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Old 07-25-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Our little black brush coat shar-pei has a white film over one eye at times, some days it isnt as noticeable. The vet gave us allergy medicine for her last year bcs her eyes are sensitive, he said. She seems to see okay, but we are concerned.

Any idea what this could be? She is only 5. Thanks for any ideas of what this could be.
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Old 07-25-2013, 07:54 PM
 
Location: State College PA
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Cataracts are in the lens, which are the inside of the eye. You seem to be talking about the cornea, which is the surface of the eye. That can be caused by a few different things, which would be diagnosed by your vet and a visual inspection. If your vet doesn't know, seek out another vet or go to a veterinary opthalmologist (not nearly as expensive as you might think).

Auto-immune and lipids are causes, for starters...
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Thank you. she seems to have dry skin and some 'bubbling' also, the vet told us its related to high histamine levels.

Could soy in food be an issue?. I had a pei that had issues from soybeans too.
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Old 07-31-2013, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Durm
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it's probably worth it to go to an eye specialist - my shih tzu had corneal edema so we used to see one. It's true that it's not as expensive as you think. She was put on eye meds for life (which she enjoyed, must have been soothing) - it was important so that her eye didn't get worse. They'll do a good full workup at the eye vet.

Here's one in Fairfax that looks really good:

VetVision and Dr. Corcoran
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: FL
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You bet food could be an issue. My dog is a mutt but oh so sensitive to food. She used to scratch ALL the time. I constantly checked for fleas but she never had them. When she did she got dermatitis! What a mess, poor dog! She's a picky eater and decided she didn't care for her dog food so I took her to PetCo and let her choose, seriously. After a few weeks I noticed she stopped scratching. Hmm. She scratches whenever she eats certain brands of food. She will also react to certain brands of dog shampoo so I'm careful what I use, I've even switched to zero laundry detergent as she sleeps on my bed and has a chair that covered with a slipcover that I launder. Hope your dog's eyes improve.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Soy could be a source for allergy. Try feeding a grain-free or limited ingredient food (Natural Balance is one you can try).
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:37 AM
 
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Remember, dogs don't read or drive, cataracts are not hurting your dog. And vision is not a dogs main sense.

Have it checked out, but don't worry if you can't afford the cataract surgery for your dog.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Durm
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Remember, dogs don't read or drive, cataracts are not hurting your dog. And vision is not a dogs main sense.

Have it checked out, but don't worry if you can't afford the cataract surgery for your dog.
True, but it's very important to get it checked out to see if it even is cataracts. My dog's corneal edema always looked like cataracts to the non-vet eye (including me), but it wasn't...if it hadn't been treated she would have developed a painful ulcer on her cornea. So OP - eye diseases can be many things - definitely worth it to find out what it is.
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