Dog skin irritation around eye, secondary rash on thigh
by Jude W.
Three weeks ago we noticed that the skin around our dog's left eye was red and swollen. The vet initially diagnosed this as a scratch on the surface of her eye. Two days later, the skin around her eye was even worse. It's red, has lost most of the fur, and is now starting to sag and be scabby. Her eye leaks continuously and her infection site weeps.
We've visited two vets (many visits!). One of them was an eye specialist, but we now feel that this is a skin problem, not an eye problem. As you will see in the one photo, the skin is very irritated and now seems to have lumps in parts.
Her treatment has included steroids and antibiotics. Currently, Dayzee is on Baytril and Dextab, without any improvement. Her eye continues to worsen, and the vets don't know what to try next.
We've also noticed that the skin on her thigh is very red and dry, although there is no hair loss.
Dayzee is a Shih-tzu mix, is 11 years old and has never had major health issues or skin problems (but she has always had leaky eyes).
Thank you in advance for your help.
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