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My dogs eyes are very red and swollen, she was fine

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My dogs eyes are...

My dogs eyes are very red and swollen, she was fine yesterday when I left for work and now she can hardly open her eyes

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Lilly and she’s 2

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lilly?

No ma’am

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog
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Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hello. My name is***** and I am a veterinarian that has been assigned to your question. I understand Lilly's eyes are red and swollen. I am sorry to hear about that. This can be caused by a few different reasons. The most common is allergies. There is treatment for that. Does Lilly appear painful if you press on the eyes? This is called retropulsion and is a subjective test for glaucoma.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
she squealed whenever I tried to look at them
Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

This picture gives you an idea of what retropulsion looks like: http://www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/article_images/2016/04/ASK_Diagnosing-Canine-Exophthalmos_Fig2.png

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
They’re more of a bloodshot and watery, with like a mucks discharge coming out
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Also the tear duct is red and is kinda pink and puffy around her eye
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I just thought it was weird because her brothers fine and they’re both the same age and eat the same dog food
Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Thank you for that information. Allergic conjunctivitis is a common cause for redness in the eyes and can be safely treated with an over-the-counter antihistamine eye drop used for people. Zaditor is a medication commonly sold at regular human pharmacies. I recommend to consider using that as a medication option and apply 1-2 drops in both eyes every 12 hours. If it is an allergy then you should see an improvement within 24 hours. If the redness continues then you will want to have the eyes tested by a veterinarian. Using an antihistamine eye drop will not be harmful if it is caused by something like glaucoma.

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Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen ( rating me now does not close your question). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know. Thank you!

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Dog Specialist: Scott Perry, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Do you have any other questions about Lilly? I am still standing by.

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