Q. This morning my dog came in and had swollen eyes with mucus coming out. They look bloodshot and he paws at them.

A. If your dog's eyes are swollen it is possible that illness or an allergic reaction is causing the problem. It is best to keep your dog from pawing or scratching at the eyes as this can make the swelling worse or cause a secondary infection. If the mucus is green or yellow, it may also indicate and infection has occurred. This is usually treated with antibiotics from your veterinarian. Until you can get to the vet, it is best to prevent your dog from pawing at his eyes with an Elizabethan collar. You can also use a warm wet washcloth to remove any excess debris and keep the eyes open. If the swelling worsens or moves to the head, face or neck it may indicate a medical emergency that should be treated immediately.

Answered By

Related Questions

Related Articles

Herb 'N' Living: Growing a Home Garden for Your Pet

Some animal experts have asserted that pets intuitively eat plants according to their specific medicinal value -- that is, as long as they have several plants to choose from. The problem, however, is that we choose our plants for beauty rather...

Read More
Will You Be Getting a Pet for Christmas?

Holiday movies, television programs and advertisements seem to make it seem like the best time to give or get a new pet is under the tree on Christmas morning. Cute little puppies and kittens festooned with big floppy ribbons, who can...

Read More

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training.

Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD.

User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions.

petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice.

Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.

Continue Reading