Dog Eye Injury
Do I need to get treatment for this eye injury, or is it something that will heal itself?
I think my 9 month old German Shepherd/Lab mix got a whap in the face from our cat (she does tend to chase the cat and I have seen the cat give her some swipes in the past). I believe it happened yesterday, because yesterday I noticed that the eye seemed a little red in the white area.
Today, sometimes the eye looked fine and just a little red, but this evening the third eyelid seems to be covering more of the eye at times. She did have a little bit of "eye goop".
She is definitely reluctant to have me inspect it, and she is skittish already, so I do not want to stress her out with a trip to the vet if they are just going to say "keep an eye on it."
When I returned home this afternoon after being gone a few hours, she was extremely exuberant and happy to see me, and she ate her dinner as usual. This morning we went on a nice long walk without issue. But this evening she has gone in her crate (somewhat unusual) and is laying down inside. When I took a gauze bandage and wiped the area gently with water and 1/4 teaspoon salt, she tried to get away and afterward left to go hide.
The attached photo is the worst that it looks. Frequently, it looks relatively normal.
Thank you for your advice.
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