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Well, Lottie had her appointment with the Guide Dog specialist today, who reckons the most likely explanation for her recurring conjunctivitis (every 3-4 weeks for some months now) is that she is allergic to something in our house - could be a cleaning product, or dust, or... anything.

First thing I'm going to do is invest in a Dyson Animal (have been reading that thread with great interest!) and use it religiously, and won't be using any chemical cleaners on our carpet etc. I'm also moving the dogs' beds to the living room, which has a wooden floor. Unfortunately we can't remove/replace the fitted carpet we do have (in the hallway and half of our kitchen area - daft place to have carpet if you ask me!) as we are renting the house.

The specialist recommended that we keep treating Lottie's eyes as usual whenever the conjunctivitis comes back, with Maxitrol eye drops, and keep trying to figure out what she might be allergic to.

Does anyone have any other ideas of what I can do, or had any experience of this type of thing with their lab?
 

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Hi, my puppy Mitzie has had three lots of conjunctivitis. The reason I believe is because every time she sees a puddle, a pond or a bird bath etc.. she puts her whole head into it and gets all the horrid bacteria in her eyes! She can't pass any water without submerging her head in it. :x We have found the eye drops to be too difficult to administer but the vet gave us some gel last time and this worked in two days flat. It is called Fucithalmic and it needs two people to get it in the eye but it certainly has cleared it up this time ( fingers crossed) Good luck. Chocky
 

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Hi, thanks for that, she's actually already had Fucithalmic twice on different occasions. Any eye drops the vet gives us always seem to work but then the conjunctivitis creeps back shortly after the course is finished. I watch Lottie like a hawk while we're out and she doesn't regularly go sniffing at any one particular thing.

One thing I'm grateful for is that because she's had to have eye drops so many times she literally doesn't blink an eye when we have to give them to her, so that part's easy!
 

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when i first got cookie she had a few bouts of conjunctivitus, I was baffled on what it could be until after a bout had cleared up I caught her eating a snail and within a few hours her eyes had puffed up again, and after another rush to the vets in a panic(it's my 1st dog & shes my baby), she was given some piriton and shes not had any bouts since, mainly because i de-snail the garden everyday :)
 
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Murphy has just had conjuctivitus its cleared up, then in the last few days is started in one eye, how do you find out if its an allergy Penny
 

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Good question! I think it's a case of ruling things out (i.e. not entropian eye, or something stuck in there, or not enough tear production - those things are quite easily diagnosed) and then trial and error. I am not totally convinced about the allergy diagnosis - it's the only symptom; no sneezing or itching - but then I'm not an expert. Apparently you can get your dog allergy tested, though they haven't done that for Lottie. It is really frustrating as we just want to know what's causing it!
 

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Thanks lablover, that looks excellent. They haven't suggested any tests; not sure why. I'll suggest it and see what they say.
 
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