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Old October 28th, 2004, 10:35 PM
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Eye Infection????????

My dog (Allie) is a hound mix. In the last couple of days I noticed her right eye becoming watery. When I got up today her eye was red and she had a yellow substance running from it. I don't know very much about eye infections and I am not even sure if there is more than one kind. My vet is not very honest and keeps making me do many unnecessary tests everytime I have a problem with her. I will be taking her there soon but I was wondering if anyone else knows anything about this as if I go into my vet un-educated I will end up spending another $400 before medication. She does swim quite often in a local river at the dog park and I am wondering if it that may be the reason for this problem. It is not considered to be a really clean river but all the other dogs frequently swim in it without any problems. Is it dangerous to medicate your dog for an eye infection without being diagnosed? Is this something she could of contracted from another dog since she is in close contact with many of them everyday? My vet will really try to screw me so I am just wondering before I pursure anything.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 10:59 PM
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Yup sounds like an eye infection. Go to your pharmacist and ask for polysporin eye ointment its usually behind the counter. Give a try for a few days and see if it clears up. Use your finger or a q-tip to put it in her eye...its a real PIA! Chances are it will work.

If it doesn't clear up go see a GOOD vet!! Where are you? Maybe someone here can recommend one.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 11:03 PM
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I am in London ON. It seems though that I get better advice on this website than at my vet!!!!!!!!!They always tell me to bring her in when I call them with a question (which is 50 bucks just to walk in EVERYTIME). They won't give me any advice on the phone at all.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 11:09 PM
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Well it's a business just like any other

Let us know how it turns out. Mot eye infections are pretty weak and clear up on their own anyway.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 11:22 PM
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The usually clear up naturally? I will take your advice and try the eye ointment. Thanks so much, I really appreciate it.
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Old October 28th, 2004, 11:29 PM
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Call your vet!

Would you self medicate your own eye's with an obvious infection?

Certain drugs when applied to the eye can cause major problems you would not wish on your worse enemy...
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Old October 28th, 2004, 11:39 PM
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I will call them first thing in the morning before I treat her with anything but it is always good to know other options your vet would not normally offer. Sometimes there are very simple and less expensive things you can do for things like this that will not be offered by your vet unless you ask specifically. This is why I wanted more information before I call them or go in. That way I will be as educated as I can be before I dish out a lot of money. Don't get me wrong...if there is no alternative I will spend the money for her well-being but if there is another option available I would like to know!
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Old October 29th, 2004, 01:18 PM
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Call your vet!

Would you self medicate your own eye's with an obvious infection?

Certain drugs when applied to the eye can cause major problems you would not wish on your worse enemy...
Pink eye is pink eye is pink eye. The chances of it being anything more serious are highly unlikely.

I also treat my children's pinkeye with over the counter polysporin

Veterinarians are great if its something serious, but you know what........... they often don't have all the answers anyway.

BTW my 8 year old Aussie has a small lump on her chest and we're just keeping an eye on it.............. no vet until our next check up
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