How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 27352
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog recently started having some whitish green tinged goopy

Customer Question

My dog recently started having some whitish green tinged goopy secretions from both of her eyes. Her eyes don't seem to be bothering her. Is this an infection? Does she need medicated eye drops?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is also sneezing a lot too.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
To answer you directly, perhaps. The colored discharge indicates a cellular immune response but not the etiology of the discharge. It can arise from an allergic conjunctivitis or upper respiratory infection - both can also cause sneezing - and it can arise from primary infection in the lacrimal (tear) apparatus (dacryocystitis) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"/a lack of tear production). We also consider anatomical disorders such as eyelids that have rolled into the cornea and have irritated it.
If this is acute onset, I would consider upper respiratory infection as the most likely etiology. If that's the case, it's likely to remiss unaided within 7-14 days and so keeping the eyes cleansed of discharge with water or artificial tears may suffice. Blepherospasm (squinting) would indicate pain and dictate having Milkshake's eyes checked sooner than later. Otherwise, cleaning and "watchful waiting" is OK.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Milkshake. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks so much, the discharge is still there but I think it's improving. she does not appear to have any pain. She's still sneezing but is it possible for a dog to have seasonal allergies? That's honestly weekday I would have thought it was. Thanks again.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Yes, as mentioned above an allergic conjunctivitis is quite common. You might see how an over the counter antihistamine eye drop such as one containing ketotifen* affects Milkshake. An adult human dose is OK. Let me know how it works, please.