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Eye Trouble

June 19th, 2004, 07:50 AM
Ellie currently stays with my father while I work and a couple of weeks ago, he called and told me that when he got home from work, her left eye was swollen nearly completely shut. He said the eyeball looked normal, but the lid and the area around the eye were swollen. There was no visible puncture wound and Ellie didn't seem to in any pain from it. In fact, he tried to put ice cubes on it, but all she wanted to do was eat them! Because it was late evening, I told him to call me if it was still swollen in the morning and that I would pick her up and take her to the vet. The next morning, her eye was normal, so I figured bug bite or something and didn't think too much about it.

Well, yesterday, it happened again. And again, this morning, her eye is fine. My dad has scoured the yard for bees' nests. He took a picture of the eye and I'll post that tomorrow if anyone would like to see it. But basically, I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas? I'd run her to the vet, but it doesn't seem like an emergency enough to take her in the middle of the night and it's always better by morning. But has anybody had a similar experience? She lets my dad touch it to look and eats and drinks water and wags her body just the same as always.

Anyway, thanks for any info you guys might have!

Here is the pic:

That's the first time I've seen the swollen eye, it's always normal by the time I get there to take a look at it. It looks awful, though. I *will* take her to the emergency vet next time it happens, even if it's late.

Lucky Rescue
June 19th, 2004, 08:55 AM
There doesn't have to be beehive or wasp nest around for your dog to get stung or bitten. I really have no idea. Maybe someone else will! :confused:

June 19th, 2004, 09:10 AM
I had a Boxer who had allergic reactions to mosquito bites. My vet told me to give my dog Benadryl tablets when he was having an issue. I would definitely have the eye checked the next time it happens but it might be a good idea to stock some Benadryl in your medicine cabinet.

June 19th, 2004, 10:48 PM
my family and i were off to my sisters graduation and we came back because i forgot something. Well i came in and my dog Chops's eye was rolled back and swollen we thought he had hit it on something or that he had a stroke since he is old, 14 years old. well he took him to the vet and found out that it was an infection from a tooth that worked its way up to his eye. he had his tooth pulled and know hes fine, besides that hes missing his front teeth.