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Dog's eyes are bulging, swollen and very red

by Wesley West
(Gloucester, Va, United States)


Yesterday I noticed one of my hunting dogs looked funny. I got closer and noticed her left eye was bulging out and almost rolled back in her head. Her right eye is also red and swollen but not nearly as bad.

It's tender to touch but she hasn't lost her appetite and still gets excited and wags her talk when I come to the pen. I'm nervous this is something serious or fatal.

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May 25, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Dog's eyes are bulging, swollen and very red
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Wesley,
In the photo, your dog's third eyelids are raised. Therefore, it is difficult to see the 'eyeballs' very well, since they are covered partially by the swollen third eyelids.

Inflammation of third eyelids can be due to bacterial, viral or fungal infection. Also, smoke or particulate matter (dust, pollen, etc) can cause irritation and inflame the third eyelids.

It would be best to take her in to a veterinarian to examine her, take her temperature, flush the eyes, stain the corneas, take a culture, etc. to determine the problem. I do not think this is a 'fatal' problem, but it would be a good idea to get her seen pretty soon!

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the picture you submitted. The above should never replace the advice of your local veterinarian, as they have the ability to evaluate your dog in person.




Jul 30, 2012
Thanks for the help!
by: Anonymous

I took her to the vet and apparently it was just an infection, it was minor, it just looked worse then what it was! Lol after 3 days on the antibiotic she was looking 100% normal again. Thanks for the help!
-Wes

Jul 30, 2012
My Online Vet Response for: Dog's eyes are bulging, swollen and very red
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Wesley,

Thank you for the update, and I am glad to hear that her eyes are back to normal again! Although, it might be nice to try to find out what caused the problem in the first place.

Seeking the help of a holistic veterinarian might be a first step regarding good nutrition (a RAW diet is best), immune supplements, minimal vaccinations, etc. to keep all of your dogs healthy!

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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