About seven months ago Dee had a problem with her eyes. I think I may have posted about it, but I'm not sure. Anyway it started with one eye getting very irritated and red. She had a yellowish discharge coming from the eye as well. I took her to the Vet and he checked various things, looked at it with his eye instruments (checked the pressure) and seemed to think that most probably she had had a stick or something hit her eye while she was out for her walk. (He said that there was a spot on the white part of her eye that looked like it had been scratched). He gave me some drops and the worst of it started to clear up quite quickly, but then I noticed that her other eye was getting red and irritated. The Vet instructed to start the drops in that eye too. When the drops were finished her eyes looked pretty much back to normal, but a few days without the drops and the problem started again....though no where near as bad as the first time. He then prescribed a different antibiotic which we used until the problem cleared. All in all from the time we first noted her eye was red etc. to the time when they seemed to be 100 percent better it was probably close to a couple of months. The really bad redness was for a much shorter time than this, but she continued to have a small amount of discharge for about two months. I should mention that they also figured (because it was Spring) that some of this may have been caused by allergy. As she had never had a problem with eye irritation up to that point I kind of doubted that.
All seemed fine after that until last night when I noticed that the whites of her eyes (again with the one eye much redder than the other) were looking quite red/bloodshot, and tonight it seems a little more irritated again and I'm noticing a slight yellow discharge from that one eye. I'm keeping a close watch to see if things get any worse and will take her into the Vet if they do, or if they don't look totally normal in the next day or so. (and to a specialist if needed)
Her eyes seem to have been fine since the problem in the Spring and my Vet didn't seem to lean in the direction of an eye disease at all .... and just figured it was a scratch that got infected and then spread to the other eye. However what she has now is looking very similar to the way her eyes looked last Spring (except not as bad/red at this point). What I am wondering (and worrying about) is if there are any eyes diseases/problems (to those of you knowledgeable in this area) that this sounds like? Does it seem likely/possible that an eye disease would clear up for months and then act up again. Any thoughts/ideas on this would be appreciated. I hope I'm just worrying too much. TIA
If you have a vet eye specialist nearby I would go to him. Also any vet schools close to you?
Danie, we are a long way from an eye specialist and much further again from a vet school, but if it's necessary we'll definitely arrange a trip to the specialist. I was just hoping that someone might comment as to whether this sounded like any of the eye problems/diseases that Labs can be prone to. Of course I'll be taking her to the Vet if it persists, but I know there are a lot of knowledgeable Lab people on this site.....and my Vet is closed today so I can't even make an appointment until tomorrow. Her eyes look about the same this morning as last night.....not really that bad, but I'm afraid that like last Spring they will get worse. She is four years old and prior to the episode last Spring had never had runny eyes or any other obvious problem with her eyes. Thanks very much for replying.Originally Posted by nellies mom
Anyone have any thoughts on what might be causing this? TIA
My first thought with irritation/redness and goopies is conjunctivitis, which is quite contagious (the bacterial form) and would make sense that one eye gets it and then not long after, the other eye too. I'm wondering if maybe the cornea scratch was perhaps unrelated?
My guys have both had this, and they passed it back and forth like a hot potato. The vet gave us fucithalmic eye gel, and that eventually worked, but they had to stay on it for a full two weeks to make sure the infection was kicked.
I suspect they caught it at the dog park, as some idiot brought his uber-goopie eyed dog there, and seemed surprised when folks advised him to seek a vet's counsel regarding his dog. Moron. :whatever:
Kate....thanks. It does sound like it could be this. Looking at her eyes (especially the one) "pink eye" does come to mind. (although right now it is so mild that it's almost unnoticable) Perhaps the mark on her eye last Spring was caused when she was scratching. Just guessing, but it's possible.......and she does rub her face a lot (usually when she has her Halti on). Last Spring my Vet prescribed an Ophthalmic Ointment. (antibiotic and I think it contained a steroid too) We used this for close to two weeks....decreasing the number of times per day as time went on. She then seemed okay, but a few days without the ointment and it started up again (much milder, but the same thing). Then he prescribed some drops (I forget how many days that was for). Anyway they finally both cleared up and all was well until a couple of nights ago when I noticed a slight discharge from one eye.....unusual as normally her eyes never get runny. The weird thing is...why would one eye be worse than the other? And now it is that same eye that has started up again. The other eye was never as inflamed.Originally Posted by Baloo317
Did your Vet do any testing to see if it was bacterial? I guess you could just assume this being as both your dogs had it. I only have Dee and I haven't noticed any of the dogs she's been around (mostly at class) having runny/pink eyes. Perhaps it's not the bacterial type. It sounds quite common though. It also sounded like some sort of irritant could cause it. Hmmm. Funny, but I've had dogs all my life and never come across conjunctivitis with any of them. Regarding the bacterial type.....can it be reoccuring or do they actually have to catch it again? Judging by last Spring it sure seems to be a stubborn thing to totally clear up.
Thanks so much for replying.
When my guys got it it started in one eye and then went over to the other, but now that I think of it, one eye was worse, maybe because that's where it starts and so the other one doesn't have time to get *as* bad because you start treatment before it has a chance? I'm not sure. We assumed it was bacterial because they caught it from each other, you're right.
It is a bit of a pain to get rid of, I'm not sure if it can be recurring or if they'd just catch it all over again. Baloo had a teeny bit of a recurrence after his neuter last june, so maybe when their immune system is down for whatever reason they're more susceptible?
Hope she's all better soon!
Thanks Kate. I was starting to worry that it might be something really bad, so I'm relieved that this is likely what it is. I do wonder if it is the bacterial type because she isn't around a lot of other strange dogs....just class. I think if it was something worse it's unlikely that it would have cleared right up for months. I'll still check in with my Vet. I have some of the medications left from last time (and they haven't expired), but I'm not sure if I should use them again.
No problem. I'd still check with the vet just in case, but at least you probably won't have to buy the meds all over again.
If this were just a yellow discharge I would say allergies and to flush the eyes 2x/day with warm sea salt water.
Because of the redness and irritation I would say conjunctivitis.
Hoping you can get it cleared up for good.
Hi Kate and Patty.....a little update,
We went to the Vet today. (My regular Vet is away, but the locum was very nice). She asked a bunch of allergen related questions mainly, they checked for any sort of damage, and also took her eye pressure. (put various drops in to do these tests) She seemed to think that it was allergy related, but I'm not so sure myself. Somehow it doesn't make sense to me that she would have absolutely no problem with her eyes for going on four years and then suddenly have this come out of the blue. I can't be sure this is exactly the same thing she had last Spring, but it sure seems the same (except milder). It's even worse in the same eye as it was last Spring. As I mentioned before, my regular Vet saw a slight scratch when he examined her back then and thought that was the cause for the irritation. When after the medication the redness still seemed to persist (though much improved) he did mention allergies as a possibility. She also said that conjunctivitis (I think she meant viral and/or baterial types) wasn't really that common in dogs. Other types of conjuctivitis (which I guess just means eye irritation) I gathered are more common. That I wouldn't have a clue about having never had this issue with one of my dogs before. Anyway, the Vet prescribed some drops today that should help in either case so we'll see how it goes. I'd really have liked to get a definite answer, but she didn't seem to think that doing a culture would be very useful. She did have a good look at the discharge and said it was pretty clean. It's kind of yellow.....which I read somewhere usually meant an infection, but I guess it depends. I'll be going back in next week for a re-check after the drops and by then my regular Vet will be back.....so I'll talk to him more about this. Thanks very much for taking the time to reply to my post.