I am so sorry no one has assisted you yet today. My concern is that the eyes are not the primary issue with the buildup but there is something else causing the lethargy and potentially dehydration leading to the increased discharge in the eyes.
I can give you some basic guidelines for the eyes but if this persists please consider a veterinary exam. Especially if you are able to view the cornea and it is hazy/ blue or the eye seems swollen.
- Saline flush for contact lenses every 8-12 hours to flush the eye. Not solution but flush
- No rubbing! If there is no corneal ulceration this can create one but if there is one it can definitely exacerbate the tear and increase risk to the eye
- Benadryl 1 mg/ pound to help relieve the itch and allow your pet to rest more comfortably but may cause further sedation and only use if she is rubbing her eyes
- A wet towel to wipe the eyes out then a moist towel in the freezer for 30 minutes then applied can help numb and provide relief on an as needed basis
If flushing has not improved the eye then I would advise a veterinary exam to ensure there is not a corneal ulcer that requires medical therapy or another condition that is causing the eye to close due to pain along with causing the lethargy.
Indications your dog should be seen by your veterinarian include: sticky gums that are pale, yellow, blue, purple, temperature rectally >103.5, progressive lethargy with less responsiveness to you, vomiting or diarrhea that includes blood, resting respiratory rate (breaths per minute) >60, swollen abdomen.
Please let me know how else I can assist you both today.
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