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    Infected eye
    An_221144 posted:
    My pup has an infected eye with mucous coming out of it. It also looked like he has scratched his eyeball. How do I treat this?
    Violets_are_Blue responded:
    If you believe he has scratched his eye, it would be best to get him to a vet as soon as you are able to. Over the counter eye drops will not treat an infection and it could get worse. Your vet will more than likely need to do a corneal stain to check if he has scratched his eye before they will prescribe anything (antibiotic eydrops with steroids can cause an eye with a scratch to become even worse). Try to keep him from itching it until you are able to get him in with either close supervision or an e-collar.

    I hope it is nothing serious and it heals up well.
    Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
    HI Anon,
    Sorry for the delay.
    I agree with the answer below. Corneal scratches are painful and nothing to be ignored. Your veterinarian is the best resource to identify how severe the problem might be and the best ointment to treat it. There are several choices in antibiotic ointments, and steroids we want to avoid if there is truly a scratch. I never like to wait on eye problems as they can quickly get worse.
    Dr. Sandy

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