I have a dog who is 13-1/2 years old. His third eyelid is showing. I took him to his vet who checked him for corneal scratches and glaucoma. He appeared fine. The vet prescribed eye drops which I administered 3 times a day for a week. He isn't much better. The vet said if the drops didn't help to bring him back. It's possible that he has a tooth abcess. We examined his teeth and doesn't appear to be bothered by them. He is not food motivated but has been eating normally. The vet said we would have to sedate him during his next visit and I am wondering if there are any other alternatives?
Type of Animal: german shepard/chow
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: >12
Name of Dog: Thor
How long has Thor been on the eye medications?Is it both eyes, or just one?Has he had anything new in his environment recently?Any possibility of trauma to the eyes?
Have you noticed any excessive drooling or not eating/drinking normally?
I gave him the drops, as directed by the vet, for 7 days. It is just his right eye. There is the slight possibility of trauma to the eye, but again, the vet gave him a thorough exam and didn't detect any problems. There is no change to his appetite or drinking habits. His temperament is normal. Is it possible this is a result of his age?
Thanks for answering my questions.
It is possible that there has been some loss of muscle mass under/around the eye, which causes the third eyelid to be more prominant. This is actually pretty common in older dogs and in the absence of any sort of injury or trauma noted, I'd tend to think that's what is going on with your dog.
That being said, it may not be a bad idea to ask your vet for a referral to a veterinary eye specialist. These are the vets who deal exclusively in problems in/around the eye and may have a better idea of what is causing this problem with the third eyelid (also called the nictating membrane).
It's also possible that the eye drops that they sent out simply weren't enough to get the job done, so you may want to ask the vet if they want to try sending out something different. Unfortunately when it comes to eyes, sometimes you have to try different medications before you find the one to do the trick.
I hope this helps.
AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Hi Sheila,I'm just following up on our conversation about Thor. How is everything going?CVT_in_MN