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Infection in nose and eye.

Species: Dog
Breed: Black Lab
Age: 8-11 years
My dog Bear is 10 yr old black Lab. He weighs 110lb he is overweight, but he is also a very large frame dog. He has had a runny eye for over six weeks and a runny nose. his eye has yellow mucous that is thick like glue and I clean it out 5-6 times a day. his nose is clear almost water like dripping. He has allergies and I usually give him a benadryl for a few days and that takes care of it. the weather has not been to cooperative for any allergie suffers.
we live in an area that the nearest vet is 2 hours away and across some pretty big mountains to get there, we have a farm and I have vetted many of our animals over the past 30 years. I am also a retired respiratory therapist. In 2005 I had recieved my vet tech degree; shortly afterward I was in a serious disabling accident. I am only telling you this let you know that I am familiar with giving shots and drawing medication.
My question is we keep Norocillin (PCN G)on had for the livestock.
I wanted to give Bear a shot to help him get over this infection. the smallest needle I can get at southern states is a 20 x 1/2 gauge. My plan was to give it in the scruff of his neck.
will that be acceptable and at what doseage and duration should I give it to him?
Thank you
Melissa and Bear

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Hi Melissa and thanks for your question.

It certainly does sound like Bear has an infection. The most common reason for an infection affecting the eye and the nose would be a carnassial tooth abscess. The carnassial tooth is the big chewing tooth on the upper jaw. Unfortunately, if this is what the problem is, then it is not going to go away until the tooth is surgically removed.

Another possibility is if there is a tumor affecting the inside of the nose. Hopefully this is not the case as there would not be a whole lot that could be done. Antibiotics could help temporarily but would not be a lasting solution.

A fungal infection is a possibility as well and if this is the case, then antibiotics will not be that helpful.

Questions like this are difficult for me to answer because I can't legally advise on dosing medications. I would tell you that Penicillin G is not something that I would likely use for an infection like this. It's probably not going to be helpful to give this injection.

I really can't think of an at-home treatment that is going to work here. Unfortunately this is a case that really does need to see a vet.

As you have paid for this question and I am not legally able to answer you (i.e. about the dosing of medication), I will understand if you would like a refund. Just respond and let me know if that is the case.

Dr. Marie.

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Customer reply:

I understand it's hard to not being able to see him. i did check his teeth and they look good, he doesn't have any bad breath and his teeth are very white and his gums are clear. I also listened to his lungs and they are clear. our area has had excessive heat and humidity and bear has been getting under deck to keep cool the dirt under there is over a 100 years old our home is 125 years old so I am sure there are some bad spores/mold which he has come in to contact with which aren't helping. He does better when I keep in inside in the AC but as soon as I let him out he makes a straight line for that dirt. Since you don't recommend the PCN-G is there something you would recommend that I can order? I will take him to the vet in the next county, but i would like to have something on hand for him just incase I need it in the future
Thank you

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

From what you are describing, a fungal infection certainly is a possibility. Any anti-fungal medication, however would be a prescription medication and as such legally has to be prescribed by a vet who has physically examined Bear.

Unfortunately I can't see any way that Bear can be treated without a veterinary visit.

The vet will do a good thorough exam and may do a culture of a nasal swab to determine if there is a fungal infection or a bacterial infection. A bacterial infection in the nose is pretty uncommon though unless there was some sort of underlying cause like a foreign object up there or a tumor of some sort.

Fungal infections are more common in certain areas, so your local vet will know whether this is something that is commonly seen in your area.

Again, I wish I could help you find a way to treat this at home, but there is not much that I can recommend without a veterinary visit here.

Dr. Marie

Customer reply:

i understand thank you and have a nice day

Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

You're very welcome! I truly hope that Bear is feeling better soon!

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