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Yellow lab (3 months) right eye is red leaks tears

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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 5:39am PST 
Hi guys, my first post on this forum so I don't know how to upload an image of the problem.

Details:
Pluto, my 3 month old lab puppy is in good health. However, his right eye is generally a bit red and often leaked a bit of clear tears - especially after being outside. He does not seem uncomfortable and doesn't itch his eye.

I showed him to 3 different vets, who said it was normal and to just wipe it off. However, now the clear tears are yellow when dried for the first time - so I am concerned about infection.

I will take him to the vet shortly, but I want your opinions. Please not that there aren't a lot of tears and the redness is mild.

I would really like to avoid medication where possible and boost his health with natural remedies/processes.

Thanks in advance.
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Kali

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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 5:02pm PST 
It sounds like he might have some allergies. What did the vet say?
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Fritz

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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 5:19pm PST 
See if you can get a referral to a board certified canine ophthalmologist. Regular vets don't always know what is going on with eyes.
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Quincy

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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 6:02pm PST 
Allergies commonly affect BOTH eyes, not just one.
Labs can have multiple eye issues including entropia where the lower lid curls inward and rubs on the eye and dictasia, possibly spelled wrong, sorry, but this is where extra lashes grow on the INSIDE of the lower lid, again causing irritation by rubbing on the eyeball. There can also be problems with the tear duct causing it to fail to drain correctly. It could also be a corneal scratch or ulcer, again causing redness and excessive tearing.
These are just a few issues which can and do cause the symptoms you describe. Your best bet is to get an appointment with a veterinary opthalmologist for a good eye exam. This should be done sooner rather than later as eye problems can go bad very quickly and lead to blindness.
Good luck!
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Madison- Ainsley

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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 9:12pm PST 
Have to agree with the others about being referred out to the specialist, most Vets do not deal with complex eye issues. A second opinion certainly cannot hurt.
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Barked: Wed Oct 24, '12 11:58pm PST 
Thanks for your responses so far guys smile

I have been very busy with work (I take Pluto to work with me - fun times!) and haven't taken him to the vet since the post, but again, the issue is nowhere near severe. Going to take him this weekend though.

@Quincy: Thanks for your very informative post! To be more specific, it is only the *bottom* part of the white of the *right* eye that is red. And it only really happens when I take him out. Doesn't seem to bother him much, although he seems to appreciate it when I wipe off the discharge.

Added some photos here:

http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o779/harshalchheda/IMG_ 1976.jpg
(notice the redness and the black speck - dunno if that is anything)

http://i1342.photobucket.com/albums/o779/harshalchheda/ IMG_1983.jpg
(yellow discharge)

Thanks again for your help people. I am in India and get the feeling that vets here really aren't on point. Hence the hunt for multiple opinions. If anyone can help me narrow down the problem, I can at least tell if the vet's BSing me. I really don't want them medicating him for the wrong stuff. Love my baby too much!
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Barked: Thu Oct 25, '12 12:00am PST 
Oh I forgot to add that I will hunt down a veterinary opthalmologist. Hope they exist in my part of the world :S

Thanks all.
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Fritz

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Barked: Thu Oct 25, '12 5:07am PST 
Your regular vet should be able to make a referral. (no decent vet will be offended over a request for a second opinion or referral to a specialist) One of our local vets has an opthamologist down from Auburn university once a month for a clinic. I would never have found him if my vet hadn't referred me.
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Barked: Sun Oct 28, '12 11:40pm PST 
Update: The vet said it was conjunctivitis and prescribed some mild eye-drops to clear the infection. Gotta check for allergies after, but as mentioned here before, it's only affecting one eye.

Seems reasonable to me so I'm going for it. Gave Pluto one round of drops - his first medication ever :S He took it well, the good little boy that he is.

Thanks for the info everyone. Good luck with your little ones smile
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Trigger

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Barked: Mon Oct 29, '12 8:02am PST 
As another poster already pointed out, allergies would be affecting both eyes, not just a portion of one of them. This is not, and I repeat *not* allergies. Please don't waste your time and money investigating that if half of one eye is the only symptom.


"Conjunctivitis" is an incredibly broad term. It just means an irritation of the eye. It doesn't investigate WHY the eye is irritated.

I too would guess entropion or corneal scratch/ulcer. Neither will resolve with mere eye drops (unless it's a very minor corneal scratch). Both can cause significant damage to the eye if left untreated, up to and including blindness.
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