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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My dogs eye is suddenly swollen. Not red, just swollen. I

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My dogs eye white is suddenly swollen. Not red, just swollen. I showered him about an hour before that with his usual doggy shampoo and conditioner, I dont know if this has anything to do with it. What should I do?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you! Attached is picture of his eye
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

You're describing chemosis - edema of the sclera. This occurs secondary to allergic or irritant insult such as when shampoo or conditioner finds it way into the eye. You need only thoroughly wash out his eye with water, saline, or artifical tears. The eye should normalize within a few hours. Watch for blepherospasm (squinting) which would indicate corneal irritation which a vet should take a look at. There may be an abrasion or even ulcer that has developed and requiring treatment.

Now that's a face! Thank you for the good photo! Yep...chemosis.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Huh, great thank you Dr. Salkin!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I rinsed his eye with water and camomille tea and this morning swelling was gone. Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 10 months ago.

Yay! Thank you for the good update.