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PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse
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Experience:  15 yrs experience in vet med, 8 in emergency med. Founder of a non-profit animal rescue
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My dog has cataracts in one eye - she is a escue and I adopted

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My dog has cataracts in one eye - she is a escue and I adopted her this way a year or so ago - i had her checked and am saving money for her surgery. Recently I noticed the same eye very red. On top of that last week we were playing ball and it went right into her bad eye. Last night i noticed the same eye is now enlarged the eyeball is swollen and she is uncomfortable - what could it be???
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Molly is about 5 and a Cocker Spaniel
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Molly?
Customer: She still has a lot of energy and plays normally but I believe she is hiding pain or discomfort on the eye
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will try and help you as best as I can. Please allow a few minutes for me to read your responses and for me to respond back.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok I am very worried
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
What seems to be the problem area? Is the pink part swollen (the conjunctiva)? Is the white part red? Is your dog pawing at the eye?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No pawing - the white part is red - the whole eye ball is swollen
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
I see. This sounds like we have some pretty significant conjunctivitis. This could be related to infection or due to allergies or a physical injury such as a corneal ulcer. Are you able to get to a vet today? One thing you can do first is give benadryl (1mg per pound of body weight every 8 hours) to help. Your vet can stain the eye to look for any ulcers on the eye and check for dry eye. This is most likely not related to a cataract in the eye.
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
Does all of this make sense?Is there anything else I can help you with?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
The swollen eye ball
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
I see. This appears more like possible glaucoma. If you have not already taken your dog to the vet I would as soon as possible to have eye pressures checked. If it is glaucoma, typically topical drops are done to treat this. If there is a mass or abscess behind the eye then surgery would be the next step. Regardless, I highly recommend a vet visit as soon as possible.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Any feedback?
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 10 months ago.
I am going to opt out so another expert can help you further.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.
JACustomer, did you have additional questions regarding the symptoms with your pet's eye?