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Experience:  UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
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My 10 month old Spriger Spaniel woke up this morning and can

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Hi, my 10 month old Spriger Spaniel woke up this morning and can barley open his eyes . I wiped them with a warm wash cloth and also a cold one. It seem to help, but I notice his gums look a little pale. Other then not resting well last night he is acting pretty normal.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the spaniel's name?
Customer: Leo
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Leo?
Customer: He was limping on his left foot yesterday but seems maybe he brushed his paw. He's a very acted guy and doesn't really seem to be feeling to bad. However he is acting like he can't open his eyes well.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes, I didn't really see anything
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 11 months ago.


By far, I am most concerned about the pale gum color. That can suggest a circulatory problem (low blood pressure) or being anemic (low blood count). For that symptom alone, I strongly encourage a vet visit, even a ER trip, today!

But, there is also the eye issue. A acute onset of eyes being closed could be due to a recent injury, like the eyes being scratched causing corneal ulceration. That also means a risk for getting infected, if not already infected. So, that's vote number two for going to a vet today for evalation.

I'm not sure about the limp on the leg, other than a possible soft tissue trauma that could have occurred. He is a young playful dog, so just about anything could have occurred. But, if no longer limping, that goes to the bottom of our concern list.

Sorry. Declined the Live phone call. Vets are really prohibited from doing phone calls by the veterinary medical board, but easy enough for me to type out answer.

Hope that information helps

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 11 months ago.

Hope all is going okay?

Dr. Andy

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 11 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Andy