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Red, watery, crusty eye?

As of yesterday, Zeus's left eye has been extra watery which hardness to a crust around his eye. I'm planning on calling the vet to either get an appointment for today or to go as a walk in, but I wanted to attach some pictures to see what y'all think. Sorry that there not the best, but this boy doesn't like standing still!
(Also, his crate usually has a soft lining on the bottom, but we're getting a new one because of wear an tear (aka "I like to chew on my bed when I'm having a tantrum!)

What do y'all think? Do dogs get allergies? Spring has sprung in Texas, and with the greener grass and everything in bloom, could it be that he has allergies? He's a winter pup so this is the first greenery he's been around, and we're infamous for cedar allergies flaring up in people around here. Not sure if dogs are affected the same.





He usually has eye boogers that we wipe away, but nothing like this.
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Definitely go to your vet to make sure.

Radar's eyes have looked like that most of the winter - Vet seems to think that it is a combination of cold dry winter air and a slight allergy. I usually wait for the eye boogers to come out of the eye (he usually shakes them out while playing with his toys) and wipe them off his face. It doesn't really seem to bug him, and the vet just told me to keep an eye on it to see if there is an increase in severity or color change of the eye boogers (they are usually greyish/white, but when dry they look more yellow)

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I agree with Rad - Think I would run him to the Vet - Probably give you some kind of eye drops for it - My guess that since you live in TX and it's getting spring time - it's a allergy of some sort's .

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Yup, so I took him to the vet as a walk in and she said that he has pink eye! She gave me something to put in his eyes for the next seven days (yay me.. They're not eye drops. They're strips that have ointment on it, I guess. I don't have it on my right now else I'd tell you what it is!) She also said that if it's reoccurring, I can give him Benadryl for allergies.
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Just curious.....Pink eye (inflammation of the conjunctiva) in people can be caused by bacteria or viruses (though some cases have allergic causes) and is highly contagious. Did she say that Zeus could be contagious to people??
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Good question Mel - We use to get pink eye in the cattle in the summer time - we got it from our neighbor that had Hereford cattle = white face - The Herefords would get runny eyes and then the fly's would get on them - then carry it over to ours - use to have spray some pink colored medicine in there eye's - Vet told to make sure we had to clean our hands very good so we didn't get it .

I'm no vet ! But was surprised that is what he had .

Have fun with them strips
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@melbrod , I did ask, and she said that it is not contagious to people, thank goodness!
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Well... Personally, I have always been told that conjunctivitis can be highly contagious among mammals. When my son got it upon occasion, other than just treating him, our pediatrician gave us strict advice to not let it spread to us or others.

Over the years, I have had several dogs the have had conjunctivitis The vet always made a point of bring up the contagious nature, if the infection is bacterial.

"Pink eye" is a generic term.Generally in dogs (and humans) there are two kinds. Viral and bacterial. Here is a link to an OK article on the subject.

https://www.care.com/c/stories/6470/...gs-contagious/

Look at your prescription. If it contains an antibiotic, your dog was probably diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, which can be highly contagious to both pet and humans.

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A lot of the time, dogs can get conjunctivitis from getting stuff like dirt in an eye, causing inflammation--often only in one eye.

And of course, allergies are not infectious. Viruses are often species specific, again not infectious to people they think, (but can be to other dogs.) A bacterial infection could be infectious to people.

Maybe the fact that the irritation is only occurring in one eye, the vet thinks he just got something in his eye?????

But a vet may give antibiotics in any of these cases to keep his already irritated eye from getting worse.


My son has had recurring iritis, an inflammation of the area between the iris (the colored part of the eye) and the tissue behind it which holds the lens in place (sorta), but in only one eye. It is not very common but it is VERY painful. He was initially treated with antibiotics, and ended up in the emergency room one night. They took a look and referred him to an opthamologist first thing in the morning. That doctor said antibiotics would do nothing for this kind of inflammation. Scary.

But he had no discharge, just a red eye, blurred vision and pain. Your guy's symptoms don't really match that problem at all.

It was just a doctor who didn't pay attention to the difference in the specific symptoms my son had and diagnosed pink eye.

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Well... Personally, I have always been told that conjunctivitis can be highly contagious among mammals. When my son got it upon occasion, other than just treating him, our pediatrician gave us strict advice to not let it spread to us or others.

Over the years, I have had several dogs the have had conjunctivitis The vet always made a point of bring up the contagious nature, if the infection is bacterial.

"Pink eye" is a generic term.Generally in dogs (and humans) there are two kinds. Viral and bacterial. Here is a link to an OK article on the subject.

https://www.care.com/c/stories/6470/...gs-contagious/

Look at your prescription. If it contains an antibiotic, your dog was probably diagnosed with bacterial conjunctivitis, which can be highly contagious to both pet and humans.

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This is what I've been told IF it's conjunctivitis.

About allergies--you can usually rule out allergies if the infection is confined to one eye--and the most common cause of a runny discharge in one eye only is an irritant (dirt, sand, weed seed in or under the conjunctiva.

Anything related to the eye--that's a vet visit ASAP as far as I'm concerned (well, except for the eye goobers that often show up after a Dobe had been sleeping--but those are either clear or greyish and are easily wiped out of the corner of the eye)
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They put a dye in his eye to see if he had a scratch on it, and nothing came up, thank goodness! The prescription is an ointment in a tube actually, and it's called Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic ointment.
What a mouthful!
The description says it's a "multiple dose anti-infective steroid combination in sterile ointment form for topical application". After looking it up, it's used to treat bacterial infections.

I'm supposed to apply a small strip to right eye every 8 hours for 7 days. ... any thoughts on how to do this safely? I hate messing with eyes, especially with a pup as wiggly as he is. And I will be careful to wash my hands after handling his face. Lord knows I don't need pink eye!
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They put a dye in his eye to see if he had a scratch on it, and nothing came up, thank goodness! The prescription is an ointment in a tube actually, and it's called Neomycin and Polymyxin B sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic ointment.
What a mouthful!
The description says it's a "multiple dose anti-infective steroid combination in sterile ointment form for topical application". After looking it up, it's used to treat bacterial infections.

I'm supposed to apply a small strip to right eye every 8 hours for 7 days. ... any thoughts on how to do this safely? I hate messing with eyes, especially with a pup as wiggly as he is. And I will be careful to wash my hands after handling his face. Lord knows I don't need pink eye!
I've used that ointment many times over the years. It is a classic, stand by optic all purpose antibiotic ointment. If your pup has a simple bacterial infection, this treatment will start to work almost immediately. Make sure you follow the prescription intstructions and keep up the applications as recommended.

BTW... I have never had a dog that minded having a bit of this applied to their eyes.

Personally, I would not worry. Just make sure, like all possibly "uncomfortable" situations that your pup may have to endure, that you are calm and supportive. Reward him well for behaving. You do that, and chances are when you bring out the "meds", he will probably run right over, nubby wagging and waiting for his praise and treat!

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That medication contains two antibiotics and a steroid to soothe inflammation. I'm glad they looked for eye scratches...I had one with a scratched/torn cornea (Capri--she galloped through bushes with wild abandon). Her eye looked so strange...I guess the iris had contracted so much that it didn't even look like she had a pupil in that eye. They stitched her eye shut to protect her eyeball while it healed.

You don't mess around trying to treat any eye injury at home....it calls for an immediate vet visit.
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