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Gibbs has been having a medical summer. First the knee, happily remedied by the ultra concentrated fish oil, and then the left eye. These two issues overlapped a bit, of course. The receptionist at my local vet knows my voice on the phone now, no need to tell her who it is. 

He was rubbing his left eye, and only his left eye, several times a day w/his foreleg. When I pulled down the lids, it was pretty red. Vet vist #1, vet couldn't find any foreign bodies and diagnosed conjunctivitis, and Gibbs got antibiotic drops in that eye for a week.

Didn't make much of a difference.  Vet visit # 2 he got anesthetized and both eyes examined very thoroughly, stained to check for abrasions, no foreign bodies.  Vet tells me he's done everything he can, next step is an ophthalmologist.

So, since that last visit, the eye rubbing has been much less, and the redness has cleared. Until this a.m. of course. The left eye is not as red as it was a couple weeks ago, but it's pinker than his right eye.

I was thinking for a while that it might be allergies ~ there's a TON of crap in the air from all the fires, and then there's the seasonal pollen surge. But would it affect one eye more than the other? 

Calling vet today to get name of doggy ophthalmologist.

Ruth & Gibbs

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Both as an allergy sufferer myself and the owner of a past dog with severe allergies, the only reason I can think that only one eye would be affected by an allergic reaction would be if the allergen got into only one eye. But that could also be the case if it was just an irritant of some type and not allergies.

Not sure if this will help or not, but doubtful it would hurt -- I love Halo's Cloud Nine herbal eyewash kit. It has droppers of eyebright and goldenseal tinctures and another bottle for diluting them. I've used it a lot when Bodhi gets red or goopy eyes, which he does often, and for eye infections in other dogs as well. We'd get them a lot when I was fostering for one rescue in particular. It's saved us a trip to the vet more than once.

https://www.amazon.com/Halo-Cloud-Natural-Herbal-0-25oz/dp/B0015QUY36/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Gibbs may have something more serious going on, but like I said, I doubt this could hurt. I get it at a local health food store, but it's available on many sites online.

Sending some good mojo for Gibbs, and for you, too, Ruth. This has got to be getting old by now.

 

 

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GL, thanks for your answer. I forgot to add that the last week or so the itching has subsided quite a bit. Which is why I posted asking about an allergen(s) affecting only one eye. So very puzzling.

Still going to get the ophthalmologist's name #. Thanks for the info about the eye drops, will see if I can find it here. Mail order if need be, just to have it on hand.

Ruth & Gibbs

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One of mine has  pannus, an autoimmune eye disease. Though both eyes are affected, sometimes the left, sometimes the right is worse. It isn't curable, but manageable with cortisone eye drops ( now almost constantly) and occasional ab, and anti fungal medication. I am afraid it is a slowly losing battle, but so far so good, she is eight years old now.

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Gibbs' left remains a bit pink, but much less than a couple months ago. He's not rubbing at it at all, and I've been home for the last several days, so would have noticed. We've been having unseasonably cool weather. Last year on Labor Day Weekend the temp was 110 and a bit. A transformer for my mobile home park had a literal melt down, and we were without power for 48 hours.

These last few weeks it's been hovering in the 70s most days. I'm having to get my extra blanket out! Perhaps with the cooler weather there's less crap in the air.

GL, will be ordering the eye wash today. Can't hurt, might help.

Smalahundur, thank you for that info. I'll be doing some research on that and keeping a close watch on G for the next little while. 

Ruth & Gibbs

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