Does My Dog Have Pink Eye

by Susan Meyer
(Richmond, Va)

Possible Case of a Dog Eye Infection

Possible Case of a Dog Eye Infection

Reader Question: Does My Dog have Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis

Two of my three dogs have a discharge from their eyes. The third has a minimal amount, that normally wouldn't cause me to give it a second thought. Do you think it could be pink eye? If yes, what should we do in regards to treatment?

Veterinarian Suggestion for Pink Eye in Dogs

Hi Susan,

Dogs do not get the same type of infection that is called “pink eye” in people, but they can certainly get other infections or have reactions to irritating substances in the environment that cause similar symptoms.

Because all three of your dogs seem to be affected, I think a contagious infection or something in the environment are the most likely causes. If something has changed recently in their environment (e.g., you started burning incense or switched cleaning products) then that could be to blame. Otherwise, it is probably safest to make an appointment with your veterinarian, particularly if your dogs’ eyes are looking worse or you are starting to notice other symptoms (e.g., coughing or sneezing).

If you are dealing with an infection, the sooner you start treatment the faster everyone will be back to normal.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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