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Gucky eyed schnoodle

September 28th, 2007, 12:10 AM
My 10 month old Schnauzer/Poodle cross has persistently wet and/or gucky eyes (white, sticky discharge in the corners, constantly crusty hair under the eyes). She had watery eyes when I got her at 12 weeks old. She frequently rubs her face on the carpet and paws at her ears and eyes. I've treated her for mild conjunctivitis but the drops don't seem to help or the problem returns shortly afterwards.

It's hard to follow a consistent medication regime (3x day for 7 days!) as she has become wary of mistrustful of me, skittling out of reach whenever I approach her. I'm the big meanie who is always poking and prodding her and putting stuff in her eyes and ears so she has grown wary of me. I'm hoping to find some way to help her that is quick and effective.

Does this sound like infection or allergy? Any suggestions?

September 28th, 2007, 12:43 AM
Cindy, I hope someone can come up with an answer for you, my 8 year old Poodle/Yorkie cross always has crusty hair under her eyes and because poodle hair is so dense it turns into a solid mass. I have to keep cutting it out, I don't know why her eyes do this, it must be a Poodle thing because none of my other dogs have this trouble usually just a tiny bit of sleepy eye in the corners which just rubs off in a second. I would be interested to read any replies you get as I don't know anything about Poodle types, I have only had her a few months.

September 28th, 2007, 01:05 AM
Hi Linda, I wonder if it is a poodle trait...I know I've seen lots of dogs with rusty hair under their eyes from discharge. As for cleaning it up, I dab under Lola's eyes with a cotton pad or wash cloth soaked with warm water or saline solution. This softens the crustiness so I can comb the residue out with a flea comb. Give it a try and you won't have to always cut the hair.
Now let's wait to see what helpful hints we get from others!:pray:

September 28th, 2007, 01:29 AM
What are you feeding her?

September 28th, 2007, 10:21 AM
Natural Balance Ultra Premium dog food. She has always had wet eyes, from the day I purchased her. Here's the link if you're interested.

September 28th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Has your vet checked for in-turned eyelashes? I don't remember the medical term for it, but the eyelashes sometimes will grow in and rub against the cornea, causing excess tears, gooping, and eventual damage to the cornea. Might be something you ask about, if only to rule it out. :fingerscr

September 28th, 2007, 12:35 PM
I am living a major eye problem at the moment with my Springer pup. Since I brought her home as a pup she has been having chronic eye discharge and subsequent conjunctivitis. We had to seek a opthamologist because things got very worse.
If I were you I would make sure your dog has been tested for

Medial Canthal Entropion- inner corner of eyelid turns inward causing hairs to touch surface of eye causing irritation. Breeds effected- Shih Tz, Lhasa Apso, Poodles, Maltese, pug This can be corrected surgically

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca-Dry Eye Syndrome. The dog doesn't produce tears necessary to lubricate eye.This causes irritation and possible damage to the cornea. Treated with prescription for life. If eyelid disorders are found, the dry eye syndrome often is associated it with it.

Anyone having chronic eye issues needs to research their breed of dog- it is well documented what dogs are predisposed to eye defects. Sometimes Vets just keep giving out eye drops which temporarily solve the problem but unless the real cause has been figured out you are back at square one.

My dogs eye specialist in Toronto has very helpful eye disorder information

Good for you for asking questions and not just putting the drops in your poodles eyes! Good Luck with your dog and lets hope it is something simple.