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      We had similar issues with Bacon a few weeks ago. It turned out to be allergies. Bacon had been swimming a lot and the vet said that there was no sign of infection or inflammation. We got some "soothing" eye ointment to help clear up the allergic reaction.
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      Lulu actually hates water, so she doesn't swim. Strange for a lab, I know. My brother found her on their street in the middle of a massive thunder storm when she was around 4 weeks old. The vet said she wasn't really even old enough to be weaned and she was pretty thin, so we're thinking she associates water with all things bad. We've got an appointment today, so hopefully the pink eye is all it is. Although I'm also hoping for ointment instead of drops. I'm sure those are easier to administer to a squirming lab. But we've even giving treats every time she lets me clean the hoop without trying to get away, so I'm hoping it'll lessen the stress when the vet examines. Either way, we're taking lots of treats to the vet for him to give her during the exam so she'll begin to associate him with good things! I'll keep everyone posted and thanks for all the input and advice!

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      A lot of good luck on the vet visit and fingers and paws crossed for good results of the examination, hoping it's nothing serious and/or difficult to treat.
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      Good news: no pink eye! The vet seemed to think it was possibly allergies, although he did say it was strange that it only affected one eye. He did a stain and said there were no ulcers, scratches, or anything else to make him think it was anything other than an allergic reaction. Since I live in a rental property, he said the yard people could have changed chemicals for the grass or the recent mowing could have set something off in that one eye. He sent us home with some ointment that has hydrocortisone in it to stay on for 4-5 days and then go from there.

      However, he did originally think that she had poked her eye as she has lipid deposits. She has small lipid deposits in both eyes and has had them for over a year (that I've noticed). My brother, who had her before I did, said the vet he took her too before they moved didn't seem overly concerned about them, as it didn't seem to have any negative effects on her vision or anything like that. He told me to get on Google and look up lipid deposits. He also said it could be scarring in both eyes, which would mean nothing, but that the lipid deposits could mean something serious such as a metabolic disorder (or also could be nothing serious). He recommended a Dr. Pentlarge in the Athens, GA area as the top opthamologist in the area. Any one from GA have any experiences with her? Or anyone have a dog with lipid deposits? I noticed them over a year ago, but they haven't gotten any larger, changed colors, or affected her vision, so I'm not overly concerned and the vet wasn't either. I just honestly don't have the money to take her right now because I am a college student and I work on campus, so I'm not making much (which I know makes me sound like an awful dog mom). I make enough to make sure we've got all we need and to set aside some for instances like this when she needs medical attention, but I dont have a couple hundred dollars to pay for gas and extensive tests at a specialist. So if possible, I'd prefer to wait it out and go when I'm more financially stable. But I would like to have it checked out. In the meantime, is there anything I can do to possibly help with the lipid deposits or any specific signs I should watch out for?

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