Doggie Eye Boogies And What They Mean
Jake laying on my boot so I don't leave.
This is Jake. He lays his head on my shoes when I get ready to leave. If I wait too long, he just falls asleep on them. These are photos taken in sequence to show you. What a cutie! He makes me laugh and feel guilty at the same time!
Breeds with loose facial skin, like bloodhounds, cocker spaniels, beagles, Saint Bernards, and some terriers, are more prone to eyelids that roll outward (ectropion), as well as cherry eye, a condition that occurs when a gland in the eyelid falls out of position. While antibiotics and steroids can help, surgery is often necessary for these conditions.
Common causes of dog eye discharge include ulcers, entropion, keratoconjunctivitis sicca and conjunctivitis (allergic or bacterial).
*Excessively watery eyes, also known as epiphora, is often due to the shape of many breeds’ eyes.
*However, certain conditions can also cause epiphora. These disorders may include sinusitis, trauma, fractures, tumors, obstructed tear ducts or inflammation.
*However, if the stained fur has an unpleasant, persistent odor, your dog may need more than a bath.
*This accompanying smell may be the result of an infection or a number of other medical conditions ranging from allergies to tumors.
*If you determine the discoloration is normal but unsightly, you may want to remove the tear stains.
*While most recommend consulting with your vet before treating these patches, there are a few steps you can take to minimize them.
*One option is to trim the hair close to the eyes to prevent tear accumulation, and regularly wipe the area with a damp cloth.
*You might also apply mild hydrogen peroxide or Visine to lighten the stain until the fur grows out again.
*Just avoid getting these solutions in your dog’s eyes!
*In addition to dog eye discharge frequency, it’s also imperative you note it’s color, as it may be a sign of particular health issues.
*You might also notice your pup squinting, blinking frequently or pawing at his eyes in an attempt to ease the discomfort.
*If this is the case, consult your vet as soon as possible to prevent any permanent damage.
*However, eye infections may also cause dry eye — also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCS.
*Without tears, the dog’s eyes try to lubricate themselves with a white-gray mucus. Yet this discharge only makes them red, itchy and painful.
*If left untreated, KCS can cause ulcers and even blindness.
If you notice this mucus, take your dog to the vet, who may prescribe artificial tears or other medications.
*If you notice your dog suffering from epiphora or any colored discharge, try wiping his face with a soft, wet cloth. Doing this on a regular basis will help remove excess gunk and crusties that would otherwise irritate their eyes.
*Avoid cleaning the area around their eyes with your fingers, as it’s quite sensitive. If your dog moves their head too quickly, you risk accidentally poking them in the eye.
*Refrain from cotton balls or other products that may shed into their eyes and cause further irritation.
*Regularly cleaning tears and crusties of your pooch’s face is an excellent way to keep their eyes clean and irritant-free.
*Their pupils should be the same size, and the area around the iris should be white. Look for excessive tearing, squinting and red or white flesh under the lower lids.
*Keep an eye out for cloudiness, thick or colored discharge or a visible third eyelid.
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