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Eye Problem

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 18 September 2007 05:04PM | viewed 5500 times
Q Jamie asks:

I put a flea collar on my cat and after that I noticed her eye is pink/reddish and she either holds it half closed or all the way closed. I was looking at it and it looked like her eye lids are inflamed. Any way to know what this is? Could it be the flea collar?

Q Our vet says: It may be conjunctivitis which is an inflammation of the membranes around the eye. This type of problem can have a variety of causes including allergies and infections. It is possible that your cat is reacting badly to the flea collar. However, I would think that such a reaction would be most likely to affect both eyes rather than just the one. You could try removing the collar and see if the swelling goes down after a while without the collar on. If that does not work fairly quickly I would recommend that you do get her seen by your own vet. They will be able to check that it is not a serious problem such as an ulcer or foreign body on her eye and may also be able to provide treatment to soothe the eye and reduce the swelling around the eyelids. If necessary they may also be able to perform various tests to try to find out what the cause of the problem could be.

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