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    Conjunctivitis in Dogs

    Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye or red eye, is as common in dogs as it is in humans. It’s an itchy inflammation of the tissue that coats the eye, called the conjunctiva.

    Conjunctivitis can happen at any age, by itself or because of another eye problem.

    While just one eye is typically affected, conjunctivitis can spread to both.

    Symptoms

    • Redness
    • Puffy eyelids
    • Stringy discharge
    • Watery eyes
    • Pawing at his eyes
    • Squinting
    • Eyelids that stick together

    At the first sign of these symptoms, it’s best to take your dog to the vet. He can tell what type of conjunctivitis you’re dealing with and how to treat it. Plus it may be a more serious condition that could cause blindness if left untreated.

    Common Types

    Allergic Conjunctivitis

    This allergic reaction is often seasonal and not contagious.

    Causes

    • Dust mites
    • Pollen
    • Mold
    • Dander
    • Cosmetics and perfumes
    • Drugs

    Treatments

    • Cold compresses
    • Artificial tears
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    • Antihistamines
    • Steroid eye drops

    Viral Conjunctivitis

    This is caused by a virus, spreads easily, and can take up to 3 weeks to get better.

    Causes

    Treatments

    • Cold compresses
    • Artificial tears
    • Steroid eye drops

    Bacterial Conjunctivitis

    This type is also very contagious.

    Causes

    • Streptococcus (strep)
    • Staphylococcus (staph infection)

    Treatments

    • Antibiotic eye drops or ointments

    WebMD Veterinary Reference

    Reviewed by Amy Flowers, DVM on November 23, 2014

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