Dog with Droopy, Swollen Eye
by Kristina P.
her swollen eye
We recently moved to Australia from Croatia - Europe 2 months ago. Our dog was one month in quarantine and lost a significant amount of weight (1kg) and dropped to 4kg only. Also, her skin was very dark and covered in bad scabs.
She has been out of quarantine 1 month now. She has regained the lost weight and her skin has cleared up completely.
Two weeks ago she got allergies. Every time she would go outside her eyes would swell up, the conjunctiva would go very red and she wouldn't be able to open her eyes.
We went to the vet, he put her on antihistamines (polaramine 2mg twice a day) and it seemed to help. She has been wearing an e-collar since because her eyes were itchy.
Last night I checked both eyes, everything was fine. We went to sleep, she had her e-collar on, and this morning when she woke up her left conjunctiva was very swollen. It wasn't red, normal pink colour just very swollen and her lower eyelid appeared droopy.
I took the e-collar off so she could eat breakfast. Unfortunately she had a good scratch at the eye and has made the skin around the eye very red looking almost like blood.
There doesn't seem to be discharge from the eye. Also, it is not teary (I put cream around the eye which my vet in Croatia had given me for her mother who used to scratch her eyes, this is why it appears wet on the photo).
She doesn't seem to be in pain, and doesn't touch the eye anymore. Since I am new here in Australia I do not have a good vet and do not want to take her back to the one I went to before as he insisted on giving her corticosteroids. Given the trauma she has been through her immune system probably isn't at it's best now and I feel that would just worsen the situation.
Could you please tell me what to do?
She is a 2 year old Australian Silky Terrier.
I've attached a photo of her healthy eye and 2 photos of her bad eye. On one of the photos I have pulled the eyelid down slightly so you can see the conjunctiva better.
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