In all of the excitement of mammograms and double shifts I forgot to update y'all on Bumpus's eye. It turns out that several of you were right and he does, in fact, have Dry Eye (that link does not have pictures--go ahead and Google Image it if you want, but don't blame ME if you throw up--Bumpus was as bad as many of the vilest photos you'll see for a day or two). Cyclosporine drops are out of our price range (and quite frankly, having had to use those myself in the past, I doubt the dog would tolerate them--Bumpus is already an angst-pisser and corner-cowerer extraordinaire, and I wouldn't be suprised if twice-daily painful drops turned him into an angstbiter in fairly short order...he is a very emotionally frail creature, the poor dog), so we are going with the second-best option of artificial tears in gel-form, applied several times daily. It's not perfect, but it has yielded tremendous improvement even over the antibiotic drops and ointments (those helped up to a point, after which I think the only benefit was in their adding moisture). Bumpus's "bad eye" now looks almost completely normal, and his "good eye" (which we're also putting the drops in, because there's a good chance he'll get it in that one too and so it's probably worthwhile to do for prevention's sake) remains perfect. He is not a fan of the eyedrops, but is a pretty good sport about them, particularly since I bought him some bacon-flavored treats that he only gets after drops (we aim for six times a day with the drops, with four being the bare minimum--fortunately Bumpus is skinny as a rail and is in no danger of getting fat from all the treats he is now getting). I feel for him, and wish I was rich so I could have his punctal ducts cauterized (the eventual solution to my own very similar eye woes, after I put my foot down and refused to keep doing those miserable drops), but now that his eye has improved substantially with the artificial tear gel I'm feeling okay about the whole thing.