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Hi everyone,

My wonderful dog - a healthy 3-5 year old shepherd/border collie mix (we think) is having repeated eye issues. This only happens with one eye at a time. Her eye will get very red. She does not seem to be in pain. Sometimes there is a discharge/pus when this happens-lately it seems like the eye will water, though it's also been very cold out so that may be part of the watering . We take her to the vet each time, and they prescribe either a topical antibiotic or a topical antibiotic with a steroid. The problem then resolves until it happens again - usually around a few weeks later - sometimes in the other eye sometimes in the same eye. Last week she was put on an antibiotic without a steroid for her left eye. She was to continue until this Saturday. Yesterday the right eye became quite red, and we were advised to start the med in that eye as well. We started it yesterday, the redness improved, and now it is back again this evening (after she spent time running in the park with other dogs).

The vet thinks she has allergies which lead to infection. I don't understand how she can only have an allergy in one eye at a time? And I don't understand why the redness is worse at night and generally better in the morning. I'm also worried about the long term effects of repeated antibiotics.

She is a healthy dog who goes out everyday to play with dogs in a local park - she is usually in one of two parks. We wash her bedding frequently, wipe her feet when she comes in from a walk, and overall try to keep things clean for her!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! We are currently planning to take her to a dog ophthalmologist in the coming week because we think there is a better solution than simply giving antibiotics over and over again (or at least we are hoping there is)!

I would love to hear thoughts from anyone who has knowledge of dog eye issues!! Thank you so much!
 

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I would also say check with another vet.


It sounds like this one is happy to keep treating symptoms (and taking your cash) instead of looking for the cause and hopefully a cure...
 

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Thank you both - I apologize for not responding sooner. A day later we decided we'd had enough and it was time to take her in to see an opthamologist, and sure enough, she recommended something completely different. She is on tacrolimus (sp?) drops now and her eyes are doing amazing!! I am so glad we went to see a specialist! And we are now looking for a new vet too...our current one is very nice but doesn't seem great with anything more than "run of the mill" problems...
Thanks again-
 
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