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Published on: October 26, 2022 • By: nat121 · In Forum: Dogs
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nat121
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October 26, 2022 at 08:40pm
Hi does anyone have any idea what this is in my male 2 years eye he is not bothered by it but it’s just appeared many thanks D556BBB0-6744-4D59-80BE-9FEC7A2A3001210FD7B0-DF0A-4A3C-B50C-38FD0BC2058B
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:28am
Hello!  I can see a lot of reflections in this eye which makes it difficult to look into.  To be honest, eyes themselves are best assessed in person in three dimensions and most changes to the eye globe itself should be treated as emergencies until proven otherwise. Assuming that the eye itself is normal and what you are referring to is the sticky matter accumulated on the skin in the corner, which humans might refer to as 'sleep,' there are several explanations for it..... More to Follow
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:46am
Eyes have a very delicate surface, the cornea, and keep it clear with a film of tears.  Impurities such as dust particles or bacteria are balled up into something sticky and carried to the corner as shown.   This happens all the time on a low level but sometimes the speed or thickness of it can be increased, for example if the dog goes somewhere with a lot of particulate dust in the air, or the eye gets dry, or they suffer an upper respiratory infection eg a 'cold.'  Often this does the job and is self limiting, but it can also be a sign or more serious problems eg an ulcer or erosion to the cornea or some underlying illness.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:46am
Eyes have a very delicate surface, the cornea, and keep it clear with a film of tears.  Impurities such as dust particles or bacteria are balled up into something sticky and carried to the corner as shown.   This happens all the time on a low level but sometimes the speed or thickness of it can be increased, for example if the dog goes somewhere with a lot of particulate dust in the air, or the eye gets dry, or they suffer an upper respiratory infection eg a 'cold.'  Often this does the job and is self limiting, but it can also be a sign or more serious problems eg an ulcer or erosion to the cornea or some underlying illness.
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:56am
If the eye is red or sore or itchy, it should be seen (see blog, search red eye).  Likewise if it looks marked or the two eyes appear different from one another.  For bogeys only in an otherwise comfortable eye / pet, the eye may simply be protecting itself from physical injury or infection but this doesn't rule out something more serious going on, so always have a vet check the rest of the patient if you are unsure.
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nat121
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October 27, 2022 at 08:08pm
Thank you very much yes it doesn’t look sore red or itchy and he is not bothered by it but it does look different from the other it’s the corner of the eye which looks like a growth or something to me but ppl are saying it’s not but hoping to get him checked asap
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:06pm
There certainly could be a growth (sinister or otherwise) or a wart there, or even a swollen hair follicle d/t infection or demodex.  This is why we need to see it in person - I had not realised that there was a swelling from the photo.  Please do let us know how you get on!  
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Liz Buchanan BVSc MRCVS
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October 27, 2022 at 09:26pm
There certainly could be a growth (sinister or otherwise) or a wart there, or even a swollen hair follicle d/t infection or demodex.  This is why we need to see it in person - I had not even realised that there was a swelling from the photo!  Please do let us know how you get on.  
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