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I'm sorry to hear that Gemini is having an eye problem. The discharge you are describing indicates that there is definitely and inflammation of his eye and probably an infection also. You can clean his eye (or around his eye) with warm water, or you could get an over the counter eye cleaner/moisturizer called Genteal Tears or other artificial tear products. These would be fine to actually instill in Gemini's eye as you can flush with these.
There are several possible causes for the discharge.
These include generalized infections, a wound of the cornea or blunt trauma, a foreign body that has gotten stuck in the eye, eye lashes that are growing the wrong direction and rubbing the cornea, inner eye infections, glaucoma, etc.
I'd recommend the saline solution.
For how long has Gemini had this discharge? Also, has he been rubbing at the eye? Is he squinting the eye?
He may not be seeing well from the eye.
Since this hasn't improved in 2 weeks, I do recommend that you have him evaluated by your vet. It is possible for you to clean the eye with saline, but it is the cause of. . .yes. . .you are headed the same direction that I was going!
Determining the cause of the discharge will lead to correct treatment and resolution of the problem.
Since dry eye is fairly common in dogs, I do recommend that you put nothing in Gemini's eye the day of his appointment. This way, your vet will be able to accurately check Gemini's tear production without just measuring the eye drops in his eye.
Hi. . .how are things going for Gemini this morning?
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