Conjunctivitis Information

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as dog pink eye or madras eye, is an inflammation of the inner eyelid and surface of the eyeball.

The cornea can also be affected. Dogs can easily get this and it seems to be one of the main conditions that affect their eyes. Dogs can have pink eye affect only one eye, but usually both eyes tend to get the infection.

Conjunctivitis is not that painful given certain circumstances. The main signs of a dog having this will be that his/her eye will turn red in color and he/she will have some dog eye discharge coming out.

Although, there are certain types of bacteria that can cause reoccurring or very persistent pink eye that does not give off much redness. Other symptoms include irritation and watery eyes.

When dogs have a red eye and they are squinting or closing it shut, it is considered a completely different infection or disease. In cases such as those, your dog could have keratitis, glaucoma, or uvetitis instead.

Conjunctivitis can be spread by a number of ways, Viral, Bacterial, and Chemical

  • Viral infections occur when there is an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Typically this form of dog eye infection will begin in one eye and then will spread to another. When there is a viral infection present, there is a slight pinkness in the conjunctiva. This sometimes can be mistaken for a ciliary injection of iritis.
  • Bacterial is probably the most common. It is a puss-producing bacterium that is gritty or gooey to the touch. This pus causes irritation and a stinging sensation. The color of the pus varies, it can be clear/transparent, greyish, or yellowish. It is present in the eye for about three days before actual symptoms occur. Allergies or other substances that float around during summer can also cause bacterial infections.
  • Chemical is from foreign substances accidentally burning the eye. An acidic or alkali substance is usually the cause., however the chances of your dog having this is quite rare.

If there is any procrastination to treating your dog with conjunctivitis, then he could go blind. Dogs eyes are not suppose to turn red and when they do it typically indicates that there is an infection present.

If the infection persists, then it could cause more harm to your dog than previously anticipated. Vets will typically administer some eye drops along with some antibiotics that he must take either once or twice a day for a couple of weeks. As this condition is fairly common among dogs, there is no worry in terms of it being hard to cure.

Conjunctivitis is fairly contagious, so if you suspect your dog has it, it is best to quarantine him from the rest of the household animals.

Certain dogs can get this often, so it is important that you add a sterile eye irrigation solution or an antibacterial eye cream to your Dog First Aid Kit.

Though, if the dog eye problem still persists and you were not able to remove any foreign substances from the eye, then you must visit your vet.

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