Eye Proptosis in Dogs

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If you notice your dog has a proptosed eye, prompt veterinary attention is required.

Once home after treatment, many dogs must wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent pawing or rubbing at the sutured eye. Keep the collar on at all times, unless supervised.

If the eyelids have been sutured closed, examine them daily. Watch for signs of swelling, bleeding or yellow-green, infected discharge, and notify your veterinarian should they occur. Apply medications to the eye as prescribed. Notify your veterinarian immediately if you are having trouble giving any medications. Also watch for signs of lethargy or sluggishness, decreased appetite or fever. These may indicate infection in the area of the eye, and your veterinarian should be notified.

The only way to prevent proptosed eyes is to try to prevent the trauma that leads to the problem. Keeping your dog confined significantly reduces the chance of this type of trauma.

For those breeds that have excessively large eyelid openings or have a tendency to proptose their eyes, there is a surgical procedure that can be done to make the eyelid opening smaller.

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