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Broken Blood Vessel In Eye


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We just back from vacation and picked up Sprinkles from the "doggie spa" only to discover that he seems to have a broken blood vessel in his eye. The people at the kennel told us about it and said that they only noticed it a day ago. (He'd been there 7 days.) He seems fine and not bothered by it at all. Should I just let it heal, or is this something to see the vet over?

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You could always call your vet and see what they say. But having broken blood vessels in MY eyes in the past, I can say there is really not much you can do to heal them, just let them be. The eye is an amazing organ and can heal itself quickly. I learned that when my little girl got hit in the eye with a rubber band (lesson learned: duck!!) and it scratched her cornea. The eye doctor wanted her back the next day! And said she would be almost healed in a day!

 

Maybe someone on here with more eye experience can tell you how that might have happened...but I'd be wondering about that.

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All I can contribute is that eyes heal REALLY fast. I gouged hubby's once with my thumbnail (ouch!) and in a day, he was pretty much fine. I had laser eye surgery and within two days, I was good to go. I would call the vet just in case and I would watch it and if it worsens in any way at all, I'd be straight to the vet.

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You could wait a day or two and see if you see any improvement. If you don't then I'd go to the vet.

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If it's a broken blood vessel and not a scratch, this is likely a result of either excess pressure or blunt force. Pressure can be caused in a number of ways such as choking, straining, harsh coughing, etc. A dog straining hard on a leash for example could cause this, throwing up, or hacking up food. He could have just bumped it into another dog, a wall, etc.

 

I have burst blood vessels in my eyes in the past. Once when I had food poisoning, and I was once accidentally hit in the eye with a bottle. Eyes heal quick, but pooled blood from a burst vessel can take a while to clear.

 

It is rare, but vessels can just burst on their own from no apparent reason. It happened to DW once.

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