Our Teddy has always had trouble with his eyes weeping, but the last two days he has got a lot worse. On three occasions immediately after a walk his eyes have completely drooped, they are blood shot and watering. His inner eye lids are closing over his eye ball and he is struggling to keep his eyes open. Once settled in the house for a few hours it seems to go away, then comes back when I take him on a walk again. I have booked a vets appointment for first thing in the morning, but unless it is flared up I doubt the vet will see anything. Has anyone heard of a dog getting hay fever and can perhaps recommend any methods for soothing the irritation? I am sure the vets will help, but if it is hay fever I don't want to be visiting them ever time it plays up.
Definetely get advice from your vets paul as then you can identify exactly what it is teddy is allergic to and work on that. I have no experience with allergies in dogs so can't comment on that. Im pretty sure Piriton can be used on dogs which is obviously used for humans that have hayfever so dogs can probably get it as well.
Thanks for your response caz2golden. I'm hoping the vet can confirm whether it is hayfever or not. It comes and goes so I hope it is actually flared up for her to see. Teddy has had tear stains and sore eyes for some time now, but never this bad. But every time I go to the vet, they never do any tests and just seem to guess. Hopefully they may be able to confirm what is wrong tomorrow.
Hi Devon. I don't have the vets until tomorrow morning. I will let you know how I get on. If they can confirm it is hayfever and that something like Piriton is ok to use, then that would be useful because I think it is going to be an ongoing problem due to his generally sensitive eyes.
I gave Skip children's Piriton for skin allergy which I think was caused by carpet treatment in rented holiday cottage one year,but when it was really bad vet gave him a steroid injection. Good luck at the vets,hope Teddy is soon sorted. A tip to remember for future minor irritation,vet said its fine to bathe their eyes with cool black tea or Optrex.
I would say that yes, it could be something similar to hayfever. Our old collie had a bit of a grass allergy and we were putting aloe vera gel on her eyes and her paws which did seem to relieve them a bit. However, lately, we have used Piriton with Ellie with great success, although not for the same problem. The vet did advise us to use an antihistamine and I believe that Piriton is the only one safe to use for dogs, but I could be wrong. Good luck at the vets tomorrow morning. Hopefully they'll be able to shed some more light on it.
Thanks everyone for the comments. We had our appointment at the vets this morning and as expected his eyes weren't that bad. I did however show the vet photos when his eyes were bad (thanks for the suggestion caz2golden). She looked in his eyes and said they are inflamed and that it was an allergy, but I never feel convinced that the diagnosis has come from them, or whether they just agree with what I am suggesting. She has given me a week of steroids and a follow up appointment in a week. She has also ordered some antihistamine for large dogs for when we go next week. Hopefully the medication should sort him out, as he looks so sorrowful with his bloodshot and weeping eyes.
Just a quick update. No the medication is not making any difference. I have been back to the vets a few times as I was concerned that I was spending a lot of money on hay fever when very little investigation was done to determine what was really up with him. Anyway after a bit of complaining they put a dye in his eye to determine if the duct between his eyes and nose were blocked. Turns out they are either blocked it he doesn't have a duct at all. It is fairly common and they will investigate the next time he goes in and is put under. I just need to bath them more frequently and no hay fever medication is required.