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Q: Is there a Vet. on here that can help me diagnose my dog?

May 1, 2010 | By Tracy T. | 6 answers | Expired: 1680 days ago

Is there a Vet. on here that can help me diagnose my dog?

I went to a Vet who told me my dog had an eyelid allergy to a pollen because of Spring, but it has been 3 weeks and has barely gotten better. I have used people Benedryl and an ointment that cost me $45. He is still full of energy and there is NO redness on his eyes or eyelids. I am worried that the Vet didn't know what she was talking about. I am jobless right now and can not afford to go back to the Vet unless I absolutely have to. The swelling has gone down a tiny bit, but it is still irritated. He has lost some hair around his eyelids, which I think is due to the inflammation. No pus, no crusty eyes, just watery eyes. I will upload a current picture to attach to this, and if you go to my page you can see his normal face. Please give me some advice! Thank you so much!!!

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Jillian
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May 02, 2010

vets treat based on a "most likely" perspective. sometimes you just have to keep going back until you've narrowed it down to the right diagnostic. do an internet search of eye allergens for dogs and see what pops up. maybe also try flushing the eye out w/some saline solution. maybe it will help, maybe it won't, but it's safe either way. usually you can find a generic bottle in the first aid isle for about $4. if it has an intense spray to it, spray some in cup and then pour it over the eye.

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Ethel02
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May 02, 2010

It is still allergy season, very bad, if your uncomfortable with the diagnosis get a 2nd opinion, the Vet must be doing something right if the eyes are better than they were, if ou stop you might be back where you were.

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Stephanie  C.
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May 01, 2010

It may very well be an allergy, but not perhaps to pollen. It's possible some type of noxious weed got into his eyes and irritated them. This would account for the swelling, hair loss, and clear discharge. I agree that if the discharge is clear, it is not too serious. I assume your vet did a thorough examination with an opthalmoscope and didn't detect any foreign substance within the eye itself or scratches on the lens or retina?

If you do notice a cloudy discharge, this could be the start of in infection. Most animal supply stores carry opthalmic ointment. The only thing to be careful of is that some ointments have steroidal ingredients and this could cause the growth of some bacteria. It is better to be safe and get a nonsteroidal ointment. Read the label to be sure.

Good luck!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

May 01, 2010

You could try Justanswer.com/pets. I have used this site before. You do need a credit card, but you decide how much to pay. 5, 10, 15, or more. You decide what there answer is worth. They have vets there to take your question and they answer you by e-mail. Check out the site and decide.

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m s.
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May 01, 2010

I was going to advise that you get more expert opinions, but due to your employment situation, you probably are hoping to get some advice via the internet. Do not be angry with your vet, there may be some truth in her diagnosis, but, I surmise, because you've noticed little improvement, you're worried. Linda B. seems to be giving some pretty good advice. It seems to me that your pet may in fact have allergies BUT, how do we know for sure? Is there a medicine out there for him? If I were you, I would google ANIMAL and PET sites, and see whether any of them can give you additional advice. There used to be a site ANIMAL ATTRACTION, which does not exist any longer BUT many of the members decided to stay in touch on FACEBOOK -- so, pay a visit to FACEBOOK, search ANIMALATTRACTION, and enter your posting. When this site was in existence, there were professionals ready to give advice for all sorts of problems, and believe me, people were loaded with questions. So, to summarize, (1) visit FACEBOOK and search ANIMALATTRACTION -- someone will, at the very least, advise you on what to do. (2) GOOGLE (search) sites for "animals" and "pets", or "care for pets", etc. Keep looking until you find your answer. I'm sure you will. Good Luck.

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Linda B.
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May 01, 2010

My vet and I were talking about this a few weeks ago. She indicated that as long as the discharge is clear that it's probably just allergies. If there's a pink or brownish tinge, then it may be something more serious. She said that stress can also cause tearing.

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