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Ask Dr. Dolamore

Dear Dr. Dolamore, I have a 7-year-old Pomeranian and one eye has been looking redder than the other and he has been squinting it a bit. How do I know if he has a problem?

A.O., Silverthorne

By definition, a squinting eye is an emergency because although there are some minor things that can cause it, there are also some dangerous things too. If you see anything wrong with the eyes, it should be addressed immediately because your dog only has two eyes and can’t afford to lose its sight in one. Squinting is a sign of pain or discomfort and needs to be examined by your veterinarian right away.

Some possible causes include a scratch on the cornea, which is the clear part of the eye, infection, inflammation, foreign objects, glaucoma and reduced tear production. Your doctor will examine both eyes closely and do some tests to narrow down the possible causes. In some instances you may be referred to an ophthalmologist for further diagnostic tests. The take-home message here is DO NOT WAIT. Eye problems are considered an emergency because of their vulnerability and importance to your dog for quality of life. Call your veterinarian and take your dog in now. You will be glad you did.

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