My B's eye

Hello,
Yesterday I noticed that my dog's eye is different than the other. When we were outside in the sun, she was squinting her left eye but not the other. After going back inside, I covered her left eye and moved my hand towards her right eye, she did not react. I then covered her right eye and moved my hand toward her left eye and she blinked like normal. Could she be blind in that eye? This is a new thing! She is only 1 and 4 months. She does not act differently at all or walk into walls or anything. It just seems her blinking and reflexes on that eye are different. Could the muscle be sore? I'm taking her to the vet today…I'm just beside myself with worry. Could she have hurt herself when we were playing? I just needed to write this down because I'm so worried. I will write later what the vet says. My gosh the money and attention B's bring to your life, I don't know what I could do without her.

When it comes to eye issues you really need to see a veterinary opthamologist. It is possible that she is blind in that eye. It could be due to injury or head trauma. The best thing is to have her seen by a specialist, your vet should be able to refer you to vet opthamologist.

@lvoss:

When it comes to eye issues you really need to see a veterinary opthamologist. It is possible that she is blind in that eye. It could be due to injury or head trauma. The best thing is to have her seen by a specialist, your vet should be able to refer you to vet opthamologist.

I would agree, she needs to be seen by a specialist and your vet should be able to give you a referral.

Has she had any head trauma recently that you know of? Did you notice if the eye dilates?

Both eyes dilate equally. She is acting completely normal in all other ways. It seems as if she is in pain to blink that eye–but she does close it all the way when sleeping. She lets me feel around it though. I don't think she has had head trauma. When she plays she has sometimes ran into a wall (when she does her B500) like if she tries to escape my boyfriend or my grasp as we play.

Head Trauma can cause detached retina's…. really would be best to have a specialist see her.

Wishes of well being sent your way, Nulla. Hope everything turns out ok.

Squinting and tearing can be the result of a corneal abrasion. They can get those from dirt, or anything that might scratch the cornea. An eye specialist will be good if you have one near, but a regular vet for sure. If it's an abrasion they can tell with a drop of something and a black light. Eye drops and ointments will make it feel better, hopefully that's all it is.

Keeping fingers crossed that it's nothing serious. I would definitely see an opthalomologist. If you don't get a referral from your vet, or want to start doing some legwork now, CERF has a list of eye docs on their website. You can start calling around, sometimes it takes a while to get an appt.

http://www.vmdb.org/clinic.html

Looks like the only listing for Alberta though is Calgary. Don't know where you live but could something else be within a reasonable drive too?

🙂
Nulla is okay!
Apparently her third eyelid was irritated with some dust/dirt and she has an infection. The vet checked it out and her eye is not scratched. I had not seen her eye react like that before though so I was super worried. Thanks for all the advice and well wishes. Hopefully it clears up with the ointment I have to put in her eye….which is near impossible because she is so squirmy!

So good to hear that it has been taken care of. Good news.

Such good news that it is as simple as this!:D

I will share this technique that I got from Nicky's eye specialist (multiple corneal abrasions). Take the cap off and put just the metal tip of the tube into hot water for about 10-20 seconds, just enough to liquify the ointment in the tip. I stand behind Nicky and clamp her chest between my legs, bend over and hold her head with my left hand and with the right hand holding the ointment, push the lower lid down and squeeze a drop of the liquid ointment into that space. It flows in and covers the eye evenly, not a big cold clump that is hard to 'drop' into the eye.
A few months ago I got a mild corneal abrasion, and used Nicky's ointment during the night. The next morning I tried the heated trick and what a difference! It felt wonderful, like warm velvet on my eye. I vowed never to get lazy with her eyes again, always take a few seconds to dip the tip in very warm water!
Good luck, I'm glad it was not serious.

My Nika's eye got cloudy to the point of flicking your finger at it got no response then the eye turned blood red. Went to the eye vet and it turns out the lens inside the eye slipped. I had to give her other eye these very expensive eye drops called Xalatan or Travatan that kept the pressure down and the pupil small but even then the lens was moving around a little.

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