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Old 05-10-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Default Something's wrong with Bella's eye..[Kinda graphic pics]

This morning when I woke up I noticed Bella wasn't really opening her left eye that much, she was squinting a lot with it. I just got home from work and now it's swollen and has icky stuff coming out of it. She's acting normal, but I don't know if she has an infection or not, or if something could've gotten into it. If it doesn't improve by Monday I'm going to take her to the vet, but do you guys think that'll be too long to wait? I don't want to take her to the emergency vet if it's not severe. I posted some pics so you guys see what I'm talking about.

Here's a good comparison of her eyes
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It's kinda blurry but you can see how it's swelling, I really didn't know it was swollen until I took a better look at it.
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:58 PM   #2
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i know Suzy's dog got pink eye. Could it be that? hopefully she will see this and post if it looked similar. I'd at least call the E vet.. you don't want to take a chance with eyes!
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omg, did she get a bite of some kind.. looks aweful.. poor baby...anne
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i know Suzy's dog got pink eye. Could it be that? hopefully she will see this and post if it looked similar. I'd at least call the E vet.. you don't want to take a chance with eyes!
I could call the emergency vet, but last time I called them they said they won't give any advice over the phone, you HAVE to bring them in for an appointment. They won't even give me suggestions as to what could be wrong.
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That looks EXACTLY like what Sugar just had except his eyelid was a little red too. The vet said it was conjunctivitis and gave me antibiotic salve to use twice a day. It cleared it right up.
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That looks EXACTLY like what Sugar just had except his eyelid was a little red too. The vet said it was conjunctivitis and gave me antibiotic salve to use twice a day. It cleared it right up.
Thank you! Do you know if this can get really bad? I pray that she just has something minor, and medicine will do the trick. Do you think I'd be able to wait until monday? I mean of course if it gets really bad I will take her to the ER vet, but ugh it just sucks not knowing with them what's going to happen. If it was me I know I'd just wait.
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Thank you! Do you know if this can get really bad? I pray that she just has something minor, and medicine will do the trick. Do you think I'd be able to wait until monday? I mean of course if it gets really bad I will take her to the ER vet, but ugh it just sucks not knowing with them what's going to happen. If it was me I know I'd just wait.
Well don't take my word as the word of an expert but if she isn't in any pain (which Sugar never was), I would wait until Monday. Sugar's came on slowly over about a week. At first just that weird thick white goo every now and then and then I started noticing a little tiny bit of swelling. We were out of town at my grandmother's house for Easter when the swelling got really obvious so it was a few days until he saw the vet and he was perfectly fine. I know it is so stressful when something is wrong with them. Hugs!
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Well don't take my word as the word of an expert but if she isn't in any pain (which Sugar never was), I would wait until Monday. Sugar's came on slowly over about a week. At first just that weird thick white goo every now and then and then I started noticing a little tiny bit of swelling. We were out of town at my grandmother's house for Easter when the swelling got really obvious so it was a few days until he saw the vet and he was perfectly fine. I know it is so stressful when something is wrong with them. Hugs!
Thanks for the input! It's o.k, if I wait and it ended up bad I wouldn't hold you responsible! She's still acting fine,the nasty stuff isn't as bad as when I came home...maybe it'll even clear up and I won't have to take her!
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I would probably take her in it looks sore, hopefully it will only be an er visit and some meds.
Maybe there is something in it or she scratched her cornea. Hope it clears up soon.
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Thanks for the input! It's o.k, if I wait and it ended up bad I wouldn't hold you responsible! She's still acting fine,the nasty stuff isn't as bad as when I came home...maybe it'll even clear up and I won't have to take her!
LOL, thanks. I know you wouldn't hold me responsible I just feel so unqualified to give advise. Hope y'all are doing well tonight!
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Thanks for the input guys! Just an update, it has cleared up A LOT!!! I'm still going to watch it and do plan on taking her to the vet monday cuz sometimes infections might look like they are cleared up, but w/o antibiotics you never know, and I don't want it to come back, especially if it's on a weekend when I can't get her in, or if it's during a time when I have school/work and might have trouble getting out of it. My mom advised me to put a warm washcloth on it, so I tried doing that a couple times, Bella would only sit still with it for a few minutes though. It has stopped oozing though, now it's just swollen still. She's not holding it closed like she was earlier though.
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Is your vet open today? I'd get her in ASAP. This could be debris implanted in the eye or a corneal scratch - which is extremely painful. Normal eye infections involve some redness, goopiness, discharge, even some smelliness. BUT, when a dog is trying to keep it's eye closed due to discomfort - I'd err on the side of getting her in ASAP - bc not only could you be risking terrible damage - but eye pain can be excruciating. Hopefully, it's nothing - but normally (normally), dogs don't squint or try to keep their eyes closed with just a bacterial infection.

I've personally had a corneal scratch and it is nearly unbearable, without medication.
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Is your vet open today? I'd get her in ASAP. This could be debris implanted in the eye or a corneal scratch - which is extremely painful. Normal eye infections involve some redness, goopiness, discharge, even some smelliness. BUT, when a dog is trying to keep it's eye closed due to discomfort - I'd err on the side of getting her in ASAP - bc not only could you be risking terrible damage - but eye pain can be excruciating. Hopefully, it's nothing - but normally (normally), dogs don't squint or try to keep their eyes closed with just a bacterial infection.

I've personally had a corneal scratch and it is nearly unbearable, without medication.
Thanks for the info! Today she's doing A LOT better, her eye looks back to normal. I think I'm still going to take her in tomarrow just to check up, she doesn't act like she's in pain, and isn't tryig to keep it closed any more. I figured it was an infection, but from your post you probably are right and it could be a scratch or something.
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I am going to post to "keep it fresh" so someone with better advise may see...
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This is the weirdest thing ever. This morning Sugar woke up and wouldn't open his left eye all of the way. Last time it was the right although I treated both. He's been fine since shortly after Easter and this thread is posted last night and I wake up to eye problems. I still have some antibiotic salve so I started that and he's already looking better. I'm going to call the vet tomorrow. Isn't that crazy?

To top it off Spike has a dental appointment in the morning and started having loose stools yesterday. I have no idea why but I'm doubting he'll be able to make his dental. He acts fine energy and appetite wise and nothing in his diet has changed so I'm clueless. I'll have a lot to talk about with the vet I guess.
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