We went to see the eye doctor yesterday and found out that it is actually eczema. If the eczema gets worse or is not treated it can scar his eye. And if it spreads over the iris it can affect his vision. Also, this is a recurring condition, just like the eczema on his skin. He has mild eczema on his skin, and it flares up with the changing of the seasons, but I have never heard of eczema on the eye. The eye doctor asked if we have any pets at home...and when I think back, the spot on his eye appeared after the week that Abel started losing his coat. Jesse had mowed the lawn for the first time the week before as well. This eye eczema is caused by allergies, and whether it is seasonal allergies or an allergy to Abel, I am sure it is exaggerated by Abel either losing his coat or bringing clippings of weeds and grass in on his paws. The treatment, steroid eye ointment and removing the allergens as best as we can.
If Abel was healthy, I am sure this would be reason to find him a new home. However, we have been on the fence about whether it is time to say goodbye to Abel. He has gotten to where he has to lay down even to eat his food. So, I guess this situation has made a hard decision a little easier. Abel went to stay with Jesse's mom last night, and Jesse will make an appointment for Friday to take Abel in. I can't make the appointment. Abel is a very calm dog, so when he was in the house it was still pretty quite, but last night I noticed that there is just "something" missing when he's not there. This is going to be a rough week!