Should I Be Worried About My Dog’s Eye Discharge?

Dog Eye Discharge
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Usually mild, occasionally moderate or severe. 

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Key points

Requires diagnosis by a vet.

Many causes of eye discharge are curable, but some require life-long management.

May require treatment by a vet

Some causes of eye discharge can be prevented.

Some causes of eye discharge can be passed to other pets. Rarely, they may also be passed to humans

Diagnosis requires examination by a veterinarian, specialized tests on the eye, and sometimes blood tests and scans of the eye (Ultrasound, CT, or MRI).

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Symptoms & types

Many dogs will have a little crusty discharge at the corner of their eyes each day – this is often most noticeable first thing in the morning.

Understanding the diagnostics

Your veterinarian will examine your dog’s eyes to see what kind of discharge they have.

Learning About The Causes

Some viruses may cause dogs to develop watery eyes, usually alongside other symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.

Best Treatment Options

Many conditions that cause eye discharge are treated with drops.



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