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I'm sorry for the delay. It just came up in the area I am allowed to respond in. It sounds like you are describing the third eyelid coming up to protect the eye. This is the way a dog's eye protects itself and helps aid in the healing process. Often this third eyelid comes up when the dog has a scratch or ulceration on the eye itself. This can happen from a foreign object entering the eye such as a piece of grass, branch that hits the eye or even from the dog scratching at the eye. Eyelashes that are not growing in right can also lead to scratches on the eye and lead to the third eyelid coming up.
You can flush your dog's eye with sterile saline solution like contact lens wearer’s use. This may help dislodge any foreign object if one is still in the eye. Your vet will likely stain the eye to look for ulcerations. Frequently an antibiotic eye drop is given for this condition. Sometimes Terramycin Ophthalmic Ointment is used for these types of problems. This is often available at feed supply stores.
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