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

NOOOOO.....Never, every home treat an eye issue. Eye issues can lead to blindness if treated incorrectly. There are many different reasons for "pink eye" in a dog and they require specific treatments.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 04:27 PM

OK, I havent done anything, just watching him.  He had runny eyes last night.  I would always take him to the vet for a diagnosis, but I don't always think you have to pay vet prices for treatments.  Just wanted to know if they are the same drugs.  Thanks for your help Ladies : )  Today, his eyes are ok, so I will just keep an eye on him.



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Posted 09 January 2014 - 09:47 PM

OK, I havent done anything, just watching him.  He had runny eyes last night.  I would always take him to the vet for a diagnosis, but I don't always think you have to pay vet prices for treatments.  Just wanted to know if they are the same drugs.  Thanks for your help Ladies : )  Today, his eyes are ok, so I will just keep an eye on him.

 

Why wouldn't you pay vet prices for treatments? I don't understand.



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 01:53 PM

Jen, sometimes you can get a comparable human drug for less. The problem is that they are often different products and, the human one has never been approved for animals. Sometimes things like the carrying agent is different which can make the product react differently than what the animal preparation of that product does.  Big pharmacies can get things at greater discounts than vets can so, they can charge less sometimes. I have never found a huge difference in price for most of the common medications though.



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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:04 PM

Jen, sometimes you can get a comparable human drug for less. The problem is that they are often different products and, the human one has never been approved for animals. Sometimes things like the carrying agent is different which can make the product react differently than what the animal preparation of that product does.  Big pharmacies can get things at greater discounts than vets can so, they can charge less sometimes. I have never found a huge difference in price for most of the common medications though.

 

Ah thanks for the clear up!