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I have a question for a veterinarian about my dog. It's a pet Chihuahua and we recently noticed that she has a blue film over her eyes and her eyes are red and teary at times. She is approximately five years old and doesn't seem to have any vision problems. What could this be caused by and should I be concerned about it?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Chihuahua. The "blue film" you're seeing indicates corneal (the clear window of the eye) inflammation. That inflammation can be due to primary corneal diseases, a lack of tear production (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), trauma to the cornea due to misshapen eyelids or misplaced eyelashes, and from intraocular diseases such as uveitis (inflammation of the iris and its attachments) and glaucoma.

You're seeing a danger sign which needs to be attended to by her vet. Her cornea will be stained with fluoroscein and checked for injury under a UV light, her tear production will be checked by Schirmer tear testing, and her intraocular eye pressure will be assessed. A complete ophthalmic exam using an ophthalmoscope is also essential. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Ok thanks
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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