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 Post subject: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 7:44 am 
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Hello,

We've been to various vets without success for our Cocker Spaniel's eye problem, he rubs his eyes on the edge of the couch continually causing irritation around his eyes. We have 3 spaniels from the same litter and only one has this problem. I am unsure if the condition is a result of his eyes being itchy and him rubbing his eyelids on objects (such as the edge of the couch) or if it is a skin condition around his eyes. Multiple vets have been unable to assist and each recommendation contradicts the other... some say it's an inverted eyelids requiring surgey, some say dry eyes, other say its a skin condition. Any assistance would be appreciated or ways to 'troubleshoot' his health problems on our own. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 2:04 pm 
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Poor thing! Has his thyroid been checked?

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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 3:37 pm 
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Find an Eye Care for Animals clinic by you.
http://www.eyecareforanimals.com/new-pa ... -near-you/

My Maurice had scratched his cornea and was miserable. The specialist gave him some meds and eye drops and in a week he was better.
I paid $100 for the first visit. And Costco sells the meds cheaper than the Clinic charged me. Give it a try and good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 8:30 pm 
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Thank you both. No his thyroid has not been checked, could that be a possible symptom?

And I will try an eye clinic for dogs, I just don't want him to keep going through this.


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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:17 am 
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It may not have anything to do with it, but it is worth a check. Thyroid problems can cause skin issues. The basic thyroid check the vet does is fine, but hemopet, a lab in california, also checks ALL thyroid levels.

http://www.hemopet.org/hemolife-diagnos ... sting.html

Could be food intolerance too, but hard to say.

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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
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Along with the thyroid, I would find a doggy dermatologist. It could be food allergies, but the little bags under the eye look more like a skin disorder of a different source. I am sure it is painful and itches, but you might want to consider putting a cone on him so he doesn't rub and damage his eyes.

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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 2:58 pm 
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MarciaM wrote:
Find an Eye Care for Animals clinic by you.
http://www.eyecareforanimals.com/new-pa ... -near-you/

My Maurice had scratched his cornea and was miserable. The specialist gave him some meds and eye drops and in a week he was better.
I paid $100 for the first visit. And Costco sells the meds cheaper than the Clinic charged me. Give it a try and good luck!


You could try TERRAMYCIN it's hard to find. We are just guessing.

You don't need to be a member to use COSTCO pharmacy, they only charge ten percent above cost so less markup.

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 Post subject: Re: Cocker Spaniel Eye Problem - Itchy Eyes
PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 5:25 pm 
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My first cocker was allergic to the spring pollens, both trees and grasses. Her eyes would run and get really nasty looking if I didn't take care of them daily. She also would rub her eyes, on just about anything- the sofa, the carpet, against a door frame. Once I caught her getting ready to rub them on the concrete!

We used several things for her. First of all, I washed the skin and hair around her eyes with a warm cloth morning and evening. She got drops that added moisture, which helped flush out the pollen, prevented dry eye reaction, and decreased the chance of scratching a cornea. And every few days, I put an antibiotic drop in each eye.

I washed her blanket a couple of times a week. And I was careful to wipe her feet when she came inside, reducing the pollen she was tracking in. Plus her favorite resting position was head on front paws...

The first couple of years I was panicked. The third time my regular vet reminded me we'd had the same issues at just about the same time the years before, and had treated it very successfully. And indeed, her whole 17.5 years we dealt with allergies every spring.

I second the recommendation to visit the doggy eye doctor, since you are getting conflicting opinions. Once you know what you are seeing, the treatment should not be hard. (my regular vet consulted with the eye doc for my dog).

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