Q. This morning my dog came in and had swollen eyes with mucus coming out. They look bloodshot and he paws at them.

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A. If your dog's eyes are swollen it is possible that illness or an allergic reaction is causing the problem. It is best to keep your dog from pawing or scratching at the eyes as this can make the swelling worse or cause a secondary infection. If the mucus is green or yellow, it may also indicate and infection has occurred. This is usually treated with antibiotics from your veterinarian. Until you can get to the vet, it is best to prevent your dog from pawing at his eyes with an Elizabethan collar. You can also use a warm wet washcloth to remove any excess debris and keep the eyes open. If the swelling worsens or moves to the head, face or neck it may indicate a medical emergency that should be treated immediately.

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