My dog's eye is red and swollen. There is a mucus layer near the bottom of it. I don't know if I should bring her to the vet (my parents are very frugal). She doesn't seem to bothered by it. Are there any home remedies I could try?
Type of Animal: dog
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: >12
I tried wiping her eye with warm salt water, and tried putting thera tears in it as well.
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Is only 1 eye affected?
Are both pupils the same size?
What color is the eye discharge?
Only one eye is infected... it's red and the discharge is a whitish color
her eye is so swollen that the pupil has gone up towards the eyelid
and is sort of hidden
Based on your history, one possible cause is a conjunctivitis (LINK HERE).Other causes we can not rule out with history alone:- Corneal ulceration (scratch to the cornea, trauma to the eye)- AllergiesOptions for at home care include:- Warm compress the eye with a clean, damp, warm cloth. This will help with inflammation in the area.- The second recommendation is to try to flush the eye with a sterile saline solution. I am referring to a normal, over the counter saline solution commonly found in the same aisle of the grocery story or drugstore as contact solution. (EXAMPLE HERE).- Often in these cases we also consider treatments such as antihistamines - an example being Benadryl (LINK HERE). (when opening the link, close the pop-up to read about the medications listed)If the signs do not improve - testing for other causes such as an infection or ulcer and considering topical antibiotics would be considered. A common example is NeoPolyGram (EXAMPLE HERE)If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask! Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPTFind me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevet You can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”
How long should I expect her eye to be like this for?
Depends on the cause - but it an be several days at least.
Where do I get the neopolygram from?
And should I wait first
And ideally - no - I would not wait.
If there is a scratch or infection in the eye, this should be treated as soon as possible.
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Is the vet going to ask to see her before he/she will prescribe
I'm not done asking questions
Yes - they will need to see her.
They will need to examine the eye!!!
I am more than willing to bring her to the vet
but my parents aren't
that's the sad thing...
Yes - that is unfortunate.
How much do you think the vet will charge
Depends on what they do./
Call them and ask.
A typical exam would be around $30-$50
Eye testing would be around $25-40
Eye medications would be around $30
But call and ask
is there a way to tell if she got scratched?
or i guess a vet would have to examine her
A dye test to the eye - what your vet will o.
Called a fluoroscein stain
An easy and common procedure.
no more q's
You are very welcome!
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