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My dog's eye is matted and she doesn't want to open it. She

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My dog's eye is matted and she doesn't want to open it. She jus got groomed yesterday & I though that she had soap in her eye but today it's still tender and she doesn't want to open it. Upon opening it it looks red.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bailey. She's 8 yrs old.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bailey?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is it one or both eyes?

2- When you say it is matted, do you mean full of hair?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I replied & am waiting for an answer. As I said Bailey is 8 yr old & it is only affecting her Rt eye.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

I am sorry, I did not get your reply. Can you tell me is the eye matted full of hair?

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

I am waiting on your reply.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I can't say it's actually matted with hair but it seems to be inflamed & red. She is opening it a little bit this morning but I'm wondering what has made it so it irritated. And if there is anything I could put in it without making it worse.
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.

Friend, it sounds like she is squinting the eye; when this happens it is sign of discomfort within the eye. There are many possible causes; common causes are: Corneal ulcers, infections, a foreign body, insect sting, etc. to name a few causes. She will need to be seen by family veterinarian for a hands on examination. In the meantime this is what you can do:

1- Do not let her rub or scratch the eye; if she does pick up an ecollar (cone) in your local pet store to prevent her from scratching.

2- Pick up in your local pharmacy over the counter eyewash; irrigate the eye 3-4 times a day.

3- Do Not give over the counter pain killers, most are toxic to dogs and may interfere with certain medications your vet may need to use.

4- Follow up with family veterinarian.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 10 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter