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Runny Eyes In Dogs

 Dog Has Runny Eyes!

 

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Summary: Dog has runny eyes? If you’re concerned about your pup and their watery peepers, this blog will help you understand all you need to know about runny eyes in dogs. We’ll find out what the runny eyes in dogs causes are, whether they can be helped via home remedies, and what the recommended treatment for dog runny eyes is…

 

A dog’s eyes, like a human’s, are relatively good at self-cleaning due to the naturally occurring tears that help flush debris and bacteria out, and the eyelashes that protect foreign bodies from getting in. However, when our precious pooch’s eyes become frequently watery, this can be a cause for concern…

Dog Has Runny Eyes - Why?

If you spot a small collection of crust in your dog’s eyes, trust that this is normal. However, if your pup has a consistently runny, weepy, watery eye(s) or it is emitting sticky discharge, chances are that something’s up!

Some causes of runny eyes in dogs include:

  • An eye infection (like conjunctivitis)
  • An issue with the eyelashes or eyelids
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Injury/trauma inflicted on the eye
  • Dry eyes (lack of naturally occurring tears that keep the eye moist and clean)
  • Exposure to the wind
  • Something is stuck in the eye
  • An issue with the nasolacrimal ducts that are used by the body to drain moisture-maintaining tears
  • They have lumps in or around their eye
  • Exposure Keratitis (when the surface of the eye isn’t completely covered by the eyelid)
  • They’re a flat-faced breed so are predisposed to runny eyes (e.g. Pugs, Pekingnese, Boston Terriers)
  • An underlying condition like Canine Distemper
small brown dog with runny eyes

Symptoms Of A Dog Eye Problem

Common signs that accompany runny dog eyes and suggest infection include:

  • Puffy eyelid(s)
  • Redness of the eye(s)
  • Pawing at the eye(s)
  • Squinting/Blinking (or winking, if just one eye is affected) 
  • Discharge that is either clear, cloudy, yellow or green

More than one symptom usually occurs in the case of an eye infection. 

Treatment For Runny Eyes In Dogs

Treatment for runny eyes in dogs is possible. However, it’s imperative as a pet parent that you discover what the root cause of the issue is, rule out or get the appropriate treatment for infection. Your dog’s eyes and sight are far too precious to dilly dally around hoping for it to clear up by itself. So, if you notice anything wrong with their eye(s), get them assessed by a vet as soon as possible. 

Your vet can diagnose them and advise you on what to do. Eye infections are usually incredibly identifiable and treatable; they just rely on the speedy action of us pet parents and veterinarians!

Cream pug with runny eyes

Dog Runny Eyes Home Remedy?

There isn’t a home remedy for dog runny eyes, but there are things you can do to ease their discomfort which your vet may also recommend once they’re confidently diagnosed. A non-medicated, sterile saline rinse, for example, may provide them with some temporary relief from any pain but remember, this will not cure the problem. A rinse of this kind will help flush the eye out a little. You could also use a dog-specific gentle eye cleaning wash.

Do not use human eye drops or medications on your dog - this can be dangerous or make the problem worse! The best bet is to follow your vet’s professional, experienced advice. 

Read our blog on How To Clean A Dog’s Eyes here. 

Related Reads

Dog Tears: Why Do Dogs Eyes Water?

Can You Give Dogs Paracetamol?

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