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Old 09-10-2009, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2 year old boxer was in a kennel over the weekend and now a couple days later he has a very red eye and continues to have drainage (eye bugers) from it. Is this a form of Pink eye, and should I get him to the Vet asap?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Atticus had that, i brought him to the vet and they gave me some drops, two days later it was clear

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Here is some information I found.

Symptoms of Pink Eye in Dog
As the name suggests, pink eye in dog causes the eyeball to take on a pronounced pinkish color. In addition, the eyelid and surrounding area may become swollen and inflamed. There may be a noticeable discharge from the eye. Your dog may have difficulty opening his eye or blinking normally.
Pink eye makes dogs more sensitive to light, so your dog might prefer to stay indoors and avoid brightly lit areas. Afflicted dogs may begin sleeping more during the day.

Pink eye can also cause severe itching, so you may notice your dog rubbing his face against furniture or the floor, trying to relieve the itching. He may also wipe at his face with his paws. This may be an attempt to wipe away discharge from the eye.

Diagnosing Pink Eye in Dog
If your dog has symptoms of pink eye, he should see a vet who will look for any foreign objects in the eye and will examine the mucous membranes around the eye. To aide diagnosis your veterinarian may scrape some of the discharge for further testing/examination, a schirmer tear test or a biopsy.
Other causes your veterinarian will look for include parasites and eyelid problems.

Treatment for Pink Eye in Dog
It is important to seek treatment if your dog has symptoms of pink eye because untreated, it could lead to vision problems.
Since allergy and environmental irritants are the most common cause, look in your dog's eye and see if you can see any foreign objects such as an eyelash. If you see something, try flushing his eye with water. If you are unable to remove the object, or if he continues to show symptoms of pink eye after the object has been removed, call your vet.

Clean the area around your dogís eye with a warm, wet wash cloth. If both eyes are affected, use a clean cloth for each eye. Conjunctivitis is very contagious, so you donít want to spread it from one eye to another.

Wash out the eye. You can use artificial tears, the kind made for humans. This will wash away any debris in the eye that may be causing the problems.

Your vet will remove any foreign object that you have been unable to remove.

If your your veterinarian diagnoses canine pink eye due to infection, they will prescribe antibiotics for the infection. The vet may also prescribe medicated eye drops.

Many holistic veterinarians recommend herbal drops for dogs that frequently get eye infections.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Arbie has had "pink eye" a few times when he was younger - pretty much as Tango's Mom described. His appear to have been from allergies although he also had a prolapsed third eyelid which kept causing him problems aswell. We had the eyelid fixed but he continued to get "pink eye". We found it is mostly caused by dust (I always keep my house dust free anyway because I'm asthmatic - but I noticed when I brushed Arbie it was bringing out dust and just that small amount was causing his eyes to turn pink and would start me coughing. So I stopped brushing him and just wipe him over with baby wipes now. Arbie sheds very little but he does get dust build up from outside so the wipes help rid him of the dust without throwing it into the air. Hope that helps a little. Does your boy have loose eyes? because that can leave them open to getting "pink eye" and sometimes they will go pink or red from over-excitement or when running around a lot. If it's from running around a lot it usually settles within a couple of days - if there's an infection then you will start to see a discharge which turns greenish. Hope this helps!
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