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Eye discharge in dogs - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

erykah1310
November 30th, 2006, 01:12 PM
Im just wondering how much eye gukies is cause for a concern. (Boxer mix)
There is no greenish color or anything out of the ordinary, just Kita gets little slime lines in the mornin.....
I just dismiss it as normal for her mix, and wipe it away, but should I maybe have a bit more concern?

Hunter's_owner
November 30th, 2006, 01:19 PM
I would say it is normal, as long as it don't look like infection discharge:yuck:

My friend has a Cavalier King Charles, whose eyes are a lot like a boxers, and he has really yucky eyes in the morning. But it is just normal eye gook.

jessi76
November 30th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I'd only be concerned if there is a slight yellow or green tinge to it - which can indicate infection.

mafiaprincess
November 30th, 2006, 02:11 PM
Cider gets mild goopies, occasional little tear stains. With this doggie cold she has though when it was at it's worst the goopies were still clearish/ white, but the tear stains flowed all the way to her mouth.. If you wiped them down they'd dry off and in hours they were all back. Wasn't a cause for concern, but it was unusual for us.

Prin
November 30th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Yeah, depends I think on the droopiness of the eyelid... More open = more dirt = more eye goop....:shrug: As long as it isn't green or yellow.:shrug:

erykah1310
November 30th, 2006, 08:16 PM
K, thanks, it never green or yellowy, but there daily... I'll keep wiping it away... thanks again.

Prin
December 1st, 2006, 12:01 AM
yep, wipe them before they wipe you.:D :evil:

OntarioGreys
December 2nd, 2006, 07:54 AM
It could be a symptom of an enviromental allergy for example pollens

If a dog does start producing a lot of eye discharge outside of normal that is ongoing , even if not yellow or green, it is still a good idea to discuss with a vet then they can check if any eye surface scratch, embedded dirt, an eyelash that growing in toward the eye etc

mummummum
December 3rd, 2006, 05:40 AM
I don't know about your weather but it's been very windy here as of late. I find the dustier it is, the more goobies. If I can wrastle them to the ground :D I mix up some water-diluted eyebright (homeopathic) eyedrops to flush out their eyes.

petdr
December 18th, 2006, 09:08 AM
Some eye discharge is within normal. Environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke, dust, cleaning solution/paint fumes/etc. can all trigger a reaction--and usually at lower levels than would stimulate tearing in human beings. I would be concerned if the actual globe (the eye ball) were red, the cornea was hazy, or if there was evidence of upper respiratory symptoms, such as coughing/sneezing. If none of these are present, then I would not be
concerned.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490

2canadian4i
June 28th, 2011, 01:11 PM
Jackson is a 2 year old springer. Sweetest lil thing on 4 legs but lately there have been som concern. With the onset of summer Jackson's eyes are really goopy allll the time. You clean away the goo and 5 mins later you are doing it again. It's not discoloured ( yellow or green ) with signs of infection but I did notice his eyes have started to cloud a little bit. He also is suddenly barking allll the time at any little noise and even barks at dad. I also noticed if we are playing a game with him and he is far away he will move closer to see what we are saying. A sign of cataracts??? Or maybe just seasonal alergies?
On another note just a few days ago he started having the 'poops' and still is. He never has accidents in the house but suddenly is going several times a day and cannot hold it. There has been no significant changes in his diet but we did take him swimming a day or so before, could it have been something in the water? I know it's alot to sift through but I am growing more concerned and am looking for some feedback. Thanks

hazelrunpack
June 28th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Sounds like vet time, 2canadian4i! Only a vet will be able to tell you if Jackson's eye goop is related to allergies or something more serious. And the diarrhea, if it's continued for a few days, also needs attention. Sounds like he could well have picked something up from the water. If you can get a fecal sample from him before you go to the vet, it will save a little time on the diagnosis.

Hope Jackson's better soon!

CsqU4r3d
June 28th, 2011, 06:16 PM
My 8 year old springer Chum's eyes seem to be a lot more goopy this year for some reason. He had a mild infection that was treated with drops earlier this spring. The infection has cleared up but his eyes are now a little more goopy than they were previously. He also has a slight cloudiness (has ever since I got him 6 years ago) the vet says he doesn't have cataracts and as far as I can tell his vision is fine. Don't ya just gotta love Springers??:crazy::flirt:

nicki_sp
January 10th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Some eye discharge is within normal. Environmental factors, such as cigarette smoke, dust, cleaning solution/paint fumes/etc. can all trigger a reaction--and usually at lower levels than would stimulate tearing in human beings. I would be concerned if the actual globe (the eye ball) were red, the cornea was hazy, or if there was evidence of upper respiratory symptoms, such as coughing/sneezing. If none of these are present, then I would not be
concerned.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490

Hi Dr. Van Lienden,

I am curious if your dog does have red eyes and haivng more excessive eye goop than usual (that isnt green or yellow) what might that indicate? My beagle is experiencing this. We have moved recently to a more dusty and smoky environment too though so this could be it. I did not notice the whites of her eyes being brownish reddish before since her pupils are so large anyway but they could have been. What kind of serious conditions might this be a sign of? thanks for your help.