Eye problem for Cocker Spaniel
by Sara M.
(Las Vegas, NV, USA)
My dog, Lucy, has been experiencing eye problems for a little over a week now. Being a cocker spaniel, she is prone to them and has gone through this type of thing before. I usually just keep her eyes clean and make sure she doesn't scratch them and the problem usually clears up on it's own. This time it's worrying me a little more than normal.
Lucy is a 3 year old female cocker spaniel. She is on premium Iams dry and wet food and has been since she was a puppy. I feed her once at lunch time and once at dinner.
We live in a large home with a decent sized backyard that she is constantly roaming around. She has a doggie door so she is in and out as she pleases. I have noticed that she's been a bit lazier lately than normal. I'm not too sure if there is any correlation.
She started forming eye boogers and redness when I got home from vacation, which was about 2 weeks ago. I had a friend watching her who doesn't have any other pets so I didn't think much of it.
As time went on the eye boogers greatened, but that is normal when this sort of thing happens. It usually clears up in a couple weeks and everything is fine. Tonight I noticed that, what I believe is, her third eyelid in her left eye is extremely swollen.
I can tell that she doesn't want to open her left eye at all and when she does, it looks pretty painful. The got extremely worried just now when her third eyelid was covering almost half of her eyelid, then it slid down back into place as I massaged her head.
I haven't asked anyone for any advice yet. My first instinct was to call a vet, but no one is open right now, and to be honest, I usually feel taken advantage of when I go there anyway.
Please let me know if there is anything over the counter, or not, that I can do for her, and if there are any recommendations on preventing this problem to begin with. She is extremely susceptible to eye and ear infections so it gets to be a lot sometimes.
Thank you for all of your help.
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