The dog's festering eye: what to do
Discharge from the eyes is one of the most common symptoms of diseases in animals. Allocations may be mucous and purulent. Purulent discharge can be symptoms of both eye and systemic diseases. What to do, ifthe dog's eyes are festering.
First, let's talk about how to distinguish purulent discharge from mucous.Mucus represent oxidized tears. they usually have a gray or slightly reddish tinge. A small amount of mucous secretion is the norm. Abundant mucous discharge can be a sign of irritation (say, due to the ingress of dust into the eyes, foreign objects), as well as inflammation of the eyelids, glaucoma or conjunctivitis. All these problems are not too serious and are treated usually easily and quickly, unless, of course, you contact a specialist on time to find out the reasons and purpose of the appropriate treatment.
Purulent discharge from the eyes, in contrast to the mucous membranes, usually have a yellowish or greenish color. Such discharge most often indicates inflammatory diseases of the eyes: the eyes of the dog can fester, for example, with diseases of the eyelids, cornea, conjunctiva, various traumas of the eye and complications caused by these traumas. However, in some cases, the secretion of pus from the eyes can be a sign of systemic diseases, including quite dangerous ones, for example, ducks.
So if the dog's festering eye, in any case can not postpone the visit to the vet. especially if purulent discharge is not the only alarming symptom that is observed in your pet. Independently to cope with this problem it is impossible at least because the allocation of pus is not a disease, but a symptom. Not knowing what exactly your dog is sick with, you can not cure it, because there is no universal medicine for all diseases.
To alleviate the condition of the dog prior to the visit to the vet, you can give first aid. You first need very carefully, gently and carefully rinse the animal's eyes a decoction of St. John's wort, calendula or chamomile or a solution of furatsilina (a tablet furatsilina grind the powder and dissolve in a glass of warm boiled water).
For washing, moisten a lot in a solution or a cotton swab or gauze swab and gently swing it from the outer to the inner corner of the eye.Do not use the same disc or tampon twice. every time you should take a new one. Wipe your eyes three to four times, gently dry it with a soft cloth. Some dog owners wash their eyes with tea leaves, but it's better to go to the pharmacy for herbs or furacilin instead of using folk remedies.
After that under the eyelids, apply 1% tetracycline eye ointment (note, a three-percent tetracycline ointment for eye treatment is not suitable, it can not be bought). To do this, you need to slightly pull the lower eyelid of the dog, apply ointment, close the dog's eyes and gently (!) Massage so that the ointment is evenly distributed. If the dog breaks out, you do not need to force these procedures, you will only make it worse.
Note that these measures will help to ease the condition of your pet, but will not eliminate the basic problem, therefore, visit to the vet you can not avoid. The doctor will take all the necessary tests and prescribe the appropriate treatment, depending on what. what kind of disease provoked purulent discharge from the eyes.
When the dog's festering eye, in any case can not ignore this symptom. Inflammation can not heal itself, with time the problem will worsen and a neglected disease can be cured more difficult, sometimes even impossible. Abundant lacrimation is not such a serious problem, but it's not a reason to refuse to visit a vet.