My Dog Has Bloodshot Eyes. What Causes This?


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Abi Ainscough Profile
Abi Ainscough answered
This is most likely to be eye defect found in some dogs called Cherry Eye. Cherry eye is the term used to refer to canine nictitans gland prolapse, which is a common congenital eye defect in various dog breeds where the gland of the third eyelid known as the nictitating membrane prolapses and becomes visible.

Commonly affected breeds include the Bulldog, Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Pekingese, Neapolitan Mastiff, and Basset Hound. Cherry eye may be caused by a hereditary weakness in the connective tissue surrounding the gland. It is most common in puppies.

It appears as a red mass in the inner corner of the eye, and is sometimes mistaken for a tumor. After gland prolapse, the eye becomes chronically inflamed and there is often a discharge. Because the gland is responsible for about 30% of the eye's tear production, the eye can eventually suffer from dryness, keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Dry eye may eventually occur in 30 to 40 percent of dogs that have the gland removed, yet it may affect about 20 percent of dogs that have the gland surgically replaced.

Surgery is the usual treatment. Older methods of cherry eye correction before the gland's purpose was known, involved simply removing the gland, but this is a last-resort procedure today, and requires the use of eye drops for the rest of the animal's life. Modern methods of cherry eye correction involve repositioning of the gland to its normal location. The success rate of this type of surgery is around 80% in most breeds.

While most common in dogs, the condition is also found in certain breeds of cat as well, particularly the Burmese and Bombay.

In your case I would suggest taking your puppy to your local vet and have it fully checked, as only the vet will be able to give a proper diagnosis and refer you on to the correct treatment that your puppy will need.
ray of light Profile
ray of light answered
As you said that your dog does not have watery eyes, so I suppose one of the following reasons might be responsible for his red eyes:
1 : There might be something stuck in his eyelids
2: It can be an allergy
3: It might be a sign of glaucoma
4: He might have got his eyes red because of sitting near the open window of your car during a drive.
5: Somebody might have sprayed a perfume or air freshener while he was around.
For a proper diagnosis, consult a vet.
wilbert u can call me sue Profile
I've noticed that in a lot of dogs, my friend has a poodle that has allergies and her eyes turn red and run. Poor thing. Usually caused by some type of irritant, like dust etc. Or they just seem to have more red in their eyes naturally, like some people
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Bloodshot eyes or red eyes in the dogs can be due to many reasons. Vigorous eye scratching can cause redness in eyes. This scratching can be due to
  1. Allergies
  2. Insect bite
  3. Splinters or grass in the eyes
  4. Conjunctivitis caused by bacteria or virus
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Glaucoma
  7. Eyelid problems
Your dog's eye should be investigated by the vet for proper diagnosis and treatment. So, take your dog to vet.
Muhammad Nadeem Profile
Muhammad Nadeem answered
You should look in to the eyes of your puppy carefully for any entrapped foreign material like feathers or hairs etc and remove if present. Other possibilities of blood shot eyes in dogs are
  1. Allergy to smoke
  2. Bacteria/viral infection of conjunctiva
  3. Glaucoma
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Eyelids and eyelash problems
  6. Scratching of eyes due to irritation
Treatment depends upon underlying cause, so take your dog to vet.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
My pitbulls eyes are a little bloodshot what does that mean
Mak Daddy Profile
Mak Daddy answered
No he doesen't have rabies.....just take him to a vet....its probably just an eye infection....
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
This is problem of "Cherry eye" in dogs. This usually occurs in the eye corner of pets and when dogs suffer from this disease their eyes get red.

There are different levels of this disease. In earlier stage this disease can be cured by medicines but in extreme cases the only way you have is to go for surgery. This is better to consult your vet about this disease
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I bought my puppy staff yesterday and it was in poor condition so I took it straight to the vets for a check everything was fine apart from dry skin nails and he is deaf in one ear but today his eyes seem very red and a bit inflamed but otherwise we is well still playing eating and drinking what could this be
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have a 6 month old, mixed breed dog, I came home from work today and noticed he has blood shot eyes, one eye is worse than the other,,what has caused this..
KR- myopinions Profile
KR- myopinions answered
If your puppy is still lethargic this morning you should see a vet today. The vet will ahve a better idea of what might be wrong after an exam and being able to get necessary details and talk to you. Hope that baby is feeling better soon.
118 118 Profile
118 118 answered
I got less fluid in my eyes - so I suffer from dry eyes. My eyes burn up and are always red. I get pulled over by police loads of times - as they think I am high! Tiredness can also cause red eyes. You can get fluid from pharmacy for eye.
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Anonymous answered
It means it has rabies because rabies is a very bad desease. It must have been bitten by an animal that has rabies. Your puppy is going to die.

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