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Old 11-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it normal for white GSD to frequently look like they are crying?

There is some dark discharge running from his eyes at times, or maybe he's tearing because when i touch his eyes they are white. This happens often when he's upset and shut in the crate, definitely looks like he's crying.

Or...should i see a vet? (I don't like putting drugs on him and there are no holistic vets in the vicinity.)
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've never noticed any eye discharge with Lakota, she'll be 3 in January. I'd talk to my vet about it if I were you.
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It could be allergies. I'd speak with a vet.
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I'd say probably allergies too, can't hurt to have a vet check it out.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks, I just realized you are probably right. And along with the running eyes, he seems to be breathing too laboriously for a puppy.

I suspect it is chicken.

I currently feed him a blend comprising of
-Merrick puppy kibbles (Organic Chicken, Turkey Meal, Oatmeal, Duck, Chicken Meal, Whole Barley, Whole Brown Rice, Flax Seed, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols – a source of Natural Vitamin E and Ascorbic Acid, a source of Vitamin C), Freeze Dried Sweet Potatoes, Freeze Dried Carrots, Freeze Dried Peas, Natural Dried Chicken Liver, Freeze Dried Apples,)

-Merrick puppy canned (Deboned Turkey, Chicken Broth, Chicken, Duck, Peas, Sweet Potato, Carrots, Apples, Potato, Dried Egg Product, Natural Chicken Flavor,)

-Mashed pumpkins

-omega 3 supplement.

Treats = lamb lungs, chicken liver, dog biscuits, occasional greenies, various bones, tails, ears.

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In the past 2 weeks I'd increased the amount of treats by adding the chicken liver treats. He used to just get lamb lungs.

The problem with the elimination diet is the puppy kibbles he's on seems to contain all ingredients, so I don't know how feed exclusively an igredient he's never been exposed to. I suspect it is either chicken or wheat, but not sure which. (Biscuits also contain wheat probably, and the number of biscuits he's received has increased)

I've even given him buffalo canned food before. What other proteins are there? I think I have to do duck.
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Our GSD started with the eye goobers at about age 3. She has Pannus, but it's primarily affecting her 3rd eyelid and has responded to the eye drops very well. She still has a little bit of goobery stuff, but nothing like it was, and her conjunctiva are no longer bright red.

If your dietary changes make no difference, have your dog evaluated by a veterinary opthamologist for Pannus. There are different types and some cause blindness. The earlier you begin treating, the better.
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Thanks, I just realized you are probably right. And along with the running eyes, he seems to be breathing too laboriously for a puppy.
I wouldn't waste any time and get an appt. at the vet.
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