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My Dog Has Mucus Discharge From His Eyes. What Should I Do?

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Hayley Clarke Profile
Hayley Clarke answered
It is likely that your dog has conjunctivitis, so a visit to the vet is in order. The mucous membranes of your dog’s eyes have enflamed. Conjunctivitis is contagious and can be caught by humans, so be careful and rinse your hands thoroughly when in contact. To ease the creature’s pain, put on a pair of clean rubber gloves and examine your dog's eyes and take note of the color of the discharge and check for any injury or mass near the eyes. If your dog is otherwise healthy, showing no other symptoms and behaving normally in spite of the discharge, try to first clean the eye and flush it with a sterile saline solution. Closely observe your dog and the eye condition in a day or two to see if there is any improvement. Ensure that you never use human over-the-counter eye drops to treat your dog; herbal eyewashes can be used to clean and protect your dog's precious eyes. Herbs that are good for eyes include chamomile and Goldenseal, both of which are anti-inflammatory; Echinacea, which boosts the immune system, and gotu kola to rebuild the blood vessels. In general, abnormal dog eye discharge can be prevented by taking some simple measures to protect the overall eye health in your dog. Check its eyes regularly, wiping away gunk and crust with a damp clith or tissue (being careful not to dab or wipe the eye itself) and trim the hair around the eye regularly to minimise pain. While travelling in a car, usually keep your dog's head inside the vehicle to avoid foreign objects getting inside in the eye. In addition, your dog's diet is important in maintaining eye health, so be sure to include supplements of antioxidants in the form of vitamins E and C and beta carotene. In addition, before giving the dog a bath or apply flea powders, use an ophthalmic ointment to protect its eyes from soap burns and the like.
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Pink eye in dogs is a different virus: it is not zoonotic, meaning it cannot be transferred between species. Check with your vet before using homeopathic methods on animals.
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Old trick - make a very strong tea. English breakfast or any black tea/ no flavours please. Add 3-4 bags per cup of hot water. Let the tea cool down to the room temperature. Take a piece of cotton and gently clean his eyes with it. Perform the same process at least 3 times a day, the infection will be gone in 2 days.

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Eye discharge in dogs can be due to many reasons. Some of the causes of this discharge can be serious and should be investigated and handled by vet. Dogs starts to have eye discharge in response to irritation. Following are major causes of these irritations in eyes of dogs.

  1. Glaucoma
  2. Problems of eyelids
  3. Problems of eye lashes
  4. Problems of tear drainage
  5. Inflammation of conjunctiva caused by bacterial or viral infection
  6. Allergy to smoke, dust, pollens and air pollution
So, if your dog is showing any eye discharge then take him to vet for accurate diagnosis and treatment because treatment depends upon underlying cause.
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You should take your dog to vet for eye examination because swelling of eyes in dogs can be due to many reasons. Common reasons are

1. Insect bite
2. Conjunctivitis due to virus or bacteria
3. Foreign bodies like splinters or grass in the eyes
4. Parasites of eyelids
5. Tear duct disease
6. Problems with tear production
7. Corneal diseases

So, pay a visit to your local vet.
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Sharon Skok answered
My vet told me to rinse my dog's eye with saline. It is very safe. You could also buy antibiotic ointment (only from a vet) This is differently a infection when the discharge is green. Was he in the weeds?
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I found some helpful answers to this question here at iVillage."Like their human owners, dogs and cats sometimes wake up with "sleepers"
in their eyes -- a crusty discharge that results from the eye's natural
self-cleaning efforts. All pets will occasionally have some discharge,
although bulgy-eyed breeds such as pugs, Pekingese, and Persian cats are
much more prone to it than others."Read More articles.ivillage.com

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