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Hi, just got a new ex racer. Five year old female. She's had slightly red eyes since she arrived. It's the whites of her eyes which seem a bit pink, she's very nervous and this adds to her stressed 'look' but they don't appear to be bothering her and there's no discharge at all. From looking at lots of dogs it seems that some have eyes which are a bit pinker than others and it's more obvious in this girl because she looks at us out of the corner of her eyes but I just wondered what I should be looking for in terms of signs I should be going to the vets (I'm not trying to avoid a visit!).

 

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Could be allergies, but since your hound is new, I would have a vet check the eyes.

 

Is she rubbing the eyes or scratching / licking her body a lot? Fall allergies aren't unusual and may require some eye drops or OTC allergy meds to control. Your vet will be the best judge if allergy meds are required.

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I had that with one dog that I adopted from the local shelter -- he was fostered with a woman who smoked and it inflamed the whites of his eyes. They did calm down in time but, wow, they were pretty scary at first.

 

I'd have them checked because you don't know what her normal is.

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Another condition that causes red third eyelids and redness in the whites is Atypical Pannus. Sometimes a discharge is associated with it, other times not. It also does not cause much or any discomfort for the dog. One of mine was diagnosed with it. At first I thought allergies, but it wasn't seasonal and didn't improve with antihistamines. It's very easily managed with prescription eye drops, but can get worse if not treated. I did see a specialist to have it diagnosed, etc.

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My avatar girl has Pannus. Her eyes were slightly red from the day we got her. It never got worse and the vets didn't even notice for 4 years. Then one day her right eye clouded completely over and got all pussy. The vet put her on prescription eye drops, and within a couple, days her eyes looked better than they ever had before! And they have been clear as a bell ever since. The eye drops are for life. They are not very expensive, and it only takes a couple seconds every morning to put them in.

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  • 5 months later...

Came across the and realised I never updated. I took her to the vets and they said it looks like an old injury. It's like the skin around the eye is ever so slightly 'slack' which means more of the third eyelid is visible.

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