Greenish sticky discharge from eyes - but eyes aren't red
Just wanted to get your input on my pup's eyes -- We're hesitant to go to the vet because most of the time when we go, all he does is say "Just watch it & see if it gets worse" & we're out $55.
There is light yellow-green, really sticky & gooey discharge from both eyes - started on the right eye & now it's on both eyes but worse on the left. My husband says it smells metallic, but I think it smells sweet and kind of fruity.
She hasn't been pawing at her face, except this morning when there was so much connecting her upper & lower lid that she couldn't see. After we remove it & clean it up, within a couple of hours there's more again.
The last time we took her to the vet, there was only a little discharge from the right eye & he said it wasn't infected because the whites of the eye weren't red. Even now, the whites of her eyes aren't red.
Names of dogs: Holly, Iris and Wiz, Quincy,Journey and Pearl
Poodle Type: Standard red, apricot and black
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I am not a vet but it sounds like environmental allergies. I have one dog whose one eye discharges every Spring. I get Polysporin or Neosporin human eye drops and put two drops in twice a day for five days and the eye clears right up.
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Green, yellow, and a sweet smell would generally mean an infection.
In humans you would have just described the physical characteristics of conjuncivitus.
Does it look somewhat like this (to a lessor or more extreme)?
If so, I would go to your vet. It's an infection of the eye, membrane, or both, and while it normally will do no permanent harm, it can get serious. I would treat it now, rather than wait to see if it goes away, or spreads.
Hopefully it is just allergies.
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I'd make sure your vet checked for ectopic eyelashes....they may have just grown now to the point where they are causing discharge. But ask him to REALLY look! (Sometimes it is only a few causing the problem.)
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When I was a groomer some dogs used to react like that if they were sensitive to the facial shampoo we used. But yes, I would take her to the vet too; even if it's an allergy, your vet can help you by diagnosing that from the other possibles. Also I want to say your puppy photo of Maddie looks just like my puppy photos of my Maddy! What a cutie.
Just wanted to add to the great advice you have already gotten. If it is an infection, no matter caused it, it is most likely contagious to humans. My chihuahua got conjunctivitis once and I was warned to wash my hands VERY well after cleaning and medicating the eye, and to avoid touching my own eyes!