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My 12 yr. old bichon mix has suddenly developed a right eye

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My 12 yr. old bichon mix has suddenly developed a right eye problem which it stares off in another direction. It runs at times, and the eye socket now seems larger than her left eye.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Pip. You've described a strabismus - a deviation of her eye which can be accompanied by exophthalmos - protruding from the orbit ("eye now seems larger..."). Pip's vet will want to carefully examine that eye or may recommend that Pip see a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist (please see here: www.acvo.org) who is better equipped to perform such an examination. Strabismus is typically caused by restriction of extraocular muscle mobility as might be caused by neoplasia (cancer) or infection (retrobulbar cellulitis, abscess) in the eye orbit.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.
Hi Mary Pat,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin