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Does anyone have any experience with chronic conjuctivitis?
For the past few months, Annie has had an eye infection in her right eye every 2 to 3 weeks. I took her to the vet, got drops, and the vet said it was likely bacterial conjuctivitis. Killed the first infection with drops, vet checked her sand said she was healed, then a few weeks later, it came back, killed it again with another week of drops. It came back again, infected Trixie, I got different drops, killed it in both dogs, then back again in Annie.

She is 2 weeks past having it, and her eye is already getting more discharge. She is due to be spayed next week ( I am so lucky, a week ago says were non essential and being cancelled), so I will probably ask the vet (my parents vet, not my regular vet) to look at it then.

Any ideas what could be causing this?
 

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Have you thought about food allergies ? I haven’t had that problem with my dogs but food would definitely be something I would look into.

Or maybe it could be an allergic reaction to fabric, grass, or other objects she is in contact with ?
 

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Yes I dealt with it in a dog I fostered and with Misha. The first dog went to an eye specialist and they said it was follicular conjunctivitis and very common in young dogs and they typically grow out if it. Said to keep her on dexamethasone and then after some months I could try slowly weaning her off it. Misha has the same issue. I don't think it's food or shampoo allergies. I think it is environmental. It is better now than it was a few months ago. Now I only use dexamethasone every other day. Hoping it goes away completely.
 

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I dont think its allergies... it's always the right eye, never the left. I would expect, but am not sure, that both eyes would be affected if it was allergies? It think it is an infection- her normal eye discharge turns from clear to milky then yellow/green and goopy, and sticks her eyelashes together.
 

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Raindrops- that reminds me that from 3 to 5 months or so, Annie had awful goopy eyes that cleared up eventually. Never green/yellow though!
 

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Raindrops- that reminds me that from 3 to 5 months or so, Annie had awful goopy eyes that cleared up eventually. Never green/yellow though!
In both cases I have seen it is much worse in one eye than the other. And I get yellow goop. I don't worry if it's clear. But the official diagnosis was still follicular conjunctivitis due to allergies. The steroid alone is enough to stop it, so I'm inclined to think it really is allergy.
 

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It could be that the infection hasn’t fully left before the treatment has been stopped, and then it cycled back around, although if the vet gave the all clear, that may not be the case. Hope she feels better!
 

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Peggy's had alternating eye goop since early autumn. It'll go away for a while, return in one eye for a week, switch to the other for a week, and then go away. It's wet and green and sometimes crusts her eye shut in the mornings. 😭

Our vet believes it's allergies and we have seen a link between her grooming appointments and flare-ups. So we got our groomer a different shampoo to use and that helped. But even now, with no grooming appointments, it's flared up again.

I'm hoping she outgrows it.

If not, I'll try eliminating chicken (her favourite) just in case it's a food allergy. But she has zero gastro issues. (Knock on wood!!!!)
 

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Try giving her Vitamin C. Wild animals get C in the meat they eat, but kibble and canned don't have any. I use Thompsons buffered Vitamin C with some of my foster dogs, as well as for arthritis. They seem to like the taste. My vet suggested 1/8 teaspoon for a Boston terrier. I suppose you could try 1/8 tsp twice a day.
 

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Try giving her Vitamin C. Wild animals get C in the meat they eat, but kibble and canned don't have any. I use Thompsons buffered Vitamin C with some of my foster dogs, as well as for arthritis. They seem to like the taste. My vet suggested 1/8 teaspoon for a Boston terrier. I suppose you could try 1/8 tsp twice a day.
I'd never considered this! Thank you!

This great article points out that young dogs might especially need a boost of vitamin C, which could explain why they're more prone to these sorts of infections. Maybe?

 

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-Follicular conjunctivitis, also known as mucoid conjunctivitis, results when small mucous glands (follicles) react to an infection or eye irritant and form a rough, cobblestone surface that irritates the eye. The resulting discharge resembles mucus, and if the problem persists, the rough surface can be a chronic irritant. Puppies and young dogs are typical follicular conjunctivitis patients, and the illness usually subsides with age.
Causes of Canine Conjunctivitis
 

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I would ask the vet to do a bacterial swab and send it out to a lab for diagnosis. I had an Irish Setter that got this in one eye, and it turned out to be bacterial. A specific antibiotic cured it.
 

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Is your dog eating anything that is not 100% organic? Then look at all of it. Kibble? Medication? Treats?

I had to switch my dog to 100% raw, 100% 0rganic. I have now been able to switch back off to human grade raw meat, except organs, which still have to be 100% raw from grassfed and pasture raised beef, pork, and chicken.

There is a huge difference between Kibble which is over processed and cooked at horrific temperatures, Human Grade Meat, and Organic pasture and grass fed meat. My dog will no longer even touch non-organic organs. Interesting....
 

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Also, even on both human grade raw meat, and pasture fed organs, my spoo had an brief eye infection. I gave him eye drops for 3 days of Sovereign Silver, bio-active silver hydrosol, and it disappeared.

I also add approximately 1/2 teaspoon per day to his drinking water, and mine.
 

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Does anyone have any experience with chronic conjuctivitis?
For the past few months, Annie has had an eye infection in her right eye every 2 to 3 weeks. I took her to the vet, got drops, and the vet said it was likely bacterial conjuctivitis. Killed the first infection with drops, vet checked her sand said she was healed, then a few weeks later, it came back, killed it again with another week of drops. It came back again, infected Trixie, I got different drops, killed it in both dogs, then back again in Annie.

She is 2 weeks past having it, and her eye is already getting more discharge. She is due to be spayed next week ( I am so lucky, a week ago says were non essential and being cancelled), so I will probably ask the vet (my parents vet, not my regular vet) to look at it then.

Any ideas what could be causing this?
How old is Annie? You may want to ask the vet to run some blood work
 

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Annie is 1.5. I had her spayed almost 4 weeks ago, with a different vet. The vet suggested poodles are prone to getting dirt in their tear ducts, and recommended they flush that duct during the spay. So far, fingers crossed, she hasnt had another infection, and she had been right on the edge before it was flushed. $50 well spent if it fixes it!
 

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That sounds promising!

Peggy recently had her first grooming appointment ever without horrible goopy eyes after. I sent fragrance-free, soap-free shampoo for our groomer to use, and asked her to use nothing on Peggy's face. Just water. The groomer thinks it was little hairs getting in Peggy's eyes that caused the reaction, because she only uses hypoallergenic shampoo, but even I used to react to the smell of the groomer's shampoo.

Now to convince her to keep up this protocol without seeming like an over-protective owner.
 

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I always take my own shampoo and tell them no conditioners.etc. My spoo has reacted by continuing to get things over and over for almost every medication that had any antibacterials in it.

This may sound strange, but now when he gets any thing bothersome, even in his eyes I use Sovereign Silver, Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol immune support drops. One or two drops a couple of times a day for two or three days usually does it. Their site doesn't say anything about this, but check out other info, even in Amazon reviews.

I am allergic to Neosporin myself, so I use it too. I originally bought a small 2 oz dropper bottle. I then bought a large bottle to refill it with. Sometimes you can buy a combo package. Occassionally I put it in our water also, for example when he got a scratch on his nose. or if I get a canker sore in my mouth.
 
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