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Caissie Canine Instruction: Red Eyes???

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 10- month-old Standard Poodle named Loki.

My brothers say my name is fitting because I’m “the dog of mischief”, but my mom and dad say, “I am a good doggy”. LOL

My favorites hobbies are going for long walks, meeting new people and seeing my dog friends. As you can see, I have tons of energy and love to play!!!!!

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

Red eyes in dogs are usually an irritation such as dust, grass, or cleaning sprays that cause your dogs eyes to look blood shot or have a watery discharge (tears).

Red eyes can also be caused by food or seasonal allergies. Your dog with allergies, can have not only red, watery eyes, but itchy as well.

Please seek veterinarian advise, do not give your dog over-the-counter products.

Some dogs have developed pink eye. Pink eye in dogs can be infectious or non-infectious. Non-infectious is generally caused by allergies, injury, or an illness, such as distemper, diabetes, or hypertension.

Infectious signs of pink eye can be puffy eyes, eyelids sticking together or swelling of the eyelid lining.

Please seek veterinarian treatment. Your vet will treat infectious pink eye with an anti-fungal medicine and if needed an anti-inflammatory.

If your K9 has red eyes, this can also be “dry eye”, known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS).

This is when your dog’s tear glands are not producing enough moisture, causing the tissues to dry out. Your vet will recommend an ophthalmic medication to be used daily.

Some of our clients’ dogs have had cherry eye. This is when the third eyelid that normally stays hidden, pops up in the inner corner of the eye, looking like a “cherry”. This will require surgery.

Lastly, glaucoma can cause redness, however this condition can be painful. Glaucoma is fluid that creates swelling and pressure, leading to damage to the optic nerve.

Unfortunately, if left untreated glaucoma can cause blindness. The best treatment for glaucoma is to get your dog to your vet ASAP. It is recommended to catch this condition early enough that your vet can use a topical medicine or laser surgery, therefore your dog’s vision can be saved.

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