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Inflamed corneas

Hi, anybody ever encountered this? 3 days ago Sherman's left eye was discharging fluid and looked red. I took him to the vet yesterday and he said his cornea was scratched. Now I have to put ointment in his eye 4 times a day and he has to wear an Elizabethan collar.

The bright spots of Sherman's day are when he plays with 2 other dogs on morning and evening walks. I let him loose for a few minutes and he just tears around the yard and wrestles with a miniature schnauzer. But if he can't play without getting hurt, I don't know what to think. I asked the vet somewhat facetiously if he should wear goggles after his eye heals and he just laughed, but what should I do? Are Havanese dogs more delicate than other breeds? Has anyone else ever heard of this?

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My son got a scratched cornea once. We have no idea how it happened, especially since it seemed to happen while he was sleeping! He was maybe 2 or 3 and he wouldn't open his eyes for an entire day. He was prescribed antibiotic drops and it healed up within a few days at most. He never had infection though-the antibiotics were to prevent one.
I think this is probably the kind of thing that can happen to anyone. I've never heard of it in a dog, but I'd guess anything with eyes is at risk! It's probably just an accident and I wouldn't worry too much about it happening again.
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I think that is just one of those rare, fluke things. I haven't heard about it being very common at all. I wouldn't panic about prevention quite yet, unless it happens again and then I'd be trying to figure out what the heck he/she was getting into.

I hope he heals up quickly. I bet putting the eyedrops in is a struggle, I can imagine they don't like that too much.

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Carol, we worry about that , too, when our dog teases our cat, and the cat lashes out w/her claw. Biscuit also plays rough with his Bichon pal & I worry about his eyes getting scratched. I would imagine it could happen to any breed.
Good luck w/ his recovery!



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I have 3 and we have never had that problem. The eye heals very quickly, so I hope he has a speedy recovery.





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My understanding is that breeds with the bigger, rounder eyes like Pugs, have more concerns about situations like this. I haven't heard of anyone with Havanese being worried about this being a problem more than just living life.

I bet Sherman just got hurt doing something that he normally does that hasn't ever injured him before. It could have been something as relatively harmful as playing in the yard and having and turning his head into a leaf at the wrong angle.

I wish him speedy healing.
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Its happens - it happened to me and I have no idea how I did it but it was miserable I can tell you .. I guess it was was a fluke thing .. probably the same thing with your little one .
It took about 2-3 days for the pain to go away .
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Well not my dog, but actually me! This summer when I went to get new glasses, I had 3 different doctors look at my left eye and ask me what accident I got into. My cornea was scratched and I have no clue how or when. The year before, the doctor didn't say anything... maybe one of those mornings Dora pawed my head to wake up <BG>

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My daughter had her eye scratched last year when her classmate threw a piece of paper at her and it hit her in the eye! It was painful for her, but it healed very quickly. By the next day she was feeling almost 100% better!
I hope Sherman heals quickly~!


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It sounds like a fluke deal to me. I'd think more along the lines of a Chin getting this.

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