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Q. My dogs left eye is red and she kind of can't leave it opened. Is there something I can give her?

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. Squinting and closing the eye is an indication of pain and this should be investigated by a vet as soon as possible. Corneal ulcers and glaucoma wold both be possibilities and could threaten vision if left untreated. You can flush the front of the eye with cooled boiled water or saline drops and non-medicated tear replacement gel can provide some temporary relief - do not use medicated eye drops until the eye has been investigated as some products can aggravate ulcers and cause progression of the injury

Answered By
DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

A. It sounds like your pet may have an ulcer or scratch in the eye. There is unfortunately no treatments available for this over the counter. She needs to visit the vet for antibiotic ointment for the eye only. The sooner the better because ulcers can worsen with time.


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