Eye discharge in dogs. What is it, and how can you treat it?

Eye discharge is a common problem in dogs, which can become irritable and uncomfortable, especially if not treated quickly. But what is it? And how can you stop your dog from experiencing it? Our team at PetNest is passionate about ensuring your pet enjoys the most comfortable and pampered life possible. So, we’ve broken it down for you below. 

Watery Clear Eye Discharge 

Ever feel watery and backed up in the springtime? Your dog can, too. 

Clear eye discharge is usually a sign of allergies, often caused by pollen, dust and high wind. It usually has a mucus-like texture. If it’s only in one eye, you can assume this is due to your dog having something, like an eyelash, stuck in their eye. However, if it’s in both, you may need to consider allergy medication to prevent extreme build-ups. 

Yellow Eye Discharge 

Dogs experience similar eye problems to humans, and conjunctivitis is one of them. This is best defined as an inflammation of the lining of your dog’s eye, and it can be caused by a range of things, including allergies and tear duct problems. 

As well as yellow eye discharge, conjunctivitis can be characterised by redness, squinting and eyelids that stick together. It is best to take your dog to the vet when you notice these conditions to seek the right medical guidance. Some canine conjunctivitis can also be contagious to humans, so seeking treatment from your doctor can prevent flare-ups. 

Sticky Eye Discharge

Sticky eye discharge normally points to dry eyes, which means your dog’s inability to produce enough tears. This can prevent their eyes from naturally flushing out dirt and debris, which would otherwise cause discomfort.

Sticky eye discharge or dry eyes are caused by injury or infections to the eye, limiting its ability to operate effectively. It usually requires treatment through eye drops or medication to support the recovery of the immune system. It is best to console a vet if dry eyes persist for more than a few days, as this can indicate a deeper issue. 

Are some dogs more prone to eye problems? 

Yes, certain breeds of dogs may be more susceptible to eye problems due to their face shape, immune systems and bone structure. Breeds that may experience excessive eye discharge include flat-faced dogs, such as boxers. At the same time, dogs, such as beagles, with loose facial skin may be more prone to conditions such as conjunctivitis. Learning about breed-specific eye problems can help ensure you manage your pet correctly. 

Our team is here to help 

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