Dog with eye discharge and slightly red/pinkish eye rims
I am interested in adopting this dog, but I am a little bit worried about what I see in this picture.
She is a beautiful sheltie/spitz mix and I will be meeting her soon. I have been told that she is up to date on vaccinations, de-wormed, and no fleas. The rescue organization deems her to be generally healthy.
She seems to have a healthy thick coat but her eyes concern me. This will be my first time with a dog and adopting a rescue animal and my biggest concern is the health of the dog.
I understand that any dog may have health issues along the way and I am prepared for that BUT I do not want to start off with a dog that already has health problems.
I am noticing that her eye has a chunk of black or dark brownish discharge in the corner of her eyes as seen in the picture. And, the rims of her eyes seem a bit inflamed and pinkish (not completely black).
Is this just eye "goop" or a cause for concern?
She also has honey colored eyes which I think are beautiful but might this be a health concern? Is it honey-colored due to illness or unusual to have?
I have been advised by many that I should be on the look out for a healthy coat, eye discharge and lameness. She appears to have a healthy coat and I can't speak to her interactions yet but is this typical eye discharge or a sign of a serious problem?
Also, from the picture does it seem like her eyes are cloudy or opaque? Perhaps this is just due to the color?
My next question is that the rescue said their de-worming consisted of giving Strongid-T. Is this an effective de-wormer and would I need to still worry about the presence of parasites and put her on another de-wormer? I was told that they do not do fecal sample inspections and that I'd have to do that myself later on.
Lastly, do you have any other tips on what I should be looking for in terms of behavior and health of the dog when I meet her? I will be a first time dog owner (she is about 2 years old).
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