My Dog Has Discharge From Her Eye
At some time or another, almost every dog has a bit of material collect in the corner of the eye. When this happens, it's not considered a discharge so much as a normal response to the day-to-day foreign matter a dog is exposed to. When a dog leads a healthy, active life, she is bound to get dust and debris in her eyes on occasion, and tearing is an expected, appropriate means of clearing that material, flushing the eye in the process. Once that accumulated material is cleared, the healthy eye will return to its normal appearance.
But if the accumulated material recurs repeatedly, the collected material is yellowish to green, and/or the surrounding tissues are red and irritated, your dog needs further attention and action.
What to Look For
Put on your rubber gloves to avoid introducing additional foreign matter to your dog's eyes. Go slowly to give your dog confidence that there will be no surprises, and speak soothingly to keep her calm. Take a close look at your dog's eyes. Take note of the color of the discharge and check for any injury or mass near the eyes.
What to Do
Ask yourself the following questions:
When to Get the Vet
Any dog with an eye problem that causes repeated rubbing or scratching of the eye should be seen immediately by a veterinarian, preferably a veterinary ophthalmologist.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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