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    Senior Member FlashTheRottwuggle's Avatar
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    Squinting one eye

    Flash and I were at my mother's today to help with her rummage sale. Twice I took Flash for a walk in the park near my mother's house to stretch her legs and the wind was blowing a lot of dandelions and other things around. After we got home this afternoon we took a little nap. After getting up, Flash is squinting with her right eye. It doesn't look any different from her left eye except for the squinting. She seems to have eye goop on a regular basis (not sure if this is normal or what). We can't see anything in her eye but that's not saying much.

    What would any of you do? I was thinking since it's late, I would wait until morning to see what it's like and then maybe put in a call to my vet. (We don't have any e-vets around here, just my vet on call.)

    Any suggestions are welcome. I tried searching but it seemed like everything I found involved both eyes, not just one, which leads me to believe something got in it.
    - Diane

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    Re: Squinting one eye

    I would use a moistened cloth to wipe the area around the eye and then see how it is in the morning. If she's still squinting, call your vet and have her seen. I don't mess around with eyes, squinting usually indicates pain and discomfort rather than infection and it's possible she's scratched her cornea or something like that. Corneal scratches are very painful and require treatment.
    Cracker sometimes gets eye infections (conjunctivitis) which presents as greenish yellow mucoid discharge. When that happens I use some polysporin OPHTHALMIC in the eye for a couple of days, but if it doesn't clear up it's off to the vet. If she was squinting I'd go same day or next day for sure.
    Hope she's okay!
    Maggi and Cracker, Dog about Rosedale


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    Re: Squinting one eye

    There are a number of possibilities - she could have a foreign body in her eye (eg. piece of grass), could be inflammation secondary to some dust, dirt, sand etc leading to conjunctivitis or uveitis (inflammation of back of eye), OR could have a corneal ulcer as mentioned above from running into or brushing up against something. I think best thing to do would be to flush out the eye with some saline if possible - but sounds like needs to be examined by vet when you can. Good luck.

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    Re: Squinting one eye

    I had some artificial tears that don't have any medication in them, they are just for moisturizing the eyes. I put a few drops in her eye before bed last night. She slept fine and seemed fine this morning. There was extra goop coming from that eye but I did our usual morning eye goop clean up and she's been fine all day so far. When walking and she looked up at me once and the sun was really in her eyes, she closed that eye much more than the other and kept that one closed longer but other than that, she's normal. No rubbing or anything.

    I'll keep an eye on her but I think she's fine now. Thanks for all your input.
    - Diane

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