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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Skin around Lucky's eye is red

When I got Lucky about 3 months ago his eyes (and entire body) were pretty matted. I've had him professionally groomed and I have also given him a bath every other week since I've had him. It really doesn't look like it from the picture, but I wipe his eyes with a warm washcloth every night. (My parents had him for the last week while I was on a business trip and I don't think they did this though). Anyway, the vet I took Lucky to the week after I got him told me that the reason the skin around Lucky's eye is red is because of the pigmentation around it is light. Has anyone ever heard such a thing? My gut is telling me that something is wrong and I should take him to another vet. (Please don't judge me by the pictures...he was soooo matted when I got him....his eyes are a HUGE improvement).

Any advice? (Like I said, my gut is telling me to take him to another vet for a second opinion)
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 07-17-2009, 11:44 AM
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I think I'd take him somewhere else for peace of mind. That looks bothersome, maybe it's allergies or something and it could be uncomfortable for him. Let us know if you take him in and what the vet says.

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Looks really bad, he may need some antibiotics or something. I think you should take him to the vet.

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I'm with you. It's time to take him to another vet. It could be an allergy or an infection, but whatever, you need peace of mind and he needs to see a good and caring vet. Let us know what happens.

BTW, always go with your gut feeling. It's trying to tell you something.

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I'm with you. It's time to take him to another vet. It could be an allergy or an infection, but whatever, you need peace of mind and he needs to see a good and caring vet. Let us know what happens.

BTW, always go with your gut feeling. It's trying to tell you something.
Thanks Geri! I know....I need to listen to my gut more often. My vet can't see him until tomorrow morning, but I'll let everyone know what he says tomorrow.

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yes, take him to the vet. my dog had something similar, turns out it was a fungus thanks to the wet summer we have been having. if it is something, you don't want it spreading.
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Poor little Lucky. Let us know what the vet says.

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Just something I've noticed that I do...whenever I'm petting the dogs or have one lying on my lap I feel all around on them and peek in ears and eyes. Sometimes I look closely at their teeth, maybe once a week or so. It makes me feel like I'll notice if something isn't quite right because I'll be more used to what's normal. Kind of like when your child has a sore throat, you look at it but since you never look when it isn't sore you really don't have anything to compare it to. It just gives me a little peace of mind since they can't tell us if something is wrong.

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From those pictures, I'd say you're both right. Your vet mentioned the lack of pigment there and that's correct, but I also think you're seeing something else that needs addressing and if your vet didn't see it, get a second opinion. It looks like it may be irritated (in addition to lacking pigment in that area).
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Good news….Lucky’s eye problem doesn’t sound too serious. I went to my vet this morning, and he did a Fluor-I-Strip test which tested for abrasions on the cornea. (Lucky didn’t have any) The vet said that it looks like a “simple eye infection.” She did notice that some of Lucky’s eye lashes may be growing the wrong direction (I guess back into the eye area?) and if the eye drops he gave me do not clear up the problem we may need to sedate Lucky and remove them. She prescribed Neo Poly Dex ointment which is an antibiotic and steroid to give to Lucky 3 times a day. I just did some research online and it seems to be a safe drug, so I’m going to start Lucky on it and I’ll keep everyone posted.

I do have a quick question for everyone. The vet mentioned that I might want to keep the hair around Lucky’s eye cut fairly short (almost shaved) because of the drainage. (She says that’s the way she keeps her dogs). Has anyone shaved that close around the eye area?

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