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A. Your question got a little jumbled. Yes, dogs can get something like “pink eye”, meaning infectious conjunctivitis. It typically causes eye discharge that’s yellow or green, and a red eye and sometimes swelling. The problem is that many eye diseases present in a very similar fashion, and it could be something more serious that conjunctivitis, like a corneal ulcer or glaucoma. I always recommend that all eye problems be checked out by a veterinarian, as it can be very dangerous to delay treatment in some of the more serious eye diseases.

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There are plenty of eye conditions that have similar symptoms to pink eye. It`s common to mistake allergies, styes, iritis, keratitis, and blepharitis for pink eye, but they can have different causes and require different treatments.
eye infection – clear or green discharge from the eye. the whites of the eyes are often red, and the surrounding eye area swollen. pawing at the affected eye. squinting and blinking more than normal.
Common Causes of Eye Infections in Dogs

Bacteria (canine brucellosis, leptospirosis, canine ehrlichiosis, or Lyme disease) Fungus spores. Irritants or allergens, such as smoke or shampoo. Foreign matter or debris (dirt, grass seed, or even your dog`s own hair)

What is conjunctivitis in dogs? Conjunctivitis, sometimes informally referred to as “pink eye,” is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, the soft tissue that lines the inside of the eyelids and the white portion of the eye. Conjunctivitis can occur in both eyes or just one eye.
Color or tint of the whites of eye: Salmon (light pink) color may be a sign of a viral infection. A reddish color is more likely to be a bacterial conjunctivitis. If it`s in one or both eyes: If you have pink eye that`s in both eyes, a virus is probably causing it.
One popular method is using a warm, damp cloth to gently clean and soothe the eye area. Another option is using a saline solution to flush out any irritants.
If your dog`s eyes are weeping, watering more than usual, or you notice yellow, green or white coloured discharge, they may have an eye infection. Other signs of eye infections in dogs include pawing at their eye, blinking more than usual, swelling, redness and squinting.
If a bacterial infection is found to be causing your dog`s eye infection, antibiotics and eye drops will typically be prescribed. When allergies are the suspected cause of eye infections in dogs, the vet is likely to prescribe an antihistamine to help soothe your pup`s eyes.
The normally white part of the eye (sclera) often becomes very red and may even be swollen. The front of the eye may become hazy or cloudy. Animals with corneal ulcers often have excessive tearing.
While non-infectious conjunctivitis is not a serious condition in and of itself, it won`t clear up on its own without treatment, and it may point to a more serious health problem that needs to be addressed. Additionally, if left untreated, your dog could sustain a permanent eye injury or even vision loss.
Unfortunately, you would be mistaken to think that the same eye drops you use are suitable for dogs. You should not use human eye drops on dogs. If your dog is experiencing eye irritation, contact your vet and take them in to get an eye examination and possibly eye drops that are safe for dogs.
Conjunctivitis is an uncomfortable condition that may cause your dog to paw at their eye, blink or squint. You may also notice clear or green discharge from the eye or that the white of the eyes, eyelids or area surrounding your dogs eye are red and swollen.
Conjunctivitis, also known as “sore eyes” or “pink eye” is perhaps one of the most common illnesses around—it is also easy to spread if you`re not careful. Keep in mind that conjunctivitis is treatable and in most cases, you wouldn`t need to spend on a doctor`s appointment if you are informed of the basics.
Salt water, or saline, is one of the most effective home remedies for eye infections. Saline is similar to teardrops, which is your eye`s way of naturally cleansing itself. Salt also has antimicrobial properties. Because of this, it only stands to reason that saline can treat eye infections effectively.
Viral Conjunctivitis

The infection will usually clear up in 7 to 14 days without treatment and without any long-term consequences. However, in some cases, viral conjunctivitis can take 2 to 3 weeks or more to clear up. A doctor can prescribe antiviral medication to treat more serious forms of conjunctivitis.

Rinse your dog`s eye and eye area with simple saline solution, which can be purchased from a veterinarian or pharmacy, or made with a teaspoon of salt water in a cup of warm water. Carefully instill into the corner of your dog`s eye and dip a cotton ball in the solution and wipe away discharge from around the eye.
With appropriate treatment, bacterial conjunctivitis is usually fully resolved within 5 to 7 days. Viral conjunctivitis can take up to 3 to 4 weeks for full resolution. Allergic conjunctivitis will persist until the underlying allergen is discovered and eliminated.
A cool tea bag compress may improve the appearance of puffiness or mild swelling under the eyes. Relieving pink eye. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, occurs when the mucous membranes become inflamed and swollen. A cold tea bag compress may help alleviate some of the dryness and inflammation.
If you notice your dog squinting or holding its eye closed, it could be a sign of a serious issue. The five most common reasons for a dog squinting in one eye are a corneal ulcer, glaucoma, anterior uveitis, dry eye and ocular foreign bodies.
The usual treatment for a dog with a corneal ulcer includes topical antibiotics and pain relievers (eye drops) multiple times a day. Sometimes oral and even injectable medications are also prescribed or administered. Dogs with corneal ulcers that are properly treated almost always maintain their vision.
Normally, even large superficial corneal ulcers heal in five to seven days with minimal scarring. The healing process includes three major steps: The surrounding epithelial cells spread out as a sheet to try to cover the ulcer bed. This epithelial sheet adheres to the ulcer bed.
Eye infections caused by a virus or bacteria in dogs can be spread to humans, so isolation of the affected dog is also suggested in situations where they are the only one pet in the household.
Reasons Why Dogs` Eyes Become Swollen

It can occur secondary to an irritant like soap or smoke or an invading foreign matter like dust, hair, and grass. Viruses like distemper, herpes, hepatitis, and canine influenza also could cause eye infections. Funguses and parasites have also been known to result in swollen eyes.

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Q. My 5 month old dog woke up today very lethargic and not very hungry. His feces smells very bad and it has an orange colored mucus in it. only 5 lbs
ANSWER : A. This could be many things, however first I’d ask you (if we could talk) if your puppy is vaccinated against parvo? That’s a serious viral disease that produces very bad-smelling bloody diarrhea. If he’s not vaccinated against parvo, please take him in to see a vet right away.

Otherwise, if he is vaccinated against parvo, he could have intestinal parasites, he could have eaten something that’s upset his GI tract, or he could have a bacterial infection, for starters. The orange color you mentioned has me especially concerned – I’m worried it could be blood. Regardless – he’s not eating, and he’s lethargic, so he likely feels pretty awful. I recommend you take him to see a vet right away who can figure out what’s going on and treat it appropriately.

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Q. My dog ran away 3 days ago , he came back later and immediately threw up all his food. He hasn’t eaten and is still throwing up since then.
ANSWER : A. I’m really glad to hear your dog came back! If you dog is vomiting I would recommend having him examined by a veterinarian because his vomiting could be caused by a gastrointestinal disturbance. He could have eaten something that upset his stomach, including an intestinal parasite or he could have even consumed something toxic. It would helpful for a veterinarian to evaluate for any injuries he could have sustained while being out of the home and for any abnormalities that could be causing his sickness. Stress could also be playing a role in his stomach upset since he was out of the home for several days.

Q. My dog is bleeding out of rearend after
going to vet for a leg trouble the vet says
it is stres
ANSWER : A. It could be many things causing the problem. If it is an unneutered female it could be a season, if it is in the urine it could be a cystitis which could be set of by stress amongst other things. It could be from the anal glands or it could be from the lower intestinal tract. If it is the latter I would be careful what pain relief medication you are giving as some can cause bleeding in the GI tract such as meloxicam. I would recommend having a recheck with your vet to establish where the bleeding is coming from as some causes may require treatment or a change in current treatment.

Q. My dog has had dark red blood in stools for 2 days now . She found & ate a baby bird back in August , could that cause a problem now after so long
ANSWER : A. It seems pretty unlikely to me that the bird ingestion could have anything to do with the blood in the stool you’re seeing now. Depending on exactly how it looks, it could be a number of things. If the stool is normal and has blood on it, it could be an anal gland problem (infection, tumor) or a problem inside the rectum, like a mass. If she’s got diarrhea along with blood, she could have a bacterial or parasitic infection in her intestines, or she could have inflammatory bowel disease. I’d get this checked out as soon as possible.

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Q. He has lost hair an now scabby sores have formed in the area, he has also recently started vomiting ? What do I do
ANSWER : A. The changes to the skin could be the result of parasites, like fleas or mites, or he could have allergies to the environment or to an ingredient in his food. The vomiting could be a sign of many different problems – a foreign object in the GI tract, an infection, kidney or liver disease – or it could be another sign of an allergy to food. He needs to be examined by a vet who can help you start working through these problems and figure out the best way to treat them.

Q. My dog has bumps on his skin. We have combed with a flea comb, and there aren’t any fleas, but he keeps scratching/biting/licking. What should we do?
ANSWER : A. Sometimes does have red bumps on their skin from flea bites. I would recommend seeing a veterinarian because it could be fleas but it could be something else. Maybe you’re combing with the flea comb incorrectly, are you finding brown dirt like particles? Put that dirt like particles on a white paper towel and put water on it (Without losing the dirt). Smear the dirt and if it turns red that is flea dander. Flea dander is bowel movements from fleas and is digested blood. Your dog could also be suffering from other things such as mange, allergies or something else.

Q. My Pomeranian has a very sore I could be pinkeye or what else
ANSWER : A. Your question got a little jumbled. Yes, dogs can get something like “pink eye”, meaning infectious conjunctivitis. It typically causes eye discharge that’s yellow or green, and a red eye and sometimes swelling. The problem is that many eye diseases present in a very similar fashion, and it could be something more serious that conjunctivitis, like a corneal ulcer or glaucoma. I always recommend that all eye problems be checked out by a veterinarian, as it can be very dangerous to delay treatment in some of the more serious eye diseases.

Q. My 8mo. puppy eats feces. Wedont scorn him for pottymishaps. He hides feces in his bed.I feed him blue buffalo 2 per day. How do I stop this?
ANSWER : A. A lot of dogs do this, and sometimes it is just because feces tastes good.. sometimes it is due to something lacking in their diet.. but a lot of the time, it’s just fun and tasty. The only way to handle this situation is management. You should be cleaning up your two dogs poops immediately when they happen. Scoop them up, throw them into the woods, or into a can. You cannot give your pup access to the poops.

You could also try adding things to your pups diet. Things like canned pumpkin for dogs (not the pie filling you find in the grocery store, that has way too much sugar in it). Or you could feed your dog raw chews like marrow bones, or beef tendons. You’ll have to add things to his diet in order to find out what is missing from it. If you allow him to continue eating poop, even if there is something lacking in his diet, he will continue eating poop when you’ve solved his diet issue because it will become a LEARNED behavior. This means he will continue eating poop because he learned he CAN eat poop. You could also try feeding him three meals per day. Feed him the same amount of food, but break it up into three feedings per day. This could help him feel a bit more full throughout the day.

Clean up your yard, and clean up after your pups immediately when they eliminate outdoors. Do not scold him, there is no need.. it isn’t his fault.

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