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Should I be running to the vet?

jealma
March 18th, 2008, 12:34 PM
me again, the white of one of abbys' eye is becoming discoloured. I wouldn't call it red, but more a brownish discolouring. I'm not sure if this is just a mild irriatation or something more serious. She's not scratching at it, and it doesn't seem to be bothering her, but the white is definatly discoloured. She a 12 week old shih tzu

Frenchy
March 18th, 2008, 12:36 PM
Just like for humans , you don't want to wait with eye's problem ....

ancientgirl
March 18th, 2008, 12:42 PM
I agree, have her looked at. Even if she doesn't seem bothered, there's something going on that's making her eye like that. I hope nothing is wrong and it's just something simple.

rainbow
March 18th, 2008, 01:49 PM
I also agree. Eye problems are something that need to be checked out asap. Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

SnowDancer
March 18th, 2008, 02:52 PM
Most definitely to the vet asap

jealma
April 2nd, 2008, 04:42 PM
Sorry it took so long to reply, Abby went to the vet and he gave her oinment for an infection,, So 3x a day,, 5 days later, the eye looks the same.. Well she was in for her rabbie shot and the Same vet asked about her eye,, I said I didn't see any change, he looked at her and said, that just maybe the way her eye is???????? WHAT,, you charged me 80. and I put her oinment in for 5 days, and today it's well,, that could be just the way her eye is,, COULD BEÉÉÉÉ how do you check out if a vet has a clue?

Ford Girl
April 2nd, 2008, 05:12 PM
Sorry it took so long to reply, Abby went to the vet and he gave her oinment for an infection,, So 3x a day,, 5 days later, the eye looks the same.. Well she was in for her rabbie shot and the Same vet asked about her eye,, I said I didn't see any change, he looked at her and said, that just maybe the way her eye is???????? WHAT,, you charged me 80. and I put her oinment in for 5 days, and today it's well,, that could be just the way her eye is,, COULD BEÉÉÉÉ how do you check out if a vet has a clue?

We all feel your pain about vets not always being clear or full of anwers. One thing I do is write down all the questions I have, and ask them, you are the paying customer, and you should be satisfied with the service - not to mention this is your furbaby!!

I would have asked...what do you mean this could be how her eye is? Have you seen cases like this? Does it have a name? Does it have any health affects assiocated with this? How do we know for sure cuz eye's aren't something to mess with, we need to rule out any medical problems...

That would be like...oh, there's a lump on your dog, its probably just fat, and then leave it without further testing...:shrug:

My vet knows these are things I expect of them when they give diagnoses and suggest treatment options, they know I like homeopathis remedies if there is one, they know I dont like their food, they know I will have my pad of paper and a whole slu of questions for them...:laughing: I question everything they say...its just how I am. If they perscribe something I always ask side effects, long term use issues, etc...

I think the emphasis is on the owner to get the info they are seeking...and if you try your best and the vets still doesn't have any answers for you, then find another vet...:)

dustybird
April 2nd, 2008, 05:31 PM
If you got her from a breeder I would call them and see what they say....they may have encountered it before or now if it's something common or uncommon with the breed. Wish you and your furbaby well and that it's nothing serious.

rainbow
April 2nd, 2008, 06:45 PM
I also agree you should contact the breeder. Is the discolouring getting worse? Maybe someone will have an idea if you post a picture of it here. :shrug:

jealma
April 3rd, 2008, 08:06 PM
We got abby at a Kennel Closing. We'll they said it was, but I"m starting to wonder a lot about it. And my husband was so ticked with the run around we had just even picking her up we don't want anymore to do with them. I will gladly post a picture if I could just figure out how to do that :-),, not the greatest computer gal in the world on this end. I"m thinking maybe I haven't been a member long enough to have the option of posting a picture?

jealma
April 3rd, 2008, 08:25 PM
oh, I think I just may know how to add a picture.. if this does work, note the colour of the white area on her right eye compared to the white area on her left eye

jealma
April 3rd, 2008, 08:37 PM
going to try again to add the picture of her eye, I think it was too big to go before, or that is what I am hoping was the problem

dustybird
April 3rd, 2008, 11:19 PM
You can see from the pic(cutie from I can see) that it is not white. I tried to google different eye things and of course found nothing. The only thing I found was about a brown spot. From what I read it said it was do to broken blood vessels, from getting hit in the eye, bumping the eye etc...They were referring to a spot not the entire sclera of the eye. I vaugley remember seeing dogs who's sclera were brown but don't know why(they came to the clinic for something else and they were older from what I remember).

Are there any vets in your area that specialize in opthamology?


I will email my mom and have her ask her friend, she(friend) has had shih-tzu's for as long as I can remember and see if she has ever encountered this or heard of it. You could also maybe try calling other shih-tzu breeders or rescues

SnowDancer
April 4th, 2008, 11:31 AM
If you are in Toronto, there is a pet eye specialist located at the Forest Hill Animal Clinic on Eglinton. I know this because a couple of years ago our cat developed primary glaucoma and this is where we were referred. Name was Dr. Goldstein - if he is still in practice. Or there is always Guelph - depending of course on where you live. But I would definitely have it looked at. You do no want to run the risk of the problem spreading to the other eye. Forest Hill is not my regular which is why I don't know if Dr. Goldstein is still there.