Are Your Dog's Ey Boogers Screaming , "Eye Infection Coming?"


Everyone is familiar with “eye boogers”, sticky wet mucus that builds up in the corners of our eyes, typically after sleeping. Eye boogers aren’t exclusive to humans; even dogs suffer from them. While the sticky discharge can oftentimes be normal in your dog, there are instances when they can be a a sign of a dog eye infection. It’s important to monitor them just in case your dog’s eye boogers are screaming,” Eye infection coming”.


What Protects Your Dog’s Eyes from Harm?

Tears are the eyes’ natural defense against foreign elements. Throughout the day, your pup’s eyes takes a beating from wind, sand, dust, the sun, etc. All these irritants make your dog’s eyes work overtime producing tears to stay clean and healthy. Additionally, certain breeds of dogs, such as those having bulging eyes, will produce more tears and therefore more discharge. Because tears are the eye’s natural response, some discharge should be expected. But there are instances when the discharge should be taken seriously. 

5 Signs of a Dog’s Eye Infection

If there is a problem, the sooner you act can protect your dog from potentially blinding consequences. Here are some signs to help you distinguish between a normal situation and one that could be problematic.  

1. Color:

Most of the time, the discharge from your dog’s eye will be either clear or a light yellow. If you notice any other color, that could be a sign your dog has a serious eye discharge. Also, make note of the color beneath your dog’s eyes. If the fur underneath your dog’s eyes starts browning, this is possibly being caused by his eye discharge.

2. Smell:

Normal eye discharge does not have an odor to it. So, if you’re noticing your dog’s eye discharge is packing some pungent smells, it’s time to see the vet.

3. Clouding of the Eye:

Excessive discharge can be overlooked and thought to be normal. But if it starts and you notice clouding of your dog’s eye, this could be a sign of multiple illnesses including blindness and should be checked out immediately.

4. Excessive Blinking: 

Dogs blink at a rate like humans. When a dog blinks, it’s his eyes’ way of wiping themselves clean after debris becomes trapped. If your dog is blinking excessively, the eye may be trying to get rid of something.

5. Vomiting, Sneezing, etc.

Because certain breeds of dogs are prone to allergies, you may notice some allergy-related symptoms along with the extra eye discharge. Be sure to rule out the possibility of anything else causing the symptoms before you assume it’s allergies.

If you detect any of the above signs of a dog eye infection in your furry friend, please see your vet to confirm if there is a problem.

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