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Twinkie's having some issues with lots of "goo" in her left eye. Its not green like pus or anything, and we'll probably take her for a vet visit next week, but does anyone have any ideas as to what it might be? Or any experience with something like it? The white of that eye seems to be just a slight touch redder than her right eye.

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Having recently gone to hell and back with my basset, Francis, all I can advise you is to make sure the vet checks, and very soon, by Tonometry for glaucoma. Up to 5.5% of bassets have this insidious disease and the earlier it's diagnosed the better. It's probably nothing but why take a chance?
Good luck and I'll be thinking of you.
 

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Had Murray at the vets last Monday with the
same symptoms, which I thought were allergy related. Turns out he has 'dry eye', caused by one of his ducts not producing enough tears (the eye apparently produces the goo to compensate). So he will have an eye drop every night before bed time indefinitely. Lots of people seem to have this condition . While we were there the vet checked his pressures for glaucoma, and even though this is not related, suggested testing Murray on a regular basis . (Of course, 'dry eye' might not be what is causing symptoms in Twinkie, so the vet visit is a good idea.)

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Thank you both. Of course, I'm hoping for something minor. Beverly, the recent trials of your Francis are what made me take a second look at Twinkie's eye suddenly producing all this "stuff." You and your houndie have been close to my heart this week. Twinkie's a "bagel" and so the part of me that naturally wants to deny, believes there's some hope there that she won't be afflicted with glaucoma, but we will definitely be checking this week with the vet. Thanks again.

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HI, I just brought Opus to a specialist on Saturday for what sounds like the exact same thing. Turns out his left eyes is not producing tears as the gland is not functioning properly, he has to have drops put in twice a say for the moment and then probably every day for the rest of his life-no big deal, I check his ears every day anyway so another minor job is not going to bother him or me. Do get it checked as soon as possible though, you just never know.
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Twinkie had her vet appointment today to check her eyes. The vet says she saw no trace of infection; just thinks the eye is irritated. Gave us some drops to use. (This should be fun. Anybody experienced in applying eye drops to a dog?) She has another appointment in two weeks. Also checked her ears and as usual they have a mild infection going. She cleaned them out (she goes way deeper than I do ... I'm afraid to go too far) and gave us a tube of antibiotic for that. I have the Blue Power cleaner all mixed up at home. I'm going to have to start using it. Have hesitated because I can't get the dog to sit still when she's outside and don't want to try it in our usual ear-cleaning spot indoors because of the staining. Anyway, thanks for everybody's suggestions/concerns. Looks like things are ok. I appreciate your thoughts.

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Twinkie, what a relief that it's nothing serious. I got Francis to hold still for his 3 types of eyedrops by holding up a tiny bit of snack so he looked up at it. Then I pulled his lower haws down and applied the drops. He got really used to it. ONLY good news about his recent tragedy is no more eye drops.
 
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