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Dog has discharge from eyes, jeanie ,4 years, no, took her

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dog has green discharge from eyes
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: jeanie ,4 years
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about jeanie?
Customer: no, took her to the vet. , said it may be allergies, been giving claritin, hasn't helped
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Jeanie. When both eyes are discharging, an allergic conjunctivitis does become an important differential diagnosis. Rather than a systemic antihistamine, however, treatment with a topical ophthalmic antihistamine or, preferably, a glucocorticosteroid-containing product such as one containing prednisolone or dexamethasone should be more effective. The steroid-containing products are prescriptions. An over the counter ophthalmic antihistamine containing ketotifen (Zaditor) is available in your local pharmacy.

Primary infections in the eyes are uncommon...particularly in both eyes concomitantly. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Been using drops too
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

Thank you. Those drops contain both antibiotics and dexamethasone. An allergic conjunctivitis should be responding nicely to them. If not, her corneas need to stained with fluoroscein to see if they're intact, tear production needs to be checked by Schirmer tear testing (a one minute exam room test) and/or Jeanie's tear ducts need to be checked for patency and her lacrimal apparatus may need to be flushed with an antimicrobial solution. Her eyelids needs to be checked for entropion - rolling in of the lids on to the corneas - and for misplaced or redundant eyelashes. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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