Dog eye infection
by Joe Bement
(Lafayette, LA, USA)
Our dog Sierra's eyes have been droopy and red, and she has had a yellowish/brown discharge from both eyes the last few days. This morning a whitish haze had developed over her right eye.
We have 2 meidum size dogs about 38 and 45 pounds, both are rescue dogs unsure of breeds Charlie (black) and Sierra (brendel), both are about 8 years old. We live in south Louisiana.
HISTORY of this illness:
My wife and I recall Sierra having red eyes and some sneezing with some allergies. She does not sneeze now and it does not appear to be allergies anymore.
About 2 weeks ago I walked the dogs. We got back to the house and stayed in the backyard. Right before we went in Sierra ran to the garden and sniffed around. There are ferns in that area. When we went inside she looked fine.
About 5 minutes later her left eye was red and droopy. The next day it appeared better so I chalked it up to allergies. It kept coming back and then would appeared to get better. I assumed it was allergies all this time. About 1 week ago it went to both eyes and we thought it was still allergies.
At the house both of Sierra's eyes have been droopy and red, similar to the dog pink eye we have seen on this site. She has a yellowish/brown discharge from both eyes the last few days. Christmas eve she looked awful. She does not appear sick and if I roll a ball she will get excited
and open her eyes until things calm down then they will become droopy again and she will squint and sit and keep them closed.
This morning when we awoke on Christmas day her eyes were very droopy red and for the first time we saw a whitish haze over her right eye. After being up for a couple of hours the eye lost the haziness and looks normal except the extreme red and droopiness. She licked her fore arms and cleaned her eyes for about 30-45 minutes after waking.
Right before I sent this she was walking in the kitchen and hit here face on a chair as she was walking. Not sure if she was walking with her eyes closed because of the irritation or could not see. She hit the chair at about a 10 degree angle.
Two days ago our other dog Charlie developed a discharge on his right eye. Both dogs did get a bath on Dec 24th so I am not sure if he got soap in the eye and it is from that or if he to is developing an infection.
We have 3 kids a 4,2 and 2 month old. The 2 & 4 year old go to school twice a week. So they they bring home the kid germs.
Unfortunately I can't upload any pics.
Do I need to take them both to the vet as soon as they open or do you think I need to get sierra to a emergency vet because of the white haziness in the eye this morning?
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