This cutie is Shep, a 3-month-old Mini Aussie. Shep’s eyes had been bothering him quite a bit lately and his mom noticed that it looked like there was something on the outer part of his eyelid that was causing him some discomfort. She tried to clean it, but within a few days his eyes were red, swollen and there was a lot of gunk coming out of his eyes, so she took Shep to the vet where she learned that he had conjunctivitis—aka pink eye.
Shep’s mom, who has three other children to take care of, had been laid off for a while and just recently started a new job. She reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help, and we were happy to oblige. She’s now on some medication, and is feeling much better.
Eye mucus in dogs is normal and can be caused by a number of things, including viruses and allergies. However, excessive discharge—especially when it’s yellow or a greenish tint—could be a sign of an infection, glaucoma or other eye problems. It’s best to speak with a vet to get at the root cause of your dog’s eye discharge because some problems can result in blindness or loss of an eye if left untreated.
Also worth noting is that human pink eye is not contagious to dogs or cats, nor can humans get pink eye from their pets. Check out this article from VetStreet on Conjunctivitis in Dogs and Cats for more information.
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