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Dog Eye Irritation & Discharge with Pinkness around Inside of Eyelid

by Oana
(NJ)




My 1 yr old dog, Josie, has had an eye irritation for about a week now. It's only one eye, and we started to notice that it's pink around the inside of her eyelid.


She also started developing this mucous discharge which has to be cleaned quite often. The discharge is not watery, but viscous and sometimes it will harden if we don't pay attention for a few hours.

She's been itching it a bit, and in the mornings, usually when she wakes up, it looks considerably smaller than the left eye, though during the day you can't really notice (size difference). I'm guessing it might be pink eye from the research I did.

My question is whether I should take her in to the vet and if you think she will need antibiotics.

I love her to death so I'd do that, but want to make sure that it makes sense to bring her in and it's not just allergies or something.

My boyfriend has a weird philosophy that maybe it has to do with the fact that sometimes she goes around eating poop, probably our other dogs'... and the bacteria from that maybe (we are trying to figure out how to stop her from doing this - she doesn't do it often, we don't think, but we catch her once in a while).

Anyway, if you think she doesn't need a vet, what can we do to make the irritation go away? Also, is it contagious? Dog to dog or dog to human?

Unfortunately she hates pictures, so I tried to do my best since she kept moving. In the photos you can see the inside of her eye being pink (it's not as obvious in the pictures).

Thanks so much for your help!

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Jan 12, 2013
My Online Vet Response for: Dog Eye Irritation & Discharge with Pinkness around Inside of Eyelid
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Oana,
From the pictures you submitted of Josie and the fact that you noticed it one week ago, and her eye is not getting worse, and it has not spread to her other eye, I would diagnose it as a mild conjunctivitis of the third eyelid.

If she had allergies, this would be in BOTH eyes. Or if it were a 'systemic' illness she picked up from another dog, it would be in BOTH eyes.

Although, since there is a possibility that she may have something in her eye AND I am concerned that she is rubbing her eye and may scratch her cornea (which would make it MUCH worse), you should take her to a veterinarian.

A vet would flush her eye with saline and make sure she does not have a foreign body lodged behind her third eyelid.

You wrote,
"Anyway, if you think she doesn't need a vet, what can we do to make the irritation go away? Also, is it contagious? Dog to dog or dog to human?"

So, I do think that she should be seen by a vet, just to be safe!

In the meantime, you can apply 2-3 drops of sweet almond oil into her eye 3-4 times daily to give her some relief. And perhaps an E-collar around her neck to prevent her from rubbing or scratching her eye.

Also, I do not think that she is contagious to other dogs or to humans.

A holistic veterinarian would also be helpful for a natural approach, depending on what they diagnose on physical exam.

Click here to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. Another resource for vets knowledgeable in homeopathy is AVH.org.

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Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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