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    Both my 3 year old lab and 7 month CBR have goopy eyes just about every morning. They don't seem itchy or irritating to the the dogs, they don't squint or paw at them, but there does seem to be a little redness in the lids. I rinse the older dog's eyes with a wash but can not hold onto the youngster to do it, he HATES it! This has been going on for months with no worsening but not going away either. So I just wipe the goo out with a kleenex and go on. Could it be they have a similar allergy to something?
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    Is it yellowish goop, or just clear? Both of mine end up with goopy eyes after running in tall grass fields or swimming and I usually attribute it to having gotten something in the eye that they're washing out. I usually don't worry if it's clear or a little dirty (like when they play in mom's garden) but if it ever is yellowish or greenish I tend to think it's more serious. Has flushing made any difference?
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    This is gross, but it just looks like snot, maybe a "little" yellowish, but not bad. The flushing helps with the right now, but next day it will be back. They do run through the marsh grasses just about every day, but only get water training about once a week.
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    All my dogs get a slightly beige goopy looking eye discharge - my vet said it was just the result of living around Florida pollen. Their eyes aren't inflamed just a bit goopy - like your dogs, it doesn't bother them at all. Since you're in SE US, maybe the same sort of thing.

    Last year one of the dogs got an eye irritation from a foreign body and that was much different - really red and inflamed looking.
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    More than likely just fall goop. Change of weather, drier, etc. Happens every fall. I would only worry about it if it really gets inflamed or they itch/scratch, etc. But that's unlikely... It's just like when we have "sleepers" in our eyes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2tall View Post
    Both my 3 year old lab and 7 month CBR have goopy eyes just about every morning. They don't seem itchy or irritating to the the dogs, they don't squint or paw at them, but there does seem to be a little redness in the lids. I rinse the older dog's eyes with a wash but can not hold onto the youngster to do it, he HATES it! This has been going on for months with no worsening but not going away either. So I just wipe the goo out with a kleenex and go on. Could it be they have a similar allergy to something?


    have you been to a vet? conjunctivitis possibly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL View Post
    have you been to a vet? conjunctivitis possibly?
    Especially when both have the same symptoms. Good call.
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    Just a reminder..... 8 days in ICU for Honor and almost a career wrecker.

    If the discharge has been yellow and on-going, I'd personally think it's time for some antibiotics. Conjunctivitis is a good call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fowl Play WA View Post
    Especially when both have the same symptoms. Good call.
    I have been there, it can be very difficult to get rid of. Ointment will clear symptoms up right away but if you dont use the ointment for the entire prescribed time it will come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL View Post
    I have been there, it can be very difficult to get rid of. Ointment will clear symptoms up right away but if you dont use the ointment for the entire prescribed time it will come back.
    My daughter and I get pink eye each year at the beginning of school. It sucks.
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