Eye Irritation

by Alta Ellis
(Reno, NV 89433)

Keep Dog Eye Infections At Bay - Keep Them Clean!

Keep Dog Eye Infections At Bay - Keep Them Clean!

My dog gets crusty eyes - one eye is much worse than the other. I've tried eye antibiotics and they still get gooey.

Does anyone have any idea of what this is and how I should treat it?

Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)

Hi Alta,

Where the discharge is runny and watery, it's possible that it's allergy related, ie pollen, or other air-born particles.

However, if your dog's eyes are gloopy and/or crusty, he may have an eye infection or a condition such as conjunctivitis or dry eye.

Conjunctivitis is a fairly common eye problem in dogs and is sometimes referred to as pinkeye.

It's where the inside of the eyelid becomes inflamed, causing the eyes to weep or itch, and a yellow, grey or green discharge may form a crust over the eye.

The best thing to do if you believe your dog has an eye infection is to see your vet, however, there are some things you can do to keep infection at bay, and/or relieve any discomfort from an existing infection.

Keeping your dog's eyes clean is the first step and depending upon the severity of the problem, you may need to clean your dog's eyes up to three times a day.

Use cotton wool soaked in either a saline solution (half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in one cup of distilled water), normal distilled water or, if your dog's eyes are dry, olive oil.

Gently wipe across your dog's eyes from the inside out.

Use a clean one for each eye to avoid cross infection and be very careful not to scratch or touch your dog's eyeball.

You can learn more about dog eye problems and what to do about them here.

Eye problems in our dogs can also be an indication of an underlying illness so it really is essential that you arrange a trip to the vets if your dog develops any eye infections.

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Gloopy Eyes
by: Anonymous

My dog had gloopy eyes last year (yeah, both of them!) and when I took him to the vets I was told he had conjunctivitis in both. I think it was transferred from one eye to the other because at first he only had the infection in one eye.

My vet showed me how to check his eyes and how to clean them. I was to look at them every day and remove any gunk out of the corner of his eyes, using either a clean finger or a piece of dampened lint-free cloth. I was given drops to clean up the infection, but I think you can get normal eye drops that can be used daily or weekly.

He also said that the whites of his eyes should be white and clear and that any pink or redness was a sign that all was not well.

I check my dog's eyes every day now and it's become a habit and is no big deal.

Hope your dog's eyes are better now!

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