5 Signs Your Dog’s Eye Boogers Are Caused By Something Dangerous
Like humans, dogs experience everyday things like grass, pollen and dust that their bodies may think are dangerous, leading to a physical reaction, like eye discharge. Even though the dust at the dog park is okay, for your pup it may be a problem causing allergen when it’s inhaled, ingested or comes in contact with the dog’s skin. According to PetMD, breeds like Terriers, Setters, Retrievers and dogs with flat faces like Bulldogs, Pugs and Boston Terriers are prone to allergies.
Dogs can be allergic to numerous things. Anything from grass and pollen to the material their Kong is made out of. Some common symptoms that your dog is experiencing allergies are:
– Itchy, runny eyes (eye discharge)
– Red or irritated skin
– Snoring (if they don’t usually snore)
– Excessive scratching
– Paw chewing/ Swollen paws
2. Conjunctivitis (aka pink eye)
Some eye boogers are different from common eye discharge and those just-waking-up eye boogers. If you notice your dog has clear or pus-like eye boogers or excessive redness in and around the eye, get it checked out by your vet – it could be conjunctivitis. Bacterial or viral pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the conjunctiva. According to PetMD, the conjunctiva is the thin clear tissue that lies over the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelid. Watch for red eyes, inflammation, pawing at the eyes, squinting or crusty eyes.
Be on the lookout for excessively teary eyes, which is known as epiphora. Epiphora means the eyes overflow with tears, according to VCA Hospitals . A few signs of epiphora are excess wetness around the eyes, brown staining underneath the eyes, a smelly odor, or skin irritation. This is more noticeable in breeds with lighter colored fur. But if you wipe your dark colored pup’s eye and the discharge is brown, keep an eye on them and schedule an appointment with your vet. Try to figure out the cause for the excess drainage, whether it’s allergies, conjunctivitis, a previous eye injury or something else.
4. Keratoconjunctivits Sicca (KCS)
Next up on the eye discharge list is keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) also known as dry eye – the inability to produce enough tears. Dry eye happens when the tear gland has gotten infected or has experienced trauma. Dry eye symptoms are yellowish discharge, inflammation around the eye, and excessive blinking or swelling of the eyelids. The cornea is at great risk which can lead to eye infections or corneal damage. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your vet, as KCS can cause loss of vision.
Glaucoma is when pressure is put on the eye causing inadequate drainage of ocular fluid. According to PetMD, some breeds like Poodles, Chow Chow’s, and Cocker Spaniel’s are predisposed to glaucoma. There are two types of glaucoma in dogs – primary and secondary. Primary glaucoma is when the eye is unable to drain, causing fluid to get backed up in the eye. Secondary glaucoma is when some sort of trauma has occurred to the eye, such as inflammation or cancer of the eye, which physically blocks drainage. With glaucoma, be on the look out for excessive blinking, the eye bulging, high pressure on the eye, clouded eyes, dilated pupils or vision loss. Get your pup to the vet as soon as possible and have the ocular pressures checked to determine further treatment.
How to Clean Dog Eye Discharge Using Home Remedies
Your dog is so cute, but not when she has runny discharge streaming from her eyes. Eye discharge is very common in dogs, especially certain breeds. Whether your dog’s eyes are baby blue or dark brown, they’ll be melting your heart again after applying a few simple home remedies.
1. Wash your dog’s eye with a saline solution several times a day.
This will help clean the infected eye and remove dirt or foreign dust particles that may be causing your pet’s eye irritation and discharge. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of plain table salt, the salt should not be iodized or contain any other compound, with an 8 ounce cup of filtered lukewarm water. Gently pour the solution over your dog’s infected eye several times a day to clean and treat her eye discharge.
2. Clear away discharge from your dog’s infected eye regularly.
Use a damp, soft warm washcloth to gently wipe away the discharge. You can even use the warm washcloth as a soothing compress, by leaving it on your dog’s eye for several minutes.
3. Apply a drop of aloe vera gel to your dog’s infected eye several times a day to clean and treat her infection.
Aloe vera gel has antibacterial properties that will help protect your dog’s eye from further inflammation and infections.The gel is gentle enough to use on delicate eye tissue and makes a great natural topical treatment.
4. Treat your dog’s infected eye with some colloidal silver.
Colloidal silver is a powerful natural antibiotic that will help heal your dog’s infected eye. Give your pet a drop every few hours until her eye discharge improves.
5. Take your dog to a professional groomer for a trim when her hair gets too long around her eyes.
Long hair can poke into your dog’s eyes causing irritation and discharge.
Can You Use Human Eye Drops on Dogs ?
Certain types of human eye drops, such as artificial tear drops, may be safe to use on dogs, but always consult with your vet first. Patricia J. Smith, MS, D.V.M., Ph. D., Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a colleague of Dr. Friedman at Animal Eye Care has recommended the following home remedies for treating your dog’s eye problems:
Ordinary Eye Wash (Sterile Buffered Saline) is proper to use in a dog’s eye to clean the eye but it will not be helpful for an inflamed, sore eye. For a red, sore eye seek veterinary attention immediately. Artificial tear drops or ointments are usually not harmful and may be soothing for some dry eye conditions, but consult a veterinarian as it can be harmful in certain cases.