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Canine Eye Discharge – What Could It Mean For Your Dog?

October 11, 2008 by Richard 

As pet owners that are completely responsible for our dogs well being, it can be easy to over react to a potential problem that in reality is harmless. In many cases, if your dog has some discharge from the eye in the morning (what we sometimes called “sleep”), then it is probably nothing to worry about.

If however you find canine eye discharge is starting to build up around your dogs eye and you can’t seem to clean it off, then there may a problem. In this situation the first thing you should do it take your dog to a registered vet. He or she will be able to advise you whether it is something to worry about, and if it is what you can do about it. It is a general rule that if you have any worries about your dog the best course of action is to contact your vet.

So if the discharge does start to build up during the day, then what does it mean? I may be that your canine has an eye infection, which are fairly common amongst dogs. With a dog eye infection, the discharge is usually a thick yellow or grey colour. However this isn’t always the case.

If your dog has a seasonal allergic reaction to something, then the discharge may be clearer.

Symptoms of a canine eye infection

  • A thick discharge builds up during the day around your dogs eye
  • Your dog is scratching at its eye a lot
  • The eyes appear bloodshot
  • The eyes appear dry

There are many other symptoms of a canine eye infection, too many to list here. The general rule is that if you notice anything out of the ordinary in or around your dogs eye then you should visit a vet as soon as possible who’ll be able to help diagnose the problem.

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