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Old August 21st, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Blood blister on nictitating membrane?

I've been watching a spot on the inside corner of Cass's eye--looks like a blood blister on the third eyelid. It was looking an angrier red yesterday, but it's not looking enough better to me today to make me comfortable so she's got a vet appt on Monday... Unless someone has seen something like this and thinks I should get her in earlier? Lord knows that we spend enough time and money at the vet that they're willing to work us into their Saturday schedule if it's warranted...

Anyone want to venture an opinion?

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Don't know what she did or how she got it. It doesn't seem to bother her--she's not pawing at it. Yesterday there was a pinkish-red thread leading downward under the top layer of the membrane that looked like it might be draining from the spot--that's gone today, but otherwise there's not much change from yesterday...
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Old August 21st, 2009, 10:51 AM
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From your description and the picture, I do not think this is an emergency however it does need to be looked at. How long has it been there?

My thoughts on what it could be include: bruising or blood clot, inflammatory tissue from either being abraded or having foreign material in it (like foxtail, sand, etc...) or a mass.

Depending upon the history and closer (in person ) evaluation, they may try topical and/or oral antibiotics. They may recommend eye tests. There may be blood tests if there is any concern on clot formation ability (however history and physical exam might rule this out). They may recommend surgical biopsy of the site.

I hope this helps. Please let us know what they say on Monday.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 10:59 AM
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Thanks, Dr Lee!

I'm pretty sure it wasn't there Wednesday afternoon when I groomed them--but was there Thursday afternoon. So whatever it is, it appeared pretty suddenly.

I'm hoping she just got poked with a claw during a Silly Session with Grace Thursday morning. I did trim their nails on Wednesday, so all the nails in the Pack would have been rougher than usual during playtime on Thursday.

So now I'll relax and be patient till Monday and update when she gets back.

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Old August 21st, 2009, 11:58 AM
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Just another observation--she was just outside...it's been maybe 30 minutes. She hasn't been playing, but she did trot around the yard for a few minutes, then lay down on the deck to do her morning baking in the sun.

Although her activity has been minimal, it radically changed the appearance of the lesion. Now it looks more like it did yesterday (sorry the shots are blurrier...she's no longer cooperating with the pupperazzi... )

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Old August 21st, 2009, 08:14 PM
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Personally I wouldn't wait till Monday if you can get in tomorrow, but eyeball problems make me paranoid . I would think if it is a scratch or something it could get irritated and become alot worse by Monday. Then again it could be just a blood vessel or something
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Old August 21st, 2009, 08:24 PM
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Hazel , how is the eye tonight ?

Looks like she got hit while playing .... IMO , you could wait until Monday.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 08:38 PM
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It's back to the way it looked this morning Seems like when she moves around (trotting or playing) or gets hot (sitting in the sun), it gets pinker. So it's evidently a vascular sort of thing?

I hear ya, allfurlove--I'm paranoid about eyes, too. But it doesn't seem to be any worse, and maybe even a bit better than this morning. We're going to try to keep her quiet tomorrow and see if that makes a difference...and go from there...
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Hope it is nothing serious .
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that Cass's eye is much better in the morning .

Let us know Hazel .
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 09:08 AM
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It's still somewhat red inside the lower lid, but the original spot seems much better I talked to the vet this morning and we may put off the appt till Thursday unless it gets worse since it seems to be slowly clearing up. If it resolves by then, good deal. If it doesn't, that would be all the longer I felt I could wait to have it looked at without exploding from the angst of it all Yes, hazel is a worrier

But it does seem better. Today I'll try to keep her quieter and see if that makes a difference in what it looks like by evening...
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If it resolves by then, good deal. If it doesn't...
...you'll start depositing funds to the vet's great-grandchildren's education account?

I'm glad to hear it's looking better. it continues to heal and completely disappears by Thursday .

for you and smoochies for Cass .
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 09:18 AM
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I think we're working on the great-great-grandchildren's education these days.



Thanks for the and the smoochies!
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Thats good its getting better already, its probably nothing
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I keep polysporin eye drops on hand at all times. I get eye boo boo's all the time with Tyra and Annie. It helps a bit until I can get in to see the vet. Hope your dogs eye clears up fast...
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We've been flushing it with saline, too, Shaykeija! It did look a bit better tonight after getting flushed a few times today. Cass is such a when it comes to putting drops in her eyes, though. It takes two humans and a handful of treats to get it done properly!
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How is Cass's eye today Hazel??
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It's some better--but I think I can see where there's been a small injury--maybe a bee sting? It keeps shrinking, but if it's not totally gone by tomorrow night, we have the appointment set up for Thursday. She's been letting us flush it with saline, so it must feel good. Normally she's a when it comes to eye drops!
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A bee sting in the eye. ouch!!!!!

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So happy it's smaller than before it's gone tomorrow

We'll need pics to see for ourselves it's all healed
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There is still a slight lesion on the membrane and a thickening under the lower lid, so Cass went in to see Dr Pam this morning. Pam said at this point it could be a number of things. The T-cartilage in the membrane looks a bit thickened to her, indicating a possible injury. She said it could also be a mass but it's too early to diagnose or recommend treatment at this point.

So Cass will be getting some new drops (steroid/anti-B) and we'll go from there.
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