As you can see in the picture, there is a film in the lower right corner of her right eye. The pupil also appears to be ‘off-centre’.

Every morning we have to clean the gunk out of the corner of her eye, which is obviously not pleasant for her.

The gunk only appears over-night, unlike true conjunctivitis. I would welcome any advice you can offer.

GUNDOG VET

Neil McIntosh

Poor Pip. I am afraid it looks like she is suffering from Horner?s syndrome (named after the Swiss ophthalmologist, Johann Friedrich Horner), which is a fairly common unilateral neurological disorder of the eye.

The picture clearly shows paralysis of the third eyelid (in the inside lower corner of the eye).

This makes it look like the pupil is out of position. Additionally, there is ptosis (drooping of the eyelids), miosis (constriction of the pupil) and enophthalmus (recession of the eyeball into the socket).

Wastage of the right side facial muscles may become obvious over time.

Frequently, the cause is not discovered but possibilities include: middle ear infections producing head shaking and loss of balance, recent jugular blood sampling, bite wounds to the neck and facial trauma.

It will be no consolation to you to learn that the condition is more common in Golden Retrievers Rarely (and generally in middle age to older dogs), there could be thoracic, mediastinal or spinal tumour – but don’t panic, I said rarely!!

The conjunctiva often looks red and poor lid movement results in the overnight gunk. So. Yes. I am afraid I agree with you and not your vet!

It doesn’t look like this is a simple conjunctivitis. There is no real treatment and, bluntly, patients either get better or they don?t.

A wee return visit to check some of the possibilities out might be in order.