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My Dogs eye is cloudy and red what do I do

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I noticed a few weeks ago my dog's her left eye getting like a blue and now it is quite blue and the liner gets to almost covering it sometimes and it is quite red...I have had a dog with cataracts but I don't know what to do..
take her in and get medicine for it? I notice it more read and tearing when she comes in from being outside when it is sunny. Also what is the best shampoo to use for the dogs..she is itching quite a bit too... Any information will be most appreciated as am concerned for her. Thank you very much.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
Hi Connie,

Your dog may have glaucoma or Anterior Uveitis or a corneal ulcer or cataracts. Symptoms of Glaucoma include conjucntivits (red eye), discharge from the eye, light sensativity, possible swollen eye. As the condition worsens and pressure increases, the pupil can dilate and the cornea becomes cloudy. It is important to diagnose this early to save the dog’s sight in the eye. Depending upon the underlying cause for the Glaucoma, the other eye could also be at danger as well. Treatment depends upon identifying the underlying cause for the increased pressure in the eye. You can read more about this here;

Symptoms of Anterior Uveitis are similar and include redness, tearing, squinting in bright light, small or uneven pupil, cloudy appearance to the eye and a unevenly colored iris. Treatment for this condition may be topical or oral medication depending on the cause. You can read more about this here:

A corneal ulcer may also be to blame and may be caused by injury, eyelashes scratching the eye and has similar symptoms to those of glaucoma and anterior uveitis. The third eyelid frequently covers the eye so sometimes the eye is not able to be seen. You can read about this here:

You can read up on Cataracts here:

The following site goes over reasons for cloudiness of the eye.

As you have seen, this could be an emergency situation depending on the severity of the condition. However, some cloudiness as a dog ages is normal and called nuclear sclerosis. I would have my dog seen as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the eye.

The itchy skin could be a few different things. First thing is to definitely rule out fleas. If your dog is on advantage or frontline, you can skip this step. If they are not, you should at least explore the possibility of fleas by examining your dog’s skin especially around the rump area under a bright light. Fleas are fast and are a reddish brown color so you have to look closely. Frequently you will only see flea dirt (feces). If you find fleas dirt or what you think is flea dirt, get a moist white paper towel and rub it on the area. If it turns reddish color then it most likely your dog has fleas. A flea comb or lice comb run through the area may capture a live flea as well.    

If fleas are ruled out, it may be dry skin. If you believe this may be the cause, I think your best bet would be to supplement your dog's diet with Omega n3 fatty acids. You can do this using fish oil capsules.

Then there might be a skin condition such as staph dermatitis or yeast dermatitis. These skin conditions are generally seen with allergies. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet. Benadryl can be given to your dog, the dose is up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours for itching due to allergies.

You can read about allergies here:

Here is a site that goes over itching in dogs.

Hope these suggestions help.
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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Jane Lefler's Post: I want to Thank You for your quick answer for me. I am going to take her in and have it looked at then. I probably should have done this right away and well..I just feel bad and hope that it, I don't know what I'm trying to say here. Except to Thank you very much..I love her dearly and my other guy so.. your information is very valuable to me. I really appreciate it. Thank you again very much. One more thing..should I be really alarmed? I get really scared when things like this go on..I am just very attached..obviously..
I just need to take her in and that's the main thing. Sorry for going on and on here..thanks again.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.

It may just be a scratch and if so, hopefully the damage can be reversed with no permanent damage. It does sound like this might be what has happened. Have her seen so you can stop worrying. Your worry can be transmitted to the dogs causing them to exhibit anxiety as well.