Species: Dog Breed: dalmatian shepherd m Age: 2-5 years
My dog has what seemed to be pink eye but the blood has seeped into the iris. There appears to be slight clouding as well. I do have photos of the eye as well which I will send and he has been scratching uncontrollably. The eye was swollen and that seems to have gone down, but when that happened the redness seemed to spread. I will send the photos separately to the email below. I will title it "dexter's eye".
Dr. Marie replied:
Sorry to hear that Dexter is having problems with his eye. Thank you for sending these excellent photos:
While I can't give you a diagnosis over the internet I can tell you that this looks like something that warrants a veterinary visit right away. There is inflammation inside of the eye which makes it look like a condition called uveitis. Sometimes we don't know the cause of uveitis. It can sometimes be a sign that there is something very serious going on systemically. It can also be the result of an injury.
Your vet will do some tests to determine if the eye is scratched or if there are other signs of uveitis and will probably give you some medication to help to heal this. They may also want to do some blood tests to determine if there is something else going on with Dexter's system.
I don't take any eye condition lightly, especially when the eye is affected so suddenly like this.
I really do hope that things are ok. Please report back once you have been to the vet as I would love to know what they say.
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