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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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Today when my dog woke up he was squinting, kinda blinking

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Hi. Today when my dog woke up he was squinting, kinda blinking and winking. But just in 1 eye. There was a little mucus. He allowed me to clean it, he didn't seem irradiated at all, but im a little concerned. I can see something cloudy in it but when i clean it it doesn't come out. HELP. BTW he is a 9 year old palm
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
This could be several things. It could be an eye infection or glaucoma or Anterior Uveitis or a corneal ulcer or cataracts. Often the symptoms are very similar to each other.
Symptoms of Glaucoma include conjunctivitis (red eye), discharge from the eye, light sensitivity, possible swollen eye. As the condition worsens and pressure increases, the pupil can dilate and the cornea becomes cloudy. It is important to diagnose this early to save the dog’s sight in the eye. Depending upon the underlying cause for the Glaucoma, the other eye could also be at danger as well. Treatment depends upon identifying the underlying cause for the increased pressure in the eye. You can read more about this here;
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/glaucoma-in-dogs/page1.aspx
Symptoms of Anterior Uveitis are similar and include redness, tearing, squinting in bright light, small or uneven pupil, cloudy appearance to the eye and a unevenly colored iris. Treatment for this condition may be topical or oral medication depending on the cause. You can read more about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/anterior-uveitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx
A corneal ulcer may also be to blame and may be caused by injury, eyelashes scratching the eye and has similar symptoms to those of glaucoma and anterior uveitis. The third eyelid frequently covers the eye so sometimes the eye is not able to be seen. This is a very likely cause. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/corneal-ulceration-in-dogs/page1.aspx
You can read up on Cataracts here:
http://www.upei.ca/cidd/Diseases/ocular%20disorders/cataracts.htm
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/cataracts-in-dogs/page1.aspx
The following site goes over reasons for cloudiness of the eye.
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/cloudy-eye-in-dogs/page1.aspx
As you have seen, this could be an emergency situation depending on the severity of the condition. However, some cloudiness as a dog ages is normal and called nuclear sclerosis. Cholesterol or triglyceride deposits can also cause cloudiness as well. So the little cloudiness could be normal for his age. You can't take the chance though, and he needs to have the eye checked for scratches, etc. He can then prescribe necessary medication.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
So you suggestions is of its not better by tomorrow, go to the vet
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
JaCustomer,
I have to recommend that as some cloudiness of the eye is serious and can result in loss of sight if not addressed promptly. It might be as simple as some antibiotic drops or something a little more. We never take chances when it comes to conditions of the eye especially with cloudiness.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
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Jane Lefler