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Can Dogs Get Pink Eye And How To Get The Red Out

Ever have pink eye when you were a kid? It’s a sticky, painful, draining situation to have in more ways than one! If your dog appears to have eye issues, you may be wondering, can dogs get pink eye?

The answer is yes! I’ll explain the details in the article here. I’ll also give you a few ideas about fixing your dog’s pink eye. I’m guessing you might need them since you clicked this post!

What Is Pink Eye, AKA, Conjunctivitis​

The word Conjunctivitis means a condition of inflammation in a specific part of the eye. With pink eye, this inflammation occurs in the conjunctiva. It’s ok if you don’t know what that is. I bet most people don’t.

Let me clear that up first. The conjunctiva resides inside the eyelids. It is a thin membrane like covering that surrounds the white part of the eye and inner eyelid itself. When this area becomes inflamed, the eye may produce discharge and also be hot and painful to the touch.

It's no fun at all and contagious as all get out!

In most cases however, this condition clears up on its own. If it persists, a doctor can prescribe antibiotic drops.

This is how common pink eye affects humans. It doesn't answer the question that brought you here today, however.

So, can dogs get pink eye? Is it the same condition as in humans? What’s the deal!?

Let's move on to get to that.

Can Dogs Get Pink Eye?

Can dogs get pink eye? They sure can. Conjunctivitis affects both dogs and cats also. The source of the inflammation can come from bacteria. Additionally, conjunctivitis may be viral, contracted from an infected dog.

The list of common causes of Canine Conjunctivitis include the following circumstances.

  • Trauma to your dog’s eye area.
  • Bacterial infections in your pet’s eye.
  • Your dog contracted a fungal infection.
  • Your dog was exposed to a dog or human with a viral infection.
  • The affected dog was recently around chemicals, smoke, mold, or a new shampoo or grooming product.
  • Your friend already suffers from a tear production problem. An underlying problem like this means they are more prone to eye issues in general.

Symptoms of Canine Conjunctivitis include the following presentations.

  • The moist tissue in your dog’s eye looks red or pink.
  • You notice any discharge in your dog’s eye, including clear fluids or pus.
  • Your dog’s eyeballs are swollen.
  • Something looks different about your dog’s eyes, but you can’t put your finger on it. Conjunctivitis can cause follicle formation, which is a tissue accumulation on the surface of the eyes. It will look like cobblestone and occurs as an immune response to eye irritation.
  • Your dog is scratching at it’s eyes. Conjunctivitis feels itchy, so this could be a sign of problems.
  • Other cold like symptoms are present in your dog’s behavior. Upper respiratory infections can also cause pink eye.

You can even give your dog pink eye if you have it yourself. This is not the sort of treat you want to share, however. It’s an unfortunate way to relate to your dog!

This video gives a little more detail about spotting eye issues your dog may be having. It isn’t limited to pink eye or conjunctivitis. It will help you recognize other eye problems your dog may suffer from as well.

My Dog Has Pink Eye- Help!

Do the symptoms above sound familiar to you? Since the question, can dogs get pink eye brought you here, I’m afraid they might. The first thing you can do is relax.

This is a treatable condition and your dog is only in minor discomfort.

That being said, we hate to see our dog friends in pain of any kind. Therefore, your next move must be a call to your vet. Tell your vet about the symptoms you see in your dog and that you suspect pink eye.

Another important reason to call your vet right away is that some other more serious conditions can look like pink eye. Keratitis, uveitis, and glaucoma all display symptoms that you might also mistake for pink eye. These are things you must address right away or your dog could go blind.

So, you’re going to call your vet now, right? That’s an excellent idea.

You’ll receive immediate advice over the phone or your vet will suggest that you bring your dog in for an appointment. Like I always say, there is no substitute for professional medical advice when it comes to your dog.

My heart goes out to you and your dog in this situation, however. I’m here to help and hope your friend feels better soon!

There are a few things you can do to help your dog right now, and I’ve done some research for you to lay that out. Keep in mind, most of these treatments will soothe your dog but may not actually heal the pink eye.

How To Treat Canine Conjunctivitis​

The first thing you can do to help your dog is to change its bedding. Pull out a clean sheet or blanket for your dog to rest on and wash whatever he or she has been using. If you have a hypoallergenic detergent handy, use it to wash new bedding for your dog.

Next, a warm or cool compress could help your dog relax. This also provides relief from the pain and itching that pink eye brings to the table. Make sure the cloth isn’t too hot or too cold, however! That certainly won’t be soothing at all.​

Instead of using a cloth as a compress, you can use a warm bag of chamomile tea. Before you do this, read all of the ingredients in the tea. For instance, it would be terrible to put anything like cinnamon in your dog’s eye. Therefore, you must be sure the tea is not blended with irritating ingredients.

After you steep the tea bag, let it cool down until it is warm to the touch before applying it to your dog.

Additionally, you can make an eyewash out of chamomile tea and use it as an eye rinse on your dog. The recipe I’m linking you to contains apple cider vinegar, which I do not recommend. Honey is safe to add to the mixture, however, and is also soothing.

I’m a realist, though. I’m not sure how easy it is to get a dog to sit still for an eyewash. You can fall back on giving your dog plenty of fluids and lots of quiet rest time so its body can recover and heal itself. If you make your dog very comfortable while he recovers, you’re doing something right.

Administer any antibiotic eye drops your vet may prescribe you exactly as the vet instructs you. It may not be safe to mix any home made eyewash with antibiotic drops, so be sure to question your vet about this before you do it.

Tips On Effectively Administering Eye Drops To Your Dog​

If you do have to administer eye drops or want to try any of these tips for the home remedy eyewash, this video could help. It provides a great step-by-step method that you can use to calm and steady your dog. It also reviews how to actually administer the drops or ointment your vet prescribed you.

I’ll summarize it for you, too.

  • Get your pet into a calm state. Your dog can sit or comfortably recline. You want to discourage movement.
  • Have all of your tools ready beforehand so you don’t have to leave your dog and risk him getting fidgety. This equipment includes something to wipe your dog’s eye with when you are done and the drops or ointment you are putting into your dog’s eyes. You can also have a treat ready to thank your dog for behaving.
  • Clean the eye area gently with the cloth before administering the medication. Wipe your dog’s eye area with a warm, clean cloth or cotton ball. These are soft and safe near your dog’s eyes.
  • Tip your dog’s face upward and gently pull back their eyelid to administer the medication. This will help the drops or ointment stay in your dog’s eye and not run down the fur.
  • Wipe the area around your dog’s eye again to keep it clean. This will also reduce your pet’s inclination to rub or try to clean the area.

Can Dogs Get Pink Eye? You Bet- Here’s How To Prevent It.

Prevention is the first important part of dog care. I bet you’d like some information on how to keep your dog from getting pink eye in the first place. The best part is, it’s pretty easy to do.

If your dog is prone to pink eye, keep his eye area clean. Use a warm, wet cloth to wipe the eyes frequently, especially after walks. Additionally, you can clean your dog’s eyes after he's done playing outside or with other dogs.

You can also pay attention to activities, locations, and times that cause pink eye symptoms. This way, you may identify an irritant that doesn’t agree with your dog. Then, just avoid that in the future.

If you are at the dog park or having a play date with your dog and some other dog in the crowd has irritated eyes, beware! It’s safer to move your dog along than to risk dealing with pink eye. At the same time, don’t sweat it too much if your dog is exposed to the condition.

It’s more of an irritation than a serious matter, most of the time.​

Can Dogs Get Pink Eye? Yes, And Now You Know All About It!

So, now you know that your dog can get pink eye. I hope this article cleared up some of your questions about the whole situation. It’s unpleasant, but knowledge is empowering.

In addition, you’re ready to look for signs of pink eye that include these symptoms.​

  • Your dog is scratching at its eyes.
  • You can also see redness in your dog’s eyes.
  • The eyes are dry or puffy.
  • Your dog’s eyes are tearing or oozing.

You’ll call your vet right away and do whatever they say. I really can’t stress this enough. It’s fun to write these articles and inform you all about dog care, but your vet always has the final say. I really love dogs and have a knack for research, but I’m not a vet myself.

That being said, we’ve learned that it is usually safe to flush the eye area with a soothing concoction like I recommend here, or distilled water. Also, you’ll clean your dog’s bedding and keep his eye area clean until the condition subsides.

It’s not a bad idea to clean your dog’s bedding regularly, too.

Please share this article with a friend who is also asking themselves, can dogs get pink eye. You’ve got my personal invitation to share any irritants you know bother your dog and how you deal with this problem at home, too. That’s what the comments section is for.

I love to hear from you on any and all dog related topics, so follow me on social media, too!

Until next time, I wish you and your dog perfect health.

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Lauren is a young woman with a true passion for animals. She has kept many pets over the years and has intimate knowledge of their needs both emotionally and physically. She loves that her dogs keep her so active and satisfy her desire to spend lots of time in nature.

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