My FiV positive cat has all the symptoms of conjunctivitis – the redness is on the lower area of eyeball. It’s only his left eye, his right eye is clear. He’s had a runny eye for a couple of days but today it has gotten worse: 1, Runny eye, some discharge, gunk at times
2. Can see swollen third eye
3. Bottom of eyeball when I lifted lid is red
What does it sound like to you? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Thank you for your inquiry to Holistic Pet Info. Unfortunately without examining your cat’s eyes I can’t make a diagnosis. With an FIV positive cat it could be a chronic issue because the immune system is suppressed by the virus. Often FIV positive cats have calici or herpes virus in the eyes and immune support is the best course. But if it is an eye infections antibiotics are the best treatment. Please keep in mind that cats can also get corneal ulcers and that is an emergency because it can cause the eye to rupture if untreated.
I would suggest you go to a holistic vet in your area that can monitor the FIV and work with you to support your cat’s immune system and help treat outbreaks. The American Holistic Veterinarian Medical Association (www.ahvma.org) has a directory of holistic vets. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA, CVCP