Have you noticed some green gunk in your dog’s eyes recently? Then you may want to read this!
We’ve put together some information about that stuff that looks like green pus oozing from one or both eyes. We want to warn you—this topic could make you sick if you’re eating!
What is that Green Pus in my Dog’s Eye?
The medical term is “eye discharge.” Discharge from the eyes can be clear and watery, or it can look more like pus, which tends to crust. Watery discharge is generally caused by allergies or a foreign object in the eye. However, the puss, crusting discharge could be an indication of another medical issue.
The most common causes of eye gunk in dogs include:
Epiphora: some dogs seem to have watery eyes; however, epiphora (excessive tearing) can cause very wet eyes. The issue is caused by an eye duct that can’t get rid of the excessive tears. The condition can sometimes cause stains under the eyes in dogs with light-colored fur. It can even become infected and smelly.
Conjunctivitis: is a condition also called “pink eye.” This is a type of eye condition where the outer layer and inner eyelids become inflamed. Pink eye may also be accompanied by a green or yellow puss-like discharge, which crusts overnight. Pink eye can be caused by viral or bacterial infections, fungal infections, and more.
Dry eye: this is a condition where the dog’s body is able to produce enough tears. The eyes are dry, itchy, and uncomfortable due to a lack of lubrication. The condition can be accompanied by a yellow-greenish discharge.
Eye trauma: if a dog’s eye has become scratched or injured in some way, the eye may develop a discharge. You may notice your fur baby is scratching at his face repeatedly, or perhaps the eye has become bloody or bloodshot.
Symptoms of Eye Problems in Dogs
You may notice these symptoms if your dog has one of the conditions mentioned above:
- Excessively water eyes
- Excessively dry eyes
- An increase in discharge from the eye
- Rubbing/pawing at the eyes
- Excessive blinking
- Bloody or bloodshot eyes
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, then it’s time to call the vet. Your dog’s eyes need to be checked. Don’t let the problem continue to develop, as certain eye problems can lead to complete blindness.
Treatment will depend on the vet’s diagnosis; however, with prompt treatment, your dog should go on to a full recovery.
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