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Well, we had Koda's ophthalmologist appointment yesterday after our regular vet diagnosed him with Pannus. The regular vet put him on Prednisone drops, but the Opth. added Tacrolimus drops to the mix... He seemed to be doing GREAT on just the Pred drops... Eyes looked brighter, brown growths had started to recede... Now that I've added the Tacro drops, they seem to kind of bother his eyes.. Like they sting or something. He squints and blinks a lot after I put them in, and his eyes start watering a bit.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience with the Tacro drops?? Ophthalmologist said we can't do the Pred drops long term because they do some kind of damage to the corneas if used long term.. So eventually we'll just be using the Tacro drops... But if they are stinging his eyes, then I don't know what to do?!?!
 

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My Sting was diagnosed with pannus 2 1/2 years ago. It is only in one eye. He has always just had the Pred drops but the dosage decreased as his eye improved. He went from 2 drops 4 times a day to his maintenance dose of 2 drops every other day which he has been on for the past 1 1/2 year. He has been doing great. From what my vet told me, the Pred is okay when the dosage is correct - not too little so that that the pannus comes back and not too much so that other eye infections develop. I suggest you talk to the specialist about your concerns and it is possible that your dog could be allergic to the Tacro drops.
 

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I had two dogs on Tacrolymus and it worked great. One dog did not even register it, the other fought both the pred and Tacrolymus, it was a battle to administer the drops, every time. It is the standard treatment, pred alone is not enough.
 

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They do sting - at least some of them do to some people/dogs - I know a person who gets them, she said they sting, and sometimes seem to go down in to her nose. My dog always likes to rub her face on my leg after she gets hers. Like Rebel said, it's standard to do both at first, at least. Mine is now just getting cyclosporine drops for Plasmoma. I think she's been on drops...7 years maybe? Holy cow.
 

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Even the TV ad for people says that the drops sting. People and dogs have to live with that, it is a small price to pay...
 

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I don't remember the name of the stuff but my dog had pannus and he didn't have drops but an ointment I put in his eyes once a day. It didn't sting or bother him at all. He was on it until he passed away of DM. I'm pretty sure it had an antibiotic in it not steroids.

Oh wait I found the stuff. This was it.

 

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This ís timely - Wolfgang was just diagnosed. He's at the vet with my husband now. So far what I've been reading this is very treatable.


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Wolfgang has two different eye drops and we will be making an appointment with an eye vet. For two of us to put I the drops it's not bad - one of us is going to be challenging. But he's pretty good.

I'm pretty encouraged with what I've seen with treatments and the vet wanted us to see a specialist to make sure he's getting the right meds


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We have prednisone and cyclosporin drops for Luka. Initially she had to have both every day, now we've got it down to once every 2-3 days and the Pannus is well under control.
 

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I was able to do the drops on my own this AM. He's such a mush it was easy :)
 

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They do sting - at least some of them do to some people/dogs - I know a person who gets them, she said they sting, and sometimes seem to go down in to her nose. My dog always likes to rub her face on my leg after she gets hers. Like Rebel said, it's standard to do both at first, at least. Mine is now just getting cyclosporine drops for Plasmoma. I think she's been on drops...7 years maybe? Holy cow.
It's at least 7 yrs for Apache too. It's been a few years that he's been on only the cyclosporine for maintence. He also rubs his face once in a while, he's so good about the drops and I know he doesn't like it.
 
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