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Does our dog's dissapearing cherry eye warrent a vet appointment before we go in next month for shots?
February 28, 2012 8:50 AM   Subscribe

Our puggle seems to be getting cherry eye- but it dissapears in the morning?

Our wonderful, loving dog Apple has had some issues. She's a rescue that we've had for about 9 months. We've taken care of her seperation issue, and figured out that pills are way easier than the squirt bottle for medicine- but now the poor little girl seems to be getting cherry eye.

It has appeared twice, both times in the evening and dissapearing by morning, with no intervention from us. They have been pretty close together- just last night and last friday. The internet is giving us some conflicting advice- like we need to massage her face with eye drops or we need to take her in right away for surgery. Apple will be going to the vet next month for her shots and a check up, so the question really is- do we wait to talk to the vet about it until then or call him and make an emergancy appointment?

Our vet is really great, and has been very reasonable about not overcharging us (we tend to be reactionary and have brought her in for everything from clogged butt glands to stubborn fleas). I would really rather not make another appointment if it's just not a big deal.

TL;DR: Does our dog's dissapearing cherry eye warrent a vet appointment before we go in next month for shots?
posted by Blisterlips to Pets & Animals (7 answers total)
 
Pugs are prone to serious eye problems. I volunteer for a pug rescue and you would not believe the number of one-eyed pugs that come into its care. I would not wait.
posted by Wordwoman at 8:56 AM on February 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yes - with her skull shape, this could be serious. (Probably no big deal, but not not something to mess around with.)
posted by Lesser Shrew at 9:17 AM on February 28, 2012


I have 6 pugs, and I agree with both of the other replies. Get thee to a vet, pronto.
posted by bolognius maximus at 10:10 AM on February 28, 2012


The internet is giving us some conflicting advice- like we need to massage her face with eye drops or we need to take her in right away for surgery.

Which is why you should take your dog to the vet for a diagnosis, rather than guessing what is wrong with your dog's eyes.

If it were your eyes, you'd be concerned, right? Take your dog to the vet.
posted by Seppaku at 10:44 AM on February 28, 2012


If it were your eyes, you'd be concerned, right? Take your dog to the vet.

Respectfully, I don't think that's the standard that loving pet owners having to abide by.

That said, while I might not get my act together to take myself to the doctor for such a condition, I probably would for the dog. It is something that might well reward early intervention.
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 12:09 PM on February 28, 2012


I made an appointment, and just so you know- we've been to the vets once or twice a month for her since she came to live with us. I do not neglect my dog.
posted by Blisterlips at 1:42 PM on February 28, 2012


Update-

We're back from the vet. He said that it was most likely a reaction to some irritant in the air, possibly dust or a cleaning product. She has sensitive skin, so this isn't much of a surprise. He wasn't able to say for 100% because he could see no evidence at all of irritation- but even that suggests it HAD been simple irritation, and not evidence of a sever problem.

He also said that if it happens again, to rinse both eyes with an eye wash and leave it be. If the cherry-eye is still visible after a few hours, make an appointment. He has to be able to see the issue before he is willing to prescribe anything or make any further recommendations.

also, if you ever need a vet in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn- I love this guy. He answers all my questions and hasn't charged an office visit fee for any of the times we went in with a case of the nervous-dog-moms.
posted by Blisterlips at 8:18 AM on February 29, 2012


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