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Unread 06-19-2008, 01:24 PM   #1
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Hi my dog woke up today without being able to open his eye, he's been took to the vets but they can't find anything in his and his eyelids are sticking together at the end and no-one can get them apart there is also a little green discharge it is not thought to be conjunctivitis's but no-one knows what to do, the vets want to wait a while to see if will sort itself out before put him under to run tests, does anyone have any idea what could be wrong. He is a lurcher with Greyhound and German shepard in him.

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Unread 06-19-2008, 01:42 PM   #2
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What did the vet say? Anything?
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He just said to leave it for a couple of days to see if it sorts itself out, were going to get another opinion from another vet tomorrow.

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were going to get another opinion from another vet tomorrow.
That's good! I find it odd the vet would want to leave it. Eye infections are not to be taken lightly. Volunteering in the medical department at the Humane Society, I have seen the repercussions of untreated eye infections and they can manifest themselves and do serious damage in a very short timeframe.
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You could try bathing with cooled boiled water with a little salt added and always bath from the inside corner outwards.

Since you don't know what it is this is the only thing can recommend or else bathe with cold tea. Neither of these will do any harm, and will soothe ,

Hope you get answer from the other vet tomorrow.
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Usually that is indicative of an infection. Have they given you any eye ointments?
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I agree that you should go to another vet. It could be so many things, fungal infection, immune mediated, tick-borne. the list is endless. Did the vet give you any topical prednisolone acetate (steroids)?

As others have said, eye problems should be taken very seriously.

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It does sound like an eye infection. I would second the suggestion to bathe with cold tea. My collie has occasionally had a mild eye infection that cleared up by itself, but it wasn't bad enough to stick the eye together. I'm surprised the vet didn't prescribe anything for it.

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We've been bathing it every half an hour with cooled boiled salted water or saline fluid were just waiting for another opinion tomorrow but the vets that we went to today are reputed to be bad vets.Thanks for all the replies he has been separated from are other dog and were making sure that he goes nowhere near where the other dog is and separate bowls etc.It is just worrying as he was fine yesterday and the other dogs that he walks with haven't got anything wrong with them so we don't think its from the fields where they run.

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Good to get another opinion, vets are human and we all make mistakes. To leave it is just not so. Let us know when you hear.

How about trying a wet cloth or wash cloth with an ice cube in it, might be soooo soothing and the coolness just might help alot, worth a try I would if it were mine....
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