Red eye with discharge

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  1. Kim M

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    Reno has a whitish discharge in his eyes here or there (like eye buggers.. I that term but can't think of how else to say it). Today his left eye is pretty red though and has more of a greenish discharge. Does anyone have any ideas what it could be or what I could do until I can see a vet? Has anyone had a dog with this issue before?
     
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    Just wipe it out with a tissue for now... the stuff that is external. But do get him to a vet asap. It sounds like conjunctivitis. (an eye infection which will not go away by itself. He'll need an antibiotic eye ointment that the vet will prescribe, I expect)
     
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    I did some research on here and one lady said she went to the vet and he told her it was an allergy and gave her nothing. The discharge isn't coming out that often and when it does it is just like a dot in the corner. I wish the vet was opened now so I could call them!
     
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    It might be an allergy, although the green you describe makes me think infection. Allergies usually produce clear or maybe a little whitish. At any rate, yeah....it wouldn't be something to leave to chance. Hopefully, the vet will get you in tomorrow.
     
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    Could be pink eye ;) Let us know how the vet visit goes! I hope its nothing serious :)
     
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    My dogs had pink eye this year....and I know a couple of others that had it as well.....from what I understand pink eye will clear up on its own, drops just speed up the process and lesson irritation.
     
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    Wouldn't you know it.... I called the vet after posting the post above at 8:05... they closed at 8!!! UGH

    I did have a few people tell me it will most likely clear up on it's own but I would at least like to talk to the vet office to make sure.
     
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    Pink eye IS conjuntivitis. (Inflamation of the conjuntiva of the eye...by various causes) My bad. It will go away by itself eventually. But I am so paranoid about eyes. What if it's not a virus or bacteria, but a foreign body in the eye? If it were me and it didn't improve a whole lot and fast, I'd be going to the vet. (And I'm not one to rush to the vet for every little thing either.) LOL. Hope everything will be okay soon.

    My little Chi had something like that when she was a pup and I remember having to spread an ophthalmic ointment across the inner lid of her eye. It cleared up quickly. But what a pain to put in her eye.
     
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    Mary has very red eyes when her allergies are kicking up. The humane society vet said it was the mole on her eyelid returned and now she really was too old to operate on so he said i would have to put her down. I had gone through 3 bottles of the regular eyedrops...the antibiotic ones. Zoom got me a probono appointment with the vet I have now. He took one look at her and said oh no..it's allergies. The steroid drops are the only ones that make a difference and they clear it up immediantly. Sometimes with just one treatment. SHe has matter too when they were bad.

    I always check the lower lid to see if there are grass seeds in it..especially this time of year. Daddy Bin once had a very short piece of grass down in his when the neighbor was weed eating and he got to close.

    Mary's mole on her eyelid caused her great misery. THere was one where you could see it..but there were two down inside where you couldn't. It scratched the surface of her eye. THen after they removed it..the scar tissue did the same thing but it eventually softened up. For awhile we were afraid the eye would have to be removed. I am glad it didn't...she has such pretty eyes.
     
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    i would see a vet asap. a single eye red makes me think scratched cornea and those can get ugly quickly if not treated.
     
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    I would also get into the vet also. We hardly go to the vet for anything, but with such a sensitive area as the eye, why risk it?
     
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    Green to me screams infection . Please vet
     
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    I just flushed Mary's eyes out which i do with saline solution during the times her allergies seem to be the most prevelant. IT does seem to make a difference. It certainly cannot hurt. Whole lot cheaper then to wait for them to become inflamed and have a vet trip. I do this twice a day using bausch and lomb advanced eye relief eye wash. WHen we were battling the mole and the resulting scar tissue i used the gel to give her some kind of buffer. WE have had lots of eye care experience my mary and me.:(
     
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    I, too, would have him seen. Green discharge is usually something icky. My late Legend had an eye ulcer from a scratch and it took ages (and two surgeries) to clear up. I was worried for a bit that he'd lose his eye. We actually didn't put off having him looked at, but I'm even more cautious with all eye issues now.
     
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    It isn't a scratched cornea, there is a discharge. I know all about those type of things, my daughter had something that an ulcer this past Feb. and it was BAD! For a while we were not sure if she would ever be able to see again or wear contacts again. We had to put drops in her eyes every half hour around the clock for like 3 days, then drops every hour, then 4x a day, etc. Man that was rough. She laid down in our basement (darkest place) for three days in mass pain and it took another 3 or 4 before she felt like doing things. It was scary and sad. Now she is fine and last month she was able to get daily wears.

    I called the vet's office today and also talked to my doctor (I had an appt this am). He studies up on dogs health too. They both said it sounds like allergies even with a green discharge esp since it is better this morning and there is not much discharge at all. He doesn't mind me touching it, he doesn't have a fever and he is acting normal.

    I still made an appt for Monday at 1pm (earliest they had) just in case. If it is even better before then I will cancel it. They said to put a warm compress on it for now and I also did that last night. This morning it already looked better and it looks even better now. Thanks for all the advice!!! If it is not any better I will let you know what the vet says on Monday.
     

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