Have you noticed that your dog has brown, yellow, or red runny eyes? Why? what should you do with conjunctivitis? What is that brown, yellow color flowing from your dog’s eye? Scabs can form as a result of your dog’s tearing. Come and find out why!
Dog with runny eyes?
The fluid flowing from your dog’s eyes is quite normal, if not trivial in itself. This fluid called tear fluid is a completely natural and harmless saline solution that cleans the eye. This fluid flows over the outer periphery of the cornea and conjunctivitis of the eye. Once the liquid drains out of its area, it forms what we call tears. As for tears, they are secreted by the lacrimal glands.
Ask yourself the right questions
Now that you know what tears your pooch produces are, let’s take care of what interests you. Why do dog’s eyes run down?
- Is it regularly and abundantly?
- What color are the tears?
- Is there an eye infection?
- Is it an infectious disease?
- Is it a chronic disease?
- Is it due to a bad formation (anomaly) of the eyeball?
It is perfectly normal to ask yourself the following questions and to worry about them. Let’s go through all of this together.
Are your canine’s eyes running regularly and profusely?
Even if your dog has runny eyes on a very regular basis, you shouldn’t worry more than that. However, remain vigilant. Some dog breeds like poodle or bichon and others can have this recurring problem. It is the lacrimal nasal system that is not working properly. They are dogs at risk of eye infection. In the worst cases, it can damage your dog’s vision. It is important to watch her runny eyes. The exact terminology to use when your dog has excessively runny eyes and watery eyes is called epiphora.
What is that brown or yellowish liquid flowing from his eyes?
Tear characteristic: Translucent shine with a rather salty taste leaving brown streaks on the hairs when they dry. At this stage, do not worry, what is less, however, is to find in the tears a yellow, glowing, or even reddish color. This is a sign that there may be an infection or a problem with the eye. To minimize the risk of infection, clean your dog’s runny eyes regularly with a solution like saline or a cleaning solution suitable for his eyes. If you don’t do it regularly, there is a risk that scabs will form there. Which is not at all advisable. Bacteria can settle there causing infections in the long term.
diseases related to runny eyes
Abnormalities can appear and very often cause it to Epiphora:
- Foreign bodies: The foreign body can cause more or less serious damage to the eye. From simple irritation (conjunctivitis) to a deep ulcer. Before proceeding with the intervention of the treatment, give, pay attention to that there is a total absence of foreign body and especially clean the eyes of your dog correctly. If you don’t, it may make the injury worse. If your dog gets a thorn in the cornea, don’t rub it! There is a potential risk that it will sink deep. Check if his eyelid has not been touched by lifting the 3rd eyelid. That said, your veterinarian can give him light local anesthesia.
- Ulcer: Or corneal ulcer. It is a lesion of the cornea which is located in depth. This lesion or hole must be treated as soon as possible! There are several causes for this appearance: a wound, a scratch, a scratch, a virus, or even following a harmful and corrosive product received in the eyes. Consult your veterinarian immediately. Do not take this lightly! in severe cases, it is the irreversible removal of the organ of the eyeball.
- Eye trauma: Eye trauma can cause the epiphora to flow abnormally from the eye (thorn, gravel, ulcer, etc.).
- Entropion: Entropion is an anomaly of the upper or lower eyelid. It is following the constant and successive friction of the hairs against the cornea that will create tearing. The following dog breeds are predisposed (Bulldog, Sharpeï…). The young puppy can have entropion. Once an adult, entropion can go away on its own. If despite his adult age, he continues to have entropion, you will be advised to have him had surgery. The surgery will consist of the removal of the excess skin surrounding the eyelid.
- Ectopic eyelashes: what is ectopia? The ectopic eyelash is an eyelash that is not in the right place. At the time of growth, it has grown askew and causes irritability of the cornea and abnormal discharge from the eye of your canine. Prevent your dog from rubbing his eye for example with a collar while waiting for the total elimination of the ectopic eyelash. To remove ectopic eyelashes, you can regularly perform daily hair removal or by simple cryosurgery. Cryosurgery involves using liquid nitrogen on the eyelash (s). This will do away with your dog’s runny eyes.
- What is the tear duct?: These are glands that secrete water called a tear. They are then expelled through the nostrils through the tear duct. In some cases, the two holes in the palpebral conjunctiva may be blocked (have not been pierced) from birth. We will often talk about the problem of evacuating tears. They will flow outside the eye.
- Infectious origins: Whatever part of your dog’s runny eyes, they can be affected by inflammation or various infections, including the famous discharge from his eyes. It will be important to make a diagnosis with your vet as soon as possible.
- Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is the mucous membrane found in the eyelid. The inflammation of the mucosa can be more or less virulent. We will talk about the inflammation or affectation of the conjunctiva. Conjunctivitis can be virulent, from simple hyperemia (redness) to edema. As you will doubt, it can be of several kinds (stained glass, toxin, or allergen…).
- Dacryocystitis: inflammation of the tear duct which can lead to certain purulence. An examination will be advised to determine the cause.
- Blepharitis: The eyelids are a sensitive area (risk of inflammation) the causes can be various: eye infection, following excessive tearing. But most of the time, this is caused by a disease that affects the epidermis (skin) that causes the epiphora: A staphylococcal infection (staphylococcal), scabies demodicosis, atopy, scabies …
How to treat the eyes of my pooch who has runny eyes?
There are various solutions to treat your dog’s runny eyes, here are some of them. The solutions are there as a preventive measure that will not replace your vet but will allow you to minimize the chances of your dog catching the infection following those regularly runny eyes.
- Use of compress
- A solution like a physiological serum
- Eyewash solution from your veterinarian
- Prescription Eye Drops
- Urgent Operation
Washing your dog or puppy’s runny eyes should be done twice a week.
If you have received instructions by your veto, follow them carefully, especially if it is an infection or following an operation.
You will likely receive eye drops from your veterinarian which will be more suitable for treating the infection in question.