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Advice From Dr. Lindsey: How to Address Eye Discharge

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Authored by: Dr. Lindsey, DVM

Cats and dogs both frequently get the “morning crusties” eye discharge just like us humans. But dogs and cats can also get abnormal eye discharge that can signify an eye problem. Some common symptoms of eye problems are excessive discharge, yellow/green discharge, pawing or rubbing the eyes, the white part of the eye appears red, squinting, or swelling around the eye.

Your vet can run tests to figure out the cause of the eye issue. Sometimes just one eye is affected but depending on the problem both eyes may be affected. Some causes of eye issues include seasonal allergies, infection, trauma, or hereditary problems like cherry eye. The treatment for eye issues depends on the cause. It’s important to keep the eyes clean with a nice, warm wash cloth if there is any buildup of discharge. Depending on the eye problem, your vet may have your pet where a “cone of shame” so they don’t paw or rub their eyes.

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Dr. Lindsey graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 and works in general practice, shelter medicine, and more recently as a civilian contractor veterinarian for the Army. She is also certified in acupuncture and resides in Palm Springs, CA.