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In the last couple of hours my dogs eye has become very red

and inflamed. She is struggling... Show More
and inflamed. She is struggling to yawn and is pacing, panting and trembling.
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Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your girl's eye has become very red and inflamed and she is showing obvious signs of discomfort including pacing, panting and trembling. Yawning can be a sign of stress, anxiety and nausea, but in her case it could also be an attempt to relieve pressure she is feeling around her eye. The back molar roots end up just underneath the eye and if we have an abscess back there it creates quite a bit of pressure. Initially dogs may try to yawn to relieve that pressure (just like we do to relieve ear/sinus pressure when in a plane). If the pressure is increased or ongoing it can become very painful to even open their mouth or try to chew. At this point with the history given it is hard to tell if she has a primary eye problem (painful developing glaucoma or uveitis due to an infection or primary inflammatory conditions that can occur in the eye) or whether she has a dental abscess in the back of her mouth or a mass. There isn't anything that you can do for her at home, and if this is glaucoma (increased eye pressure) that can quickly lead to permanent vision loss, so I highly recommend that your girl be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. They can check her eye pressures and start medications to relieve her pain while more testing is done. Please let me know if you have any further questions.