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My dogs eyes have suddenly become very bloodshot. Hes not

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My dogs eyes have suddenly become very bloodshot. He's not well. Very lethargic yesterday, wouldn't eat anything, not interested in playing. Today he was much better. I fed him rice & chicken. He went for a walk today. He wanted to play. At dinner time, it started; it was almost like he didn't want to eat again. He's been drinking water. This all started yesterday; I thought perhaps he got into some icky swamp water on Friday. Now he's barely moving. His nose is warm, it's like he can barely lift his head. I just want to get thru this night so I can take him to my vet in the morning. He's been on medication, including anti-biotics for a week because vet technicians found worms or whatever in his stool sample about a week ago. I don't think he's having a reaction to the medication because he's been on them for over a week. My dog is a one year old lab/retriever/newfie mix & he's usually very energetic with a good appetite. Please give me some guidance.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.

Rebeccavet :

Hi JACustomer,

Rebeccavet :

Sorry to hear about Ryder.

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My name is XXXXX XXXXX X am a licensed veterinarian.

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Has there been any vomiting, or diarrhea?

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Is there any way you can take his rectal temperature?

Customer:

No.

Customer:

I do not have proper thermometer to take his temp.

Rebeccavet :

Bloodshot eyes, and lethargy, are very nonspecific signs of illness. Without being able to examine him, and take his temperature, it is hard to say what is wrong.

Rebeccavet :

If he has a fever, I would recommend trying a fever reducer such as aspirin.

Customer:

Could swamp water cause an infection of some sort.

Rebeccavet :

Can you look at his gums, and tell me what color they are? Normal is "bubble gum" pink.

Rebeccavet :

He could have a tick borne illness, a systemic infection, or have sustained an injury we don't know about.

Customer:

one moment please ... gums are pink

Rebeccavet :

That, and the fact that he is not vomiting or having diarrhea is good newsx.

Rebeccavet :

So is that he is eating.

Customer:

His eyes are very very red, he is lying on the bed, he won't put his head down.

Rebeccavet :

He sounds uncomfortable. You could try the aspirin, and see if it makes him feel better. As long as he does not vomit, it is safe to try a dose.

Rebeccavet :

Give it with food. How much does he weigh, so I can give you a dosage?

Customer:

I don't think I have aspirin, only extra strength advil. He weighs 71 lbs.

Rebeccavet :

Never give Advil to dogs.

Customer:

No, of course not

Rebeccavet :

He could take 1/2 to 1 regular strength aspirin, with food. But no other over the counter pain reliever would be safe.

Rebeccavet :

If you have any eye drops that do not contain any steroids, you could try that as well.

Customer:

It scares me that he won't put his head down. I want to know if he'll be okay until tomorrow when I can get him to my vet; I'm sure she will want to do a bloodtest.

Rebeccavet :

But what he really needs (and sounds like he will get tomorrow) is a good physical exam, his temperature taken, his heart and lungs listened to, etc.

Rebeccavet :

I can't tell you if he will be OK, without being able to examine him, know his temperature, etc.

Customer:

My vet gave me eyedrops for him a while back because he had green discharge for a short time.

Rebeccavet :

If he has neck pain, the aspirin might help.

Rebeccavet :

But neck pain can (very rarely) be a sign of serious illness, like meningitis. So I really can't guarantee he is OK.

Customer:

Could neck pain cause bloodshot eyes?

Rebeccavet :

You could try those drops.

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Blood shot eyes can occur with any stress or illness; not a very specific sign (except that he may have an eye infection, which would not cause lethargy and neck pain).

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But try the drops you have.

Customer:

I will try those drops. My first dog a long time ago had an illness like meningitis. I had to put him down. Gawd, this cannot happen again.

Rebeccavet :

I sure hope not. He is young, so this is probably not serious.

Customer:

I remember his eyes being very bloodshot.

Rebeccavet :

Even meningitis is not always fatal and often can be treated.

Customer:

thanks for the reassurance

Rebeccavet :

Try the eye drops, and a single aspirin if you can get it. Keep him drinking and hydrated.

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And I hope you both have a good night.

Customer:

Me too. Pray for me. Thank you.

Rebeccavet :

I know how worried I would be if this were my dog and I am currently far from an animal hospital to treat her if she got sick (Silverton, CO). I do pray and hope for the best for you.

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Let me know if I can answer anything else.

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If not, please consider accepting so the website credits me.

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But in any case, I do hope for the best for both of you.

Customer:

Thank you. I just need my dog to get thru this night without any more complications.

Rebeccavet :

He is young, strong, and has a lot of reserves an older dog would not. The odds are very good he will pull through.

Customer:

Thank you.

Rebeccavet :

You are welcome.

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Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
How did you and Ryder make out? I hope all is well now. Rebecca
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ryder is back to his usual self. He wants to play, eat etc. I took him to vet on Monday morning, his eyes were no longer bloodshot but they were oozing out an icky discharge. My vet checked him out thoroughly, had a blood test done. He had a bit of a fever, nothing serious, thank goodness. The vet prescribed something for the fever & anti-biotics; this was administered with a needle instead of pills because I chose that in case he didn't want to eat. I have come to the conclusion that his illness was caused by ingesting some disgusting swamp water. Thank you for your help & your concern.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 2 years ago.
Glad to hear Ryder is better. No more icky swamp water! Thanks for the update and let me know if you have any more questions. Rebecca

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