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Old 04-13-2017, 03:26 AM
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Conjunctivitis or something else?

Hi all, my baby pup (10.5 weeks old pointer) has been having slight problem with her eye. Although she is completely not bothered by it, I have noticed that her eyes differ. At first I thought it was a slightly lazy eye. Then I decided it's her third eyelid showing and took her to the vet. Vet prescribed antibiotic drops for her eye and said it's conjunctivitis. To be honest I haven't seen any change since we started drops last Saturday and now I feel like it got be something else. I am no longer concinced its her third eyelid covering her pupil that makes the eye look different. Looking at her 'healthy' eye I can see black membrane in the corner of the eye whilst her 'affected' eye doesn't show that. Any thoughts? We still have two days of antibiotics...

Please tell me if I'm just overly panicky... vet had a really good look at her and he's the best in the area.

Thank you for all your input!
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Old 04-13-2017, 03:30 AM
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Or maybe it's that her third eyelid has different colour in her eyes? (Black in one and white in the other? Is that something you guys came across?)
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Looks like the eye on the left side of the photo has an unpigmented haw, or third eyelid. This can be quite normal, especially in hound breeds, it doesn't typicaly cause any eye issues though they may be sensitive to light. In the breeding it isn't as attractive as a well pigmented eye and avoided in breeding stock, some standards even consider it to be a disqualification. For your average pet that spends most of their time hanging around the house with their family it's no big deal. Did your vet explain why he thought your pup had conjunctivitis? I could certainly see that eye having more tearing due to light sensitivity and therefore possibly having more discharge. But in the photo at least it doesn't appear like there's any discharge or cloudiness in either eye at the moment.
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Hi, thank you for your reply. That puts me at ease. Our pups dad is KC reg but her mum is a rescue pointer. We were in touch with their vet and both parents had a perfectly clean health bill. We believe litter was unplanned, we never looked for a show dog. She's a well loved pet though!

Vet said she had quite red inside of the bottom eyelid and that led him to prescribe antibiotics. We are seeing him in a month so will certainly bring that up... she certainly doesn't suffer from itching, pain or anything similar.

Once again, thank you for all the information you have provided!
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Also, yes - there is no any excess discharge, vet checked pupils in both eyes, didn't see any other problems with her sight etc. Do you suggest there might be any further complications?
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My oldest dog, Tiger, has had eye issues his entire life. He has had conjunctivitis on a couple of occasions, and like clockwork he itches and has weepy eyes due to seasonal allergies every year (sometimes multiple times a year) for which he is given cetirizine (anti-histamine), as benedryl wasn't cutting it anymore. Even if itching is not involved, he is just generally afflicted with weepy eyes (or goopy eyes on bad days) which I then treat with twice daily applications of Neo-Bac ointment, which works well and which he puts up with like a champ. His third eyelids are almost always slightly to moderately present.

TE issues in dogs point to such a wide range of possible maladies, it may be very difficult for your vet to find the exact problem, if in fact, there is one that can be treated. I don't know if there was redness, discharge, signs of irritation, or if your dog was showing discomfort last Saturday when you took her to see the vet, but if there has been no change, I would hesitate to blame it on conjunctivitis. You'll know that issue when you see it. Conjunctivitis is also called "pink eye" for a reason. It's unfortunate that some vets are so quick to prescribe antibiotics for humans and animals when clearly that isn't going to fix the problem.

TE showing can be a neurological issue, an eyeball issue or any number of things, but it's very possible (but not a guarantee, obviously) that it could cause your dog no discomfort or problem for the remainder of his life. As an alert and loving owner, you'll no doubt quickly spot behavior down the road that indicates that she is experiencing pain or discomfort with that eye.
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Hi @mhop - she's had no symptoms whatsoever. As an unexperience and slightly paranoid (haha) dog owner I saw her eyes looking differently and wanted them checked up. At first I thought her eye is 'whiter' due to it being slightly 'lazy'. Then, after closed observation, I came up with the theory that it's her third eyelid showing in this eye whilst invisible in her other eye. She had no itching, discharge, pain - nothing. I took her to vet as a precaution.

He prescribed antibiotics due to redness of inner bottom eyelid (I didn't see any).

Anyway, because she's a super happy, super smart pup that is our family friend and never was to be a show dog/hunting dog - I believe she's be all good.

The idea of the unpigmented eyelid makes complete sense, her eye appears 'whiter' due to it and I completely don't care as long as it's not a medical and only cosmetic 'issue'.

Thank you for your response!
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