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My dog recently started having some whitish green tinged goopy secretions from both of her eyes. Her eyes don't seem to be bothering her. Is this an infection? Does she need medicated eye drops?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
She is also sneezing a lot too.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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To answer you directly, perhaps. The colored discharge indicates a cellular immune response but not the etiology of the discharge. It can arise from an allergic conjunctivitis or upper respiratory infection - both can also cause sneezing - and it can arise from primary infection in the lacrimal (tear) apparatus (dacryocystitis) and keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"/a lack of tear production). We also consider anatomical disorders such as eyelids that have rolled into the cornea and have irritated it.
If this is acute onset, I would consider upper respiratory infection as the most likely etiology. If that's the case, it's likely to remiss unaided within 7-14 days and so keeping the eyes cleansed of discharge with water or artificial tears may suffice. Blepherospasm (squinting) would indicate pain and dictate having Milkshake's eyes checked sooner than later. Otherwise, cleaning and "watchful waiting" is OK.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Milkshake. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Thanks so much, the discharge is still there but I think it's improving. she does not appear to have any pain. She's still sneezing but is it possible for a dog to have seasonal allergies? That's honestly weekday I would have thought it was. Thanks again.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
Yes, as mentioned above an allergic conjunctivitis is quite common. You might see how an over the counter antihistamine eye drop such as one containing ketotifen* affects Milkshake. An adult human dose is OK. Let me know how it works, please.
* http://www.zaditor.com/
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