Dear VetBabble: My Puppy’s Eye is Swollen and Yellow: What Should I Do?
As a pet parent, there is nothing more distressing than seeing your furry friend in discomfort or pain. A question comes from a worried about their six-month-old puppy who has come down with a swollen left eye. There’s no hair around his eye, his eyelid is bleeding, and there’s an infection visibly oozing out of the wound. And adding to the alarm, the white part of his eye has turned yellow. What can be done in such a dire situation? While there’s no need to panic, the symptoms warrant serious attention. This could range from a simple infection to something more formidable like a tumour. Therefore, the most important step is immediate vet intervention. This article will explore some common causes of these symptoms in dogs and why prompt veterinary care is so critical.
Probable Causes of Eye Injuries
From what you’ve described, it sounds like your pup may be suffering from one or more common eye conditions that dogs are susceptible to. The swelling and bleeding could be due to physical trauma or an eye infection. Dogs are notoriously curious creatures, and their desire to sniff and dig can sometimes lead to foreign objects in the eye, causing both immediate and prolonged discomfort. On the other hand, the absence of hair around the eye could indicate a skin infection or could be a symptom of a more serious underlying health concern. Dogs, especially young ones, are prone to scrapes and minor wounds while playing or exploring, and if left unattended, these can result in infections or complications.
Why the Eye is Yellow
The yellowing of the eye white, known as jaundice, is of particular concern. This is often an indicator of liver disease. The liver is responsible for removing toxins from the blood, and when its function is compromised, bilirubin—a yellow pigment—builds up in the body, causing the yellowing of the skin, and most noticeably, the whites of the eyes. Unfortunately, liver disease can be serious if not treated quickly and appropriately. While this isn’t definitive and can only be confirmed by a veterinarian, it’s crucial to note the existence of such symptoms to understand the potential severity of your dog’s situation.
Immediate Treatment and Way Forward
Regardless of the cause, immediate action needs to be taken when your dog exhibits such symptoms — especially to manage discomfort and prevent the situation from escalating. Visit your emergency vet at once for an examination and a treatment plan. While you’re preparing to take your dog to the vet, some first aid could help reduce your dog’s discomfort. Remember, however, that home treatments are not a substitute for professional veterinary care but a bridge until one can be sought. Regular checks on your dog’s overall health can help spot symptoms early. In many cases like this, early detection can be a lifesaver. Paying attention to potential ear infections could ward off a descent into more significant health issues that could manifest symptoms elsewhere — like the eye in this instance. Ultimately, a well-loved pet is a well-looked-after pet. Keeping an eye out for any changes or discomfort and taking quick action is the best way to ensure your furry friend’s health and well-being. Safe pet parenting to all of you!