We have a 13 week old Red Cattle dog that is absolutely wonderful. She's friendly, not aggressive in the least (really a giant baby), and has lots of energy. She's very healthy overall, but we keep having issues with her eyes.
About two-three weeks ago we brought her to the vet for what appeared to be conjunctivitis. He said it was and gave us some eye ointment (Chlorsig) and she did very well on that and it appeared to all clear up. After the seven day period we stopped treatment and within two days the pink eye was back. So we gave her another course of the ointment, it cleared up, then upon stopping it was back.
So we brought to the vet yesterday and he had another look and pulled out her third eyelid (gross!) and saw that it was inflamed and infected. He said that she was probably getting this reoccurring inflection due to digging, which was common for her breed. She does love to dig, and she's always digging up the garden or sand at the beach. We obviously need to put a stop to this, though I'm not sure how successful we'll be (she loves digging up old bones).
We were prescribed an antibiotic/cortisone ointment this time (Chloroint), but the vet didn't seem overly optimistic as she's displaying a breed specific behaviour. He mentioned that we may have to get her on a supplement plan (fish oil) to help things.
Has anyone had issues with this? Is there anything we can do (naturally or otherwise) for her aside from discouraging digging? Any and all recommendations/advice are welcome.