A general update:
The opthalmologist immediately identified that he has problem with tear production in his left eye, so he is on artificial tear treatment for a month and then followup.
I started to notice a pattern in his skin condition that may or may not be causative. He seems to react to perfumes or room scents/heavily scented candles. I removed all scents from the apartment and I see an improvement after a week. It is very cold and dry here now and getting the humidity up is close to impossible so this has not been the cause for improvement.
- Supporter in '12
My one skinny pig had a chronic eye issue and turned out to be entropion (eye lashes curled inwards). He had surgery to correct it. He still has a watery eye at times (tear duct issues) and it takes daily maintenance of cleaning with a warm cotton pad and applying eye lubricant to keep him happy but a huge difference was made after his surgery.
I have some good news. We have visited the ophthalmologist twice now and Zyrtec is to get Hyabak artificial tears 2x a day indefinitely. This vet also suggested I give Benadryl some drops now and then to rinse out dirt or hay (I don't know what this little bastard is doing but he gets pieces of hay in his eye constantly). There has been zero eye problems since I started giving Zyrtec Hyabak.
As for the skin: He is still cycling, and 2 weeks ago it was rather bad (no breaking of skin though). My new (and now permanent vet for skin issues) sent sample from nose fur and skin to external lab for testing. There was no sign of fungus/bugs and we are going today for a visit to evaluate the skin for a steroid treatment regime. She suspects that he has a mite allergy. I will let you guys know how it goes!
On a side note, due to severe allergies (my own allergies this time) I have been forced to switch my hay to oxbow orchard grass and I feel that it is very dusty and the boys require eye cleaning at least twice a week. I got a 4kg bag. Could this be a batch thing, or is it usually extremely dusty?
p.s. sometimes dust is actually due to tiny bugs eating the hay (it gets broken up).
@bpatters I am getting it from amazon as it is unavailable here in Poland.
Zyrtec was less itchy after stronghold but it didn't disappear fully so he is now on antihistamins. It helps him a lot, but yesterday he started getting a patch of scratched off fur. He does that sometimes and it grows back quickly without any special actions. I guess we will visit vet again soon
I do have ivermectin spot treatment at home from UK that I could try to do more frequent treatments in case it wasn't a resistance problem, but rather a length of treatment period problem.