Joe, No Snickie doesn't rub her face on the carpet or sofa. I have had her on coconut oil in the past, keep forgetting to pick it up, the vet approved the coconut oil over a year ago. I actually think I had more of it then she did*:) happy
Ashley, I wish I could say that everything will balance out and life will go back to normal, but it's not going to. When the vet told me her one eye was borderline I sat there and looked at him and said "this is going to be one long road". You have to understand that this is an immune-mediated disease, or idiopathic. The eye needs to have water, oil, and mucus in the right proportions to function properly. There are several different forms of dry eye, but the most common form for dogs and people is where there is a lack of oil in the eye. The lack of oil has to do with eating a highly processed diet and or low fat diet. Yeah I feed Snickie kibble, but I have always top dressed her food with home cooking, knowing that, and reading up on the fish oil, I was willing to bet that giving her the fish oil or salmon oil would work for her. I read that when people did this, they felt the difference in 2 weeks, that's why at the third week I pulled Snickie off the steroid drops, because I knew if the oil was working I would be able to do it, and it worked, and I knew then that I was on the right track. Knowing all this I still have decisions to make regarding the kibble, I know that it is part of the problem, it is what they call dead food, not live food such as raw or home cooked food. I also know that 5 months before this happened Snickie had a lepto shot that she had reacted to, which may have been a contributing factor. I am not prepared to give her raw at this point, but I am willing to cook her meals. All though I do give her a raw bone with meat once a week and hydrated raw once or twice a week depending on my schedule to cook for her.
If it were me I would at least try giving your dog salmon oil, while you're giving the eye drops, it certainly won't hurt. When you bring her back in for a recheck hopefully her eyes will pass, and from that point you might be able to lower the amount of eye drops slowly. In my research I read up on three vets who made this product for dogs called OcuGlo its a supplement with fish oil and other anti-oxidants, which from that, I made up my own recipe. OcuGlo is expensive, but the people form is, TheraTears. TheraTears makes artificial tears and the supplements. When I am out of my fish oil and other supplements, I will be buying the TheraTears supplement for Snickie. If using fish oil works for you, you will have to give it to your dog for the rest of it's life. The reason for the veggies is that they are anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory, I make a big batch of it and put it in the freezer in small packages and take out as needed.
I know how difficult it can be to give eye drops, my previous dog's temperament was less than desirable and she would snap at me, Snickie on the other hand is a sweetheart, you can do anything to her and she will sit and take it. In fact the vet did something to her when checking her eyes, that he said he will only do to a dog when it is under, he did it only because he knows how docile she is, she did a lot of whining, but he saved me money and less stress for her by not putting her under.
Good luck and try the fish oil/salmon oil or TheraTears and research. If the oil doesn't work, then you know that it's some other dry eye issue. Dog eyes and people eyes are treated pretty much the same and with the same products, just different names. Keep us posted.