Your Dog’s eye gunk

What is it?When should you get worried?

What is this eye discharge anyway? Let’s see

This discharge that comes from your dog’s eyes. It can range from a water consistency ( can be an allergy from a foreign object) or the discharge can from a crust. That can be a sign of a bigger problem.

Allergies/ Infection

  • Conjunctivitis: has many causes. Some cases are viral, others are bacterial, and some can be attributed to allergies or even tumors.Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inner layer of the eyelid. Often paired with that yellow-green puss-like discharge that crusts overnight. As well as bloodshot whites and excessive blinking or itching. Solution? see the VET asap as the symptoms don’t seem to stop.
  • Watery Eye aka Epiphora: Some dogs, even humans have constantly watery eyes. Epiphora is exactly that: excessive watery eyes. The problem lies in the duct not being able to properly dispose of excess tearing. Which is especially common in flat-faced dog breeds. Sometimes, the stream of tears can result in the darkened fur around the eyes, especially for light-colored dogs. The overabundance of tearing can also lead to infected, smelly skin. Sometimes relief from epiphora will require tear duct surgery.
  • KCS aka Dry Eye :  official term? Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS for short. The opposite of watery eyes ..dry eyes. Uncomfortable, itchy, dried out eye. They lack lubrication and therefore the ability to flush away irritants or infections. That could cause some serious harm because without tears.In an effort to protect the eye, the whites of the eyes turn brown and yellow-green discharge appears. Common causes for dry eye include eye infections. Tear duct issues, and the side-effects of anesthesia or antibiotics. Blindness can occur if untreated, so make sure to visit your vet if symptoms appear.
  • Eye Injury : Eye injuries can have serious complications. So see a vet immediately if you suspect your dog hurt their eye. If you can see something in your dog’s eye, don’t try to remove it yourself. Ask your vet to do so.

When should I worry?

  • Excessively watery eyes
  • Excessively dry eyes
  • A noticeable increase in eye discharge
  • Change in eye discharge consistency or color
  • Rubbing or pawing at the eyes
  • Excessive blinking
  • Bloody or excessively bloodshot eyes
  • A visible foreign object in the eye

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