04-13-2017, 04:21 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Flatheaded Flatland: Illinois
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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.