I have a shih tzu and his right eye keeps getting a film on it we wipe it with a warm wash rag but it just keeps foging over can you help me?
Type of Animal: Shih Tzu
Age: 10 months
Name of Dog: kelly
wipeing with warm wash rag
Hello, I am Dr. Zoe, a licensed veterinarian here to help. What sort of discharge are you seeing from this affected eye (e.g., green mucousy discharge that accumulates at the corner)? Does the eye seem painful, itchy or very red? And does he seem to be holding this eye open as normal or at half mast? (thanks for answering my questions..helps me to understand what is going on)
At his age, my top concern when you are seeing any sort of filmy discharge is that he may have traumatized the cornea (clear part in front of the globe) or an area around the eye. In addition to discharge, though, you may also see him holding his eye more closed than normal. This is an indication to take him in to be seen right away (today if your vet is open) because we do not want the damage to worsen and prescription medication will be needed. If the problem is that the actual cornea (clear part) looks foggy, then this indicates trauma (like an ulcer as previously mentioned) or something going on inside the eye like uveitis (inflammation) and this also indicates an immediate visit is needed to have this checked out.
What can you do at home? You can flush out his eyes with ocular saline as made for people and you can purchase this at any pharmacy. And you can use lubricating drops such as Celluvisc or Refresh. But that is about all you can do OTC. My best recommendation is to have this seen ASAP.
the white part looks a little red it does accmulate in the corner and he does have it half closed he dosent seem to mind when we wipe it so i don't think it is sore but he does try to rub it on the carpet so i do think it itches
ok thank you i will make an appointment asap
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Yes, based upon what you said, and his age, I am concerned something may have flown into his eye, or he scratched it while playing. I do recommend have it seen. Your vet will likely perform a stain test to look for ulcers/scratches...and then prescribe medication to help.
12 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine