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Shih Tzu has a stye?

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Macy Sue

Princess of The- Red Palace
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 6, '11 8:36am PST 
So my little 15 week old fur baby has what appears to be a stye? I kept an eye on it for a few days, did some warm compresses, but after 4 days I felt like I should take her to the vet for some meds. I go to Petsmart Banfield, because I'm on the puppy plan and I really do like the staff... So I take her in, the vet takes a look at her (he's not seen Macy before... I usually have the same dr.) and he thinks it's also a stye... proceeds to squeeze the hell out of her little bump... At first, I was ok with it... just to see if something came out of it... as if it were maybe a bug bite instead? But then he just kept squeezing it! I almost said something, but then he stopped and just said, "Ya we'll get her some meds".

My question is... have any of you had a puppy with a stye? Especially bulgy eyed breeds...

Second question... Should I have told the vet to stop, because I'm not comfortable with him treating her like that? I realize vets deal with animals all day, but that just wasn't cool with me. I don't pick at my face, because it causes irritation and just shouldn't be messed with... and I feel the same about Macy's little eye bump... Was he ok to do that since he's a professional?

It just really set me off and I needed to vent... I always ask for the same dr. and I'm really irritated that they completely ignored my wishes.

Thanks in advance. (For listening, and for your input!)
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MattieMay

Agility Diva!
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 6, '11 1:46pm PST 
Wow, I've had a stye and if anyone squeezed it, I'd bite them for sure! That hurts! A stye is an infection in the eyelid. I think I would have asked what the squeezing was supposed to accomplish (in a nice way). Unfortunately some vets begin to see our animals as "objects" to be worked on. Since they can't say, "stop, you're hurting me!" we have to say it for them. So, yes, I would have asked him to stop and explain why this was necessary and was there a less painful way to do it. Rinsing with warm water will help. You can also use lubricating eyedrops (the ones for humans: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium 0.5%) to ease any irritation in her eyes from the water rinses. Unfortunately, shihtzus are very prone to eye problems. I had 2 "tzus" and one developed an ulcerated eye and nearly lost it. So I spent several years taking her to a specialist vet opthomologist. It was an education that I don't wish to repeat (expensive). So do warm water rinsing several times a day (cotton ball soaked in warm water) and then try to put the drops in. My stye went away when I treated it this way. Keep a close watch on that eye. If you see red streaks in the eyeball or more swelling, get her to an opthomologist. She will need specialized help as she could be developing an ulcer.
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Bingley,- Emmett &- Martika

Little Ewoks
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 6, '11 5:50pm PST 
Oh, ouch! Yeah, he should not have been squeezing it. I get that it can be hard to speak up to a vet, so don't beat yourself up about it. My mom gets styes quite often, and she has had to have them lanced at times (but that's due to her being diabetic, so she heals slowly, where your puppy shouldn't end up needing that), but you never squeeze them. She'll put warm tea bags on them, but since you wouldn't want a puppy biting the bag, that wouldn't work for your girl. So warm water compress would be a good choice for her.
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Macy Sue

Princess of The- Red Palace
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 6, '11 8:01pm PST 
Thank you both! She really enjoys the warm compresses so it's really easy to work with her as far as that goes... If it doesn't go away by the time she's fixed, do you think it would be ok to have it removed while she's under?

It hasn't gotten any bigger... and it doesn't seem to bother her at all.

And next time I will most certainly speak up!
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Bingley,- Emmett &- Martika

Little Ewoks
 
 
Barked: Wed Jul 6, '11 8:20pm PST 
If it's still there (it should go away soon though, they typically last 3 days to a week, like a pimple) when she gets fixed, I don't see why the vet would have a problem lancing it if needed, unless they prefer an eye doc to do it.
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Remmy

I love Agility
 
 
Barked: Fri Jul 8, '11 8:29am PST 
Are you sure it is a stye and not cherry eye?
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Mika

As long as they- think they're- the boss
 
 
Barked: Sat Jul 9, '11 7:30am PST 
I don't have either a small or bulgie-eyed breed but my 4yr-old Akita developed a stye like bump on her eye in December. I put hot compresses on her eye several times a day and wiped away any discharge, it took several weeks to pop open,drain and shrink. It then came back several weeks later,we used the same steps and it stayed away for quite awhile,just before her annual check-up at the vet it returned. I asked about it and was told it was a clogged tear duct and to treat it the way I have been and as long as it continues to drain nothing needs to be done,however if she were having any other surgery such as a spay and it was flaring up they would remove it then. Other than that if it returned I was to keep doing what I was doing unless it stopped draining and continued to get larger,then surgery was a definate probability to prevent any further damage. It took several weeks of real effort the last time to get it to pop and drain but we havent had a re-occurance since the end of March and you can't even tell it was ever there. Good Luck and I hope you're able to resolve the problem easily.
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