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 Post subject: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:28 pm 
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Hi all,

Charlie had his annual exam two weeks ago and I asked the vet to take a look at his left eye. I had noticed a couple of days prior to his exam that his eye was very watery and when he looked up at me, a big tear would just roll on the side of his face and fall on the floor. His third eye lid (the inside one) also seemed a bit more red than the other eye. It didn't seem to bother him and the vet suggested treating his eye with Polysporin for a while.
Since there was no improvement, I made another appointment and we returned to see the vet tonight. He prescribed eye drops twice a day but he said it was common for the Cocker Spaniel's eye lids to get a little droopy as they age. We are going to treat his eye twice a day with those drops hoping it clears up. I realize Charlie will be 6 years old at the end of this month but I was a bit surprised. Are any of you noticing this change as your dogs are aging?

To keep the Forum Tradition going, and also because I haven't posted pictures in a while, here is a recent photo of Charlie for your viewing pleasure :hp I just love this little dog more and more every day.


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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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Ah, sweet Charlie! Always one of my Forum favorites.
Thanks for the picture :love
I wouldn't even consider Charlie a "senior" at 6!

In answer to your question, no, I have not seen my senior cockers develop droopy eye lids, nor have I noticed it in others.

(Feather lived to 17 years and 8 months, Maggie was just 2 weeks shy of her 12th birthday, and Chip was almost 7 when I rehomed him.)

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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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Take a light and look for any cloudyness in his eyes -- cataracts? Our Diva had them at not quite two and had double cataract surgery. She is now 5 yrs and doing wonderfully. In fact her surgeon saw her today and he just smiles and says "my she had an excellant surgeon :wink ". Of course she is doing this well because he said we caught it "very early". I have had five cockers and haven't ever noticed what you are describing. I think I would get a second opinion, six isn't elderly!

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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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I can't add much of benefit, just wanted to say how nice it was to see a picture of Charlie—still handsome as ever! :bg


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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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Thanks for your comments everyone. I should've been more specific in saying that the vet didn't say Charlie was 'a senior' but that he had come across a couple of cases where cockers had droopy eye lids as they got older in general. My French background sometimes makes it difficult for me when I try to explain detailed situations in English :raz

He did a very thorough examination of both eyes and said there was no cloudiness and his eyes were very healthy except for the minor irritation in the left eye. I will still follow your advice and seek a second opinion if the 7-day eye drop treatment doesn't help the situation.

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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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I agree with Adam, great picture of Charlie.
If you are concerned about the eyes, go to an ophthalmologist. I just feel you will get a better answer. I disagree with the vet's comments that the eyelids get droopier as they age. Maybe in a blood hound. Another bad cocker rumor that doesn't apply. {{{Hugs to Charlie}}} :hp

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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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Did he check his eyelashes? They sometimes turn inward and irritate the surface of the eye, so if there was some irritation I would make sure it isn't from that.

Thanks for the picture of your handsome fellow!

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:hp Charlie :hp

Still one of my favorites! :love

Vicky,

I've never heard of that nor seen it in any of my cockers .... I second the idea of going to an ophthalmologist. Sounds more like a reaction to something in his eye but the fact that it has been this long without improvement would worry me. Keep us posted

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Possible barking at nothing, as the hearing is going away.


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How great to see you both again! Do you think he might have developed an allergy to something (new floor cleaner? some new plant in the yard?) If nothing like that sounds possible, I'd also have an opthalmologist check him over to see if he hasn't scratched his eye. I did that once with contacts and water poured out of my eye.

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 Post subject: Re: Things to expect with an aging Cocker Spaniel
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I am very happy to say that Charlie's eye is back to normal. We used the drops for 7 days and it cleared nicely. I also found a very long eye lash on the outside corner of his eye. I think it might've been hiding inside his eye lid causing most of the problem. I just cut it with a scissor.

Stay tuned for some birthday pictures later :Dance

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