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Our dog snuffles is 15 years old he has cateracks this morning

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Our dog snuffles is 15 years old he has cateracks this morning he has a yellow substance coming out of his eye,we have cleaned it with warm water but he seems disoriantated and not himself , is there anything else we can do
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and specialist and will do my best to assist you today!

I am sorry that Snuffles is not feeling well.

A dog with a cataract normally has an eye that has some white in then middle, but all else is normal.

Is Snuffles eye red or painful?

Does he squint that eye?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes his eye is painful when we cleaned it he yelped and pulled his head away it is a bit red also it looks like more gunk is coming out a bit like conjunctivitus,he is resting now ,i have some optric cleaning fluid would this be ok to use to clean his eye

Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for your reply!

I worry here there is more than a cataract.

A cataract is typically 100% non painful - and the eye is red, without discharge.

Based on your history, one possible cause is a conjunctivitis (LINK HERE).

Other causes we can not rule out with history alone:
- Corneal ulceration (scratch to the cornea, trauma to the eye)
- Glaucoma
- Uveitis

Common options for care include:

- Warm compress the eye with a clean, damp, warm cloth. This will help with inflammation in the area.

- The second option is to try to flush the eye with a sterile saline solution. I am referring to a normal, over the counter saline solution commonly found in the same aisle of the grocery stor or drugstore as contact solution. (EXAMPLE HERE).

- With that said - if the signs do continue, testing to see if there are other causes such as an infection or ulcer and considering topical antibiotics. A common example is NeoPolyGram (EXAMPLE HERE)

Hope that helps and answers all your questions!

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