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Hello,

My best bud Charlie is sick. We got him about a year ago as a rescue, and our vet's best guess is he's mostly Lhasa Apso and he's about 5 or 6 years old. He's been pretty healthy so far; the only medical attention he's gotten was his neutering and one ear infection.

About a week ago, he started coughing a lot, so we took him in. He had Kennel Cough, and was put on antibiotics. I don't know if this has anything to do with his eye, but I figured the more info the better.

Yesterday I noticed his left eye was a little swollen. The eye itself looks fine, but the eyelids are swollen and a little darker than usual. I can tell he has trouble keeping the eye open, because when he looks at me he keeps closing it, like he's winking. His other eye is fine. He's itching it more often, like rubbing his face against the couch and stuff like that.

Now I don't know how common this is, but I think he has allergies. Around this time last year he started coughing and sneezing more, and then as it got warmer he stopped. So could this be allergies or something more serious? As far as I can tell there is no discharge.

I'm planning on taking him to the vet, but I wanted to get some preliminary info.


Thanks a lot!
 

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My dog would squint when I got near her eye when it was injured. It was watery and swollen. But that was an injury since it was scratched, not some sort of allergic reaction.

I don't know too much about Lhasa Apsos, except that they are similar to Shih Tzus. Do you trim the eyelashes? I know that the Shih Tzus often get eye infections from their long eyelashes if they're not trimmed.

I know someone's dog whose eye did get swollen for a day due to allergies and it gradually calmed down without ever visiting the vet.

Call a 24 hour vet for advice on what to do in the meantime before your vet opens office. I usually do this and if the condition doesn't improve, I take my dog first thing in the morning to my vet when they open.
 
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