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Looks like allergy related discharge from eyes...otherwise

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looks like allergy related discharge from eyes...otherwise doing well
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Maggie...2 yr Shepherd...
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Maggie?
Customer: no...all else is totally normal...i just don't want to spend $100.00 to get eye drops from vet....want to know if there is an alternative
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. In order to give an informative and concise answer, it may take a few minutes before I respond back to you, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear back immediately if you have responded back to me within 10 minutes of my response. I do have a couple more questions, though, to see if I can better assess your situation.

What does the discharge look like?

How much discharge is it?

Any sneezing or coughing?

Any redness or swelling associated with the eyes?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Color is yellowish... Not much redness... No swelling... Develops when wiped away mainly just in inner corners... No sneezing/coughing.... We live on coast of CA ... Windy often...
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Thanks for the information. The safest thing to try is an artificial tears or eye lubricating ointment. If it is just allergy related, the eyes tend to dry out. Keeping them lubricated can help. If the symptoms continue, though, I would have your vet check it out. There could be a mild infectious conjunctivitis or just a severe enough allergy that she may need a topical ophthalmic steroid ointment to control it. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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