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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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Goopy Eyes on a St Bernard. Was told that it was normal,

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Goopy Eyes on a St Bernard. Was told that it was normal
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Female 4 yrs old her name is "Pickles"
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about And?
Customer: No she is neutered up-to-date on all her shots and seems to be healthy. we just got her
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

I would not say any ocular discharge is normal. It is more commonly seen in dogs with entropion where the eyelids turn in. St Bernard's are a breed where this is common. That leads to rubbing on the cornea and tearing/ discharge is the result.

If this is the cause, then the eyelid should be surgically corrected so that it doesn't turn into the eye. This will resolve any irritation and excessive discharge. Most regular vets will do this surgery, but many will go see an ophthalmologist to give the best chance of a successful surgery on the first attempt.

Here is a nice handout on the condition:

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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