What Is Dog Eye Gunk?
No pet owner likes eye gunk. The correct term for eye gunk is discharge. Have you wondered if your dog’s eye discharge is normal or not? A dog’s eye can tear for several reasons some are normal and some are not.
Tears play an essential role in maintaining eye health. They provide oxygen and nourishment to the cornea and help remove debris from the eye’s surface.
Discharge can range from a clear, watery consistency (allergies or a foreign body in the eye may be the root cause) to a pus-like discharge with a tendency to crust, which could be a sign of a bigger problem. If you are unsure of the cause please it is best to seek a professional opinion from your family vet.
Causes of Watery Eyes in Dogs
There can be many causes for watery eyes which lead to various degrees of seriousness. Several of the causes are listed here.
- Breeds with excessive hair on the face can have the hair growing into the eye
- Eyelashes growing at an abnormal angle
- Allergy to pollen, dust, mold etc.
- Trauma, punctures, scratches
- Irritants such as smoke, sprays, dust or perfumes
- Facial anatomy that causes inadequate tear drainage
- Blocked tear duct
- Congenital issues like folds on the skin that become infected from constant wetness
- Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
Certain Breeds Are Prone To Eye Discharge
Pugs and Boxers might have slightly more eye leakage than other breeds due to the combination of a short nose and large round eyes. For these breeds some dog eye discharge might be normal, especially if it’s clear.
Yellow or Green Eye Discharge
A dog whose eyes produce yellow or green discharge often has an eye infection, particularly if eye redness and discomfort are also evident. An eye infection may actually be a sign of a more serious illness and your dog should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.