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    Hi there,

    I've just found that my dog has conjunctivitis, which was diagnosed by a friend who has done most of a vets degree (she was visiting at the time). I was then informed that he would not need to go to the vets for eye drops. That wiping his eye with warm water a couple of times a day will help with the itching, and it will just go away in about a week or so. Is this correct?

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    I've never had it with my dogs..but my horse used to get it..and my kids have also had it. Wash the eye with warm salty water...using a different cotton ball for each eye (not a tissue as they fall apart and could leave stuff in the eye). Do this atleast twice a day. It's aslo very contagious...so make sure you wash your hands and keep your pooch away from others untill the eyes are all cleared up. Saline water is also another rinse option.
    If the eyes are really red and bad...not clearing up after a cpl of days, you probably should see the vet about some eyedrops

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    Thanks, Ozeymum

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    Or get a saline at the chemist. It's not expensive and it's useful to have it in your first aid kit for washing wounds etc, for humans or animals

    edit: I just saw ozeymum's reply sorry!

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    Thanks to those that replied. I bathed Leo's eyes daily, and they've cleared up now. He's looking great now

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    How long did it take for his eyes to get better. I was doing this with Jenna's eyes and it did appear to be getting better but then It started in her other eye and I caved and took her to the vets. I was too scared I wasn't doing the right thing.
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    About a week and a half. He never got it in his other eye.

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    Thanks. I think, maybe, I should have persevered with the eye bathing and saved my self $80!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    Thanks. I think, maybe, I should have persevered with the eye bathing and saved my self $80!!!
    Peace of mind is worth $80 Tkay.

    Eyes are not things I mess around with. Some simple eye infections respond well to bathing with a mild saline solution. Others get worse. Often by the time an owner takes their dog to a Vet the condition has become very serious. Lots of dogs have lost an eye simply because they were not taken to a Vet in time.

    If in doubt always consult a Vet, especially when it comes to eyes. This is a lesson I learnt by bitter experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhound View Post
    Peace of mind is worth $80 Tkay.

    Eyes are not things I mess around with. Some simple eye infections respond well to bathing with a mild saline solution. Others get worse. Often by the time an owner takes their dog to a Vet the condition has become very serious. Lots of dogs have lost an eye simply because they were not taken to a Vet in time.

    If in doubt always consult a Vet, especially when it comes to eyes. This is a lesson I learnt by bitter experience.
    Wise words DH.
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    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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