My dog won’t open one of her eyes

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Customer: My dog won’t open one of her eyes
Answered by Rhett Burch in 19 mins 2 weeks ago
Rhett Burch
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Hi in the last 30 minutes my dog has stopped opening one of her eyes! She’s squinting and paws at it every time I try to touch it. There seems to be some sort of film over the inner corner of the eye different from the other.

Hello! I am sorry your pet is having problems. My name is***** I am a licensed veterinarian with Just Answer. Thank you for visiting the site.

Go to a vet tomorrow if you can. If you can't go to the vet, call your local pet store whenever they open and ask if they have any antibiotic eye ointment such asTerramycin (You may be able to order it online if you press the link I attached). Alternatively, your local pet store may have other medicated eye drops.

Apply it to the eye once every 12 hours for 2 weeks. For pain, you can try gently holding a warm compress over the eye for a few minutes. Do not apply much pressure. Put a cone on your pet from your local pet store to keep your pet from scratching the eye. You could also try homeopathic products, something like hemp or cbd oil for cats and dogs. They don’t work in every case though.

That's about all you can do at home. Do you have any questions about what I said?

Also, you can try giving your pet a Dog Aspirin for pain. You can get it from your local pet store. Don't give it longer than 3 days though. Call your local pet store to see if they have some. You can give your dog people aspirin but you need to give it with Pepcid to protect the stomach. Do not give aspirin if your dog has a history of liver or kidney problems or is taking steroids or other NSAIDs from your vet. Aspirin can cause stomach ulcers in a few cases. Usually, if it is given for only a day or two it is fine though. However, don’t give aspirin if you think you are going to a vet soon. Usually we have to wait 5-7 days after a dog has had aspirin to start other superior prescription pain medication for safety reasons. Tylenol and Aleve are not safe for dogs.

You can also try 5mg of human Zyrtec or Claritin once a day for a week. Or try 1mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight once every 12 hours.

Let me know if you need more help. You can still chat with me later by typing here. Thank you for using Just Answer.

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