Dog Health: Conjunctivitis

Dog | Conjunctivitis

An Introduction to Conjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is the name given to the delicate pink tissue that covers the outer surface of both eyeballs and the inner eyelids.  When the conjunctiva becomes inflamed and irritated the condition is called conjunctivitis. 

Dr Erin Coomer - Veterinarian (July 2013)



Causes of Conjunctivitis

There are numerous reasons why a dog may develop redness of one or both eyes (conjunctivitis).  The most common reasons are:

- Allergies

- Infection

- Trauma

- Foreign material




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Symptoms of Conjunctivitis

- Weepy eyes/crying

- Eye discharge (various colours eg.  White or green)

- Squinting

- Closed eye(s)

- Sensitive to light

- Sensitive to being touched on the head.

- Rubbing eyes/face

- Red or pink appearance of the eye(s)

Conjunctivitis is an uncomfortable and potentially painful condition.




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Treatment of Conjunctivitis

Any eye problem should be taken seriously, and I recommend you have your dog examined promptly by your Veterinarian.

A thorough eye examination will likely reveal why your dog has red eyes.  Once your Vet makes a diagnosis, then the appropriate treatment will be prescribed.  This will likely involve administration of topical eye...
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