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Unread 09-13-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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HI my name is Alona, I am a new user to this forum and was looking for some help with one of my puppies.

I have pups that are 10 days old whose eyes are just starting to peek open and there is pus coming out of one of them. It's just in the corner of one eye. How could they get an infection when their eyes are sealed shut? How can I treat it if their eyes are not open?? I change and clean their whelping box one a day how could this happen?

I will call the vet first thing in the a.m. just wondered if anyone had any insight on this here.

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Glad to hear you're calling the vet first thing in the morning. This could become serious if not addressed immediately. The vet should give you some medication to use on the puppy's eye. Until the pup can be seen by the vet you should take a warm damp cotton ball and wipe the outside very gently to remove the drainage so none of the other puppies will come in contact with it.

With baby puppies it's important to keep their area clean and dry and at a constant temperature at all times as they are unable to regulate their own temperature for the first few weeks. Changes in temperature, drafts or dampness can leave them vulnerable to serious illness.

Hope it clears up quickly. Don't forget to let us know how she's doing.
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Thank you. I wiped it clean with a warm damp rag and held it on for a few minutes. He doesn't have any sneezing or coughing or runny nose but I see one other pup with a somewhat bigger eye lid than the others too.

It's been unseasonably hot here that last couple days but they have a heat light at night. Their whelping box is in the middle of the living room I change their bedding at least once day.

From what I've read online so far it can be cause by a virus transported from the females genitalia during birth.

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Various organisms (bacterial, viral, other) may cause genital infections in the mother and may result in infection of the litter at birth or neonatally. Bacteria, Chlamydophila, or virus should be considered.
Why is it always on a weekend or after hours???

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Hi I agree with Applesmom about going to the vets as soon as it's opens again ( isn't there a emergency out of hrs service?) Warmth is important but when it's warm during the day does the heat lamp really need to be on? Cleaning the whelping box is extremly important at regular intervals too. Hope this problem get's sorted for your pups
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Thank you, yes there is an after hours emergency vet they say if he is doing alright otherwise, this can wait until Monday.

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they have a heat light at night.
No heat light during the day

They already look better this morning, I have some drops (ciprofloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) from when my daughter got pink eye, anyone ever use this on their dogs? I've used it for my horses but not the dogs and never have on pups.

Of course the vet won't advise one way or another for liability reasons without seeing the puppies, which again they say can wait until Monday as long as there are no other symptoms, and puppy seems to be doing fine.

But I've got that above mentioned medication and some neobacimyx-H ophthalmic ointment that is for dogs and cats and some terramycin ophthalmic ointment for animals also.

I was thinking that the one that was prescribed for my daughter would be the least worrisome since it is for children, and probably easier to use since it's drops and not ointment.

Don't worry not putting anything in until we see the vet just wanted to get thoughts and experiences...

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I am a Breeder and many times pups just opening the eyes will have some puss in the eyes, I use warm water with just a hint of hydrogen perxoide in it use a cotten ball and wipe the corner, do not put into the eye only around it. They often get this because of having them closed, I feel the light has to do with some of it as mine heals fine. I did have one this last spring that had like a thing hanging out, now that one went to vet and he nipped it off. No big deal either, just cost me money.

Just keeping it clean around the eyes, keep the whlep box clean, mom clean as they often get dirt from her hair, I shave mine or clip them around the teets so the pups do not get alot of dirt. I do NOT bath my shepherds, but brush her before going into whelp, they are preparted by me best that can be, pups can get just maybe a hair from the mom in the eye and it caused an irration, I am sure it will be just fine.
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Thank you SO much for your insight and sharing your experience as a breeder!!

I grew up with a German Shepherd, my favorite dog of all time!

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