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Pink Eye in Dogs - Causes and Treatment

Updated on October 19, 2012

Does your dog have pink eye and how can it be treated?

Pink Eye, also called Conjunctivitis, or Red Eye, is a common medical condition in dogs.

Causes of Pink Eye:

Purulent Conjunctivitis - The eyes are red and swollen and the eye discharge contains mucus and pus. There may be thick discharge that causes crust on the eyelids. This is often caused by the bacteria Streptococcus and Staphylococcus and common treatment is a topical antibiotic ointment. It's best to take your dog to the Vet, but the ointment can be purchased online.

Follicular (mucoid) Conjunctivitis - This condition is when the mucous glands on the underside of the nicitating membrane react to an eye irritant or infection by forming a rough cobblestone surface that irriated the eye and there is mucus discharge. Veterinarians usually prescribe antibitoics and corticosteroid eye ointments.

Serous Conjunctivitis - Eye membranes look pink and swollen. The discharge is clear and watery. Possible causes are wind, cold, dust, allergies, and possibly viral. If the dog is rubbing his face, it is probably allergies. The treatment is to use saline eyewash or artificial tears.

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Terramycin Antibiotic Eye Ointment - It's available for purchase online without prescription in all USA states except CA

If your Dog has an eye infection caused by bacteria, this ointment might help. The typical dosage instructions are to apply about 1" of it to the eye (just under the bottom eyelid), 2-4 times daily, for about 7-10 days. As with any antibiotic, it is important to use it consistently and until the end of the time period, even if symptoms appear to get better right away. This prevents the infection from coming back.

It may cause the Dog's eye to sting a little bit initially. You may see a decrease in symptoms after just a few doses.

Disclaimer: I am not a Vet, and it is best to consult with a Vet before treatment.

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