Has your dog developed pink eye? Does the pink eye have any other symptoms? If so, then you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve put together some information about this condition and what you need to do for your fur baby.
What is Pink Eye?
The medical term for this condition is conjunctivitis, which is common in both dogs and their pet parents. The condition is caused when the tissue around the eyes, called the conjunctiva, becomes inflamed and itchy. Conjunctivitis can come at any age, alone, or due to another eye problem.
In most cases, one eye is affected; however, the inflammation can spread to both eyes.
Certain dog breeds are more prone to developing pink eye, including Cocker spaniels, bulldogs, miniature schnauzers, and more.
There are three types of pink eye:
- Allergic conjunctivitis: which is caused by seasonal allergies, dust mites, pollen, mold, dander, perfumes, certain medications. This type of pink eye is not contagious.
- Viral conjunctivitis: is caused by a viral infection, which can spread quickly. It can take up to three weeks to heal. This form can be contagious.
- Bacterial conjunctivitis: is caused by a bacterial infection; this is a contagious form of pink eye.
Because viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are contagious, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after petting your dog. This will keep the infection from spreading to other pets you have.
What are the Symptoms of Pink Eye in Dogs?
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has developed pink eye:
- Puffy eyelids
- Stringy discharge
- Watery eyes
- Eyelids stuck together
- Pawing at eyes
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, then it’s time to call the veterinarian for an appointment. Your fur baby’s eyes will need to be checked.
Treating Pink Eye in Dogs
At the vet’s, they will perform an examination of your dog’s eyelids and eyes. The vet will also give your dog an overall physical just to check for any underlying medical conditions. They may also decide to run some diagnostic tests, which may include bacterial cultures, a fluorescein eye stain test, and more.
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis. If your fur baby has a bacterial infection, then the vet will prescribe a bactericidal ointment for the eye(s). This is applied topically. The vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to treat the swelling and pain in your dog’s eye.
Pink eye can take some time to heal, but your dog should go on to a full recovery!