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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 48 years of experience.
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He can not open his left eye, dog, chiwawa, just now, he was

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Hi he can not open his left eye
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: dog, chiwawa
JA: When did you notice the Chihuahua had this issue with his eyes? Does he have any allergies?
Customer: just now, he was fine last time I have checked him 3 hrs ago
JA: What's the Chihuahua's name and age?
Customer: rexy, almost 13 months
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Rexy?
Customer: Not sure, I am just watching him for my friend as he is out of country right now
Submitted: 16 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Can you upload close-up photos of Rexy's eye to our conversation?  You can upload photos by texting them, or by using the paperclip or add file icons above your message box...if you can see those icons on your device.  You can also use an external app such as dropbox or navigate to justanswer.com/help/using-justanswer and scroll down to "other".

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Hi yes
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Thank you.  I see swelling of the lower eyelid.  Can you take another photos with the eyelids parted, please?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Sure
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
He wont open his eyes at all
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

I understand.  That's called blepharospasm and caused by pain.  Is there a possibility of injury such as from another dog or cat?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Not sure, but there is my friends dog same size as him and they play sometimes
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Thank you.  One more question:  Did the swelling arise after he had been outside?

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I guess so
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Envenomation by flying insect, biting ant, or spider tops my list of differentials.  In these cases, the area is expected to normalize within 72 hours unaided.  Please manually part his eyelids and tell me if the globe of the eye looks any different than the globe of his right eye.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I tried to open his eyes
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
I see
Customer: replied 16 days ago.
He has been outside though, any medication needed for now?
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

Thank you.  Give me a moment to take a look, please.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

I can't see the globe of the eye well due to poor lighting but it's evident to me that the lower eyelid is swollen as if envenomated or traumatized.  This shouldn't require treatment.  I would monitor (only) the eyelid and expect it to normalize over the next 72 hours.  If it worsened, instead, please have his vet examine the area hands-on.

Please continue in this conversation if you wish.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Sure thanks so much.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

You're quite welcome.  I can't set a follow up in this venue and so please return to our conversation with an update at your convenience.

Customer: replied 16 days ago.
Sure, will be in touch with you after 72hrs. Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 16 days ago.

I appreciate it.