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3 month old puppy with droopy eyes.

I have been reading through the posts on here and I wanted to get an opinion from you all along with the vet. My golden retriever is 3 months old and I'm concerned about her eyes being so droopy. She's got it almost all the time and one eye is constantly teary.
Will she ever out grow that droopy eye stage and grow into her face or is this something that I need to consult with the vet again?

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Unfortunately, the photos did not post, so could you please try again? Thanks, and welcome to the forum.
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The photo is not loading for me either, but it is likely that it is just a puppy thing.

My pup is just 3-months as well and his eyes, especially the lower eyelids, are a bit droopy and red. I went to my vet and she said that it's just that the lymph nodes are under the eyes, and they are just reacting to the rest of the world so they are a bit more active. She said there is nothing to worry about. But I will check back again when the picture is loaded!

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I had that problem in one eye of my current bitch. It did tighten up as she aged, and was gone by 12 months. But sometimes when she's tired it will droop a little. I have a friend with a show bitch that has both eyes are droopy. They never tightened. Even so her girl has a GCh, so the judges must not care. Personally it looks uncomfortable, and I would prefer a dog without droopy eyes.

I would go see a ophthalmologist and get an opinion. General practice vets really don't seem to know much about eyes. I would also speak to the breeder to see what's going on. Did you see the dam of the litter? Did she have any droopy eye situation?

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From what I've heard, there is a chance your puppy will grow into it. But in my case, my puppy is 10 months old and if anything it got worse. He has recurring eye irritations, and for now I just make sure to flush his eyes out with eye wash every time he comes back from playing outside. Since he has had really bad eye irritations several times now, our vet has recommended surgery to shorten the lids. He's getting this surgery at 12 months while he is under for neuter so we can get both done at the same time. I don't mean to scare you, other cases may be able to be managed with eye washes only. This is just my own experience with it.

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I had that problem in one eye of my current bitch. It did tighten up as she aged, and was gone by 12 months. But sometimes when she's tired it will droop a little. I have a friend with a show bitch that has both eyes are droopy. They never tightened. Even so her girl has a GCh, so the judges must not care. Personally it looks uncomfortable, and I would prefer a dog without droopy eyes.

I would go see a ophthalmologist and get an opinion. General practice vets really don't seem to know much about eyes. I would also speak to the breeder to see what's going on. Did you see the dam of the litter? Did she have any droopy eye situation?
I'm surprised to hear a golden earned her GCh with droopy eyes. That's a shame. I always thought the purpose of earning their championships is that they meet the breed standard and are therefore "worthy" of breeding. My puppy came from a Ch X Gch breeding with all up to date clearances. I know it doesn't bring any guarantees, but I just hope it's being regulated out there in the show world. Since droopy eyes are intermittent and tense up when the dog is excited or looking upward, I can see how a judge or vet can miss it during a show or even an eye exam. I've seen several puppies come from reputable breeders lately with drooping eyelids. My boy's eye issues are so bad sometimes that they swell up and he can't keep them open. Hoping his surgery helps eliminate this! I won't even take him to the beach to play because I'm sure sand would get lodged in there. I never knew this was something to watch out for in Goldens until now. Hoping that judge was in the minority and that it will be regulated in the future.

This is my boy during a big flare up, droopy eyes do not make for a sound dog : https://www.dropbox.com/s/pbtxjtt2ca...%20AM.mov?dl=0

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I definitely have nothing that bad with my bitch. I would find the best opthamologist or university with a vet school and get those eye lids fixed. I would also be on the look out for additional eye issues. I would not use a general practice vet for this surgery. The GCh I am referring to also did not have eyes anything like in the video.

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Ooh, that looks so painful for your dog! As Stacey said, it's time to go see an opthamologist - even if it's normally only half that bad, it must be really uncomfortable.
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I definitely have nothing that bad with my bitch. I would find the best opthamologist or university with a vet school and get those eye lids fixed. I would also be on the look out for additional eye issues. I would not use a general practice vet for this surgery. The GCh I am referring to also did not have eyes anything like in the video.
Yes, definitely. We have a terrific opthamologist who will be performing the surgery. If I trust anyone, it would be him. He treated my last senior Golden for non-healing ulcers and quickly diagnosed him at 11 years old with GRPU which regular vets never noticed -- ever since then I go straight to the specialist with any eye issues. Hope you know my comments were not directed at your bitch since it clearly tightened up with growth. The opthamologist saw him a couple months ago and treated him for follicular conjunctivitis. Will be going back soon for a recheck and to discuss surgery.

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I hope the original poster lets us know what they are going to do with their pup's eyes.

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Ooh, that looks so painful for your dog! As Stacey said, it's time to go see an opthamologist - even if it's normally only half that bad, it must be really uncomfortable.
Oh it's usually not that bad - it has only been that bad a few times. When that happens, we go to the vet and she prescribes eye drops that clears it up fast. It's usually just droopy and a little red. If he's panting (this tenses up the skin) or looking up then they can look perfectly normal. He already saw an opthamologist a few months ago when these big flare ups began. At that time he said if he keeps having issues then we can perform surgery to shorten the lids. Will go back soon to discuss surgery because it did continue.

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