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Q. Our corgi had one blood red eye yesterday, this morning the other eye is the same; some minor clear drainage but she is 6 and has never had a problem?

Answered By
DR. JENNIFER LADD, DVM

A. There are several things that come to mind, but I always like to rule out a corneal abrasion/ulcer before I proceed any further. There is a simple test your veterinarian can perform using a stain to see if such a scratch exists. The reason this is important, is that treating a corneal abrasion with a steroid could make the situation much much worse. If there is no abrasion present your veterinarian can safely prescribe an eye ointment that has both a steroid (for inflammation) and an antibiotic in it. The fact that it moved from one eye to the other makes me think it is bacterial in origin, but either way your treatment will require a veterinarian's prescription.


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