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Why Are My Dog’s Eyes Dilated and Why Can’t She Relax or Stop Moving?


Dear VetBabble,

My dog’s eyes are very dilated, and she cannot relax, constantly moving. I’m not sure what is going on? Can you provide some information on what might be the issue and what I should do?

Understanding Your Dog’s Symptoms

Hi there, concerned pet owner! Thanks for reaching out to us. It’s essential to address your dog’s unusual behavior and discomfort immediately. Dilated pupils and restlessness can be symptoms of various issues, ranging from mild to serious. It is possible that your dog may have ingested something toxic or is experiencing a medical issue. We’re here to offer some advice and information to help you navigate the situation, but always remember to contact your vet for further evaluation and possible treatment.

Common Reasons for Dilated Pupils and Restlessness in Dogs

Let’s start by identifying some common causes for your dog’s symptoms:

  1. Eating something harmful: Dogs are curious creatures, and they often explore their environment (and taste-test various household items) with their mouths. If you suspect that your dog has ingested something potentially toxic, it’s essential to act promptly. Inspect your home and surroundings for any signs of torn up or damaged items. Check out this helpful guide on what to do when your dog ate something it shouldn’t have!
  2. Vision issues: Dilated pupils can be a sign of possible eye issues such as glaucoma, retina inflammation, or cataracts, among others. Get more information on common eye conditions in dogs to see if any conditions match your dog’s symptoms.
  3. Pain or discomfort: Restlessness and agitation may indicate that your dog is in pain or feeling uncomfortable. Check for any signs of injury or discomfort such as swelling, limping, or labored breathing.
  4. Neurological issues: In some cases, dilated pupils and agitation may be symptoms of a neurological problem, such as seizures or other brain disorders. Learn more about seizures in dogs and consult with your vet if you suspect neurological abnormalities.
  5. Gastrointestinal problems: If your dog appears nauseous or experiences vomiting, this could be a sign of gastrointestinal issues that could cause your dog’s discomfort. Review this article on vomiting in dogs: causes, treatment, and when to worry to further assess your situation.

Next Steps and Precautions

No matter the cause, it’s essential to monitor your dog closely and contact your vet to discuss the symptoms and determine the most appropriate course of action. In the meantime, ensure your dog is safe and comfortable, and remove any possible hazards from her environment.

Remember, the information provided here should not be taken as definitive medical advice. We are here to help guide you in understanding your dog’s condition better, but always trust your instincts and consult your trusted veterinarian for further evaluation and treatment.

Best of luck, and we hope your furry friend starts feeling better soon!

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