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My dog's eyeball is swollen and red. Should he go to emergency vet tonight or is tomorrow ok? He's a German Shepherd mix. My last dog was a Siberian and needed eye removed due to glaucoma so I am concerned.I have a photo
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Unfortunately the picture is quite blurry. I can see a pink area in the inner corner of his eye. It's hard to know if that is his third eyelid or the gland within his third eyelid being swollen and inflamed, or if there is a red/pink area within the anterior chamber of his eye.

But if his eye itself is red, visibly swollen and more prominent/larger than his other eye then an emergency visit is indicated.

As you know from your previous dog glaucoma is painful and the increased pressure can lead to permanent damage and blindness if not addressed promptly.

Other possibilities for the eye itself being red include uveitis (inflammation in the eye) or bleeding in his eye, and these should be addressed promptly as well.

If the redness/swelling is of the third eyelid you can try flushing his eye with sterile saline and then applying artificial tears several times (every 2-3 hours when he is awake) until you have him seen by his veterinarian tomorrow.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Kara, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****

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