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White Dots on Dog's Eyes

by Melissa
(Stromsburg, NE)

you can see the spots

you can see the spots

you can see the spots
those white dots (minus the sun on her left) are what is actually very visible to the naked eye
she is super full of personality (taken in October) - clear eyes

On Dec 31, 2012 I took my dog Blueberry to a vet because her eyes had been very squinty and watery and she was somewhat pawing her eyes as if they bothered her. The vet did the fluorescent test to make sure there was no injury to the cornea and then sent me home with no diagnosis but a tube of neomycin and polymyxinB sulfates and dexamethasone ophthalmic ointment. I used it for 10 days and weaned her off of it.

I knew it probably was not good to use the prescription any longer than most necessary. Her eyes seemed to clear up initially and then started showing signs of irritation again. I used the cream sparingly every other day for a couple weeks and then noticed she had white dots (like the end of a pencil lead), 4 on one eye and 1-2 on the other show up.

Her eyes do seem bluish and foggy and at times she seems irritated with them. I upped the amount of probiotic I used, added colloidal silver to her food and water and called the vet again. He didn't seem to think there was any real danger and thought there would be another cream I could use in conjunction with the previous prescription he gave.

I was also told that I could continue to use the neomycin on her if it seemed to give her relief. Well, I know I can't do that forever, she is only four and this could certainly be managed a different way.

Blueberry is a 5
lb. Blue Min Pin who just turned 4. She was over vaccinated and dipped for mange too much before the age of 6 months and was a very sick puppy.

A chiropractor helped to detoxify her poor kidneys and we have been slowly heading up a slight incline of better health.

I have resisted more vaccinating and been very cautious around our vet. I have given her pet probiotics for the last 3 years in an attempt to give her immune system some support.

I do believe her system is hyper sensitive now and we deal with random health issues from time to time.

I have been researching a raw food diet. She loves eggs and carrots and anything I would give her on occasion. We switched her to a grain-free kibble about a year ago and it was the first time that we felt she is keeping her food down with less gastrointestinal upset.

But, I am wondering if the protein and no grain has caused a mineral or vitamin deficiency. I worry about her immune system and am trying to do everything to avoid overwhelming her system.

I am wanting to try some natural options like raw foods or adding silver directly in her eye but need to make sure that by avoiding the vet at this point, I am not doing further damage to her vision.

The vet did not seem alarmed, although he did not see these spots and I know he will send me home with another medicine to use. He mentioned possible dry eye?

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Feb 13, 2013
My Online Vet Response For: White Dots on Dog's Eyes
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Melissa,

The photos are not really clear, but I am suspicious that Blueberry may have corneal calcium deposits or even corneal dystrophy. Cats are more susceptible to corneal 'sequestrum' but these occur only as a single 'dot' not as several.

I disagree with a diagnosis of 'Dry Eye' (conjunctivitis sicca), as that is characterized by thick mucous discharge, redness of the eye, and severe squinting.

You should take Blueberry to a veterinary ophthalmologist to be examined and obtain a definite diagnosis.

From her history of over-vaccination and Demodectic Mange before she was 6 months old, I agree that she does need to have more support for her immune system, and NO MORE vaccinations!

You mentioned that she also has a sensitive GI tract, and still suffers from 'random' health issues. Probiotics, (acidophilus) added to her food is good for her GI tract. Some better immune system supplements are listed below:

Canine Whole Body Support Dose according to body weight on label.
1. Missing Link Canine Formula
2. Immuplex from Standard Process
3. OrthoMolecular Specialties, Mega C Powder


Feb 13, 2013
My Online Vet Response For: White Dots on Dog's Eyes PART TWO
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Melissa,

Here is the rest of my response.

A gradual transition to a Raw diet would be much healthier for her. Miniature breeds can sometimes be resistant to a totally raw diet, but combining it with some healthy canned food would be an acceptable compromise.

In my opinion, DRY dog food is not healthy for dogs. See if the grain free kibble comes in a canned form, that would be the place to start to decrease the dry and add in the canned. And search for some of the raw foods to mix in when she is eating all canned.

In the meantime, consider seeking the help of a holistic veterinarian for homeopathic remedies for her. I would NOT advise applying any of the colloidal silver into her eyes.

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

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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