PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

Eye discharge is a common pet problem

A common concern of many pet owners is the presence of discharge in their dog’s or cat’s eyes. While this symptom is quite common, most of the time it is not significant and does not require medical treatment. The most common cause of discharge (often referred to as “eye crust”) is airborne allergens which can cause weepy eyes as in people. Other times, frequent eye discharge can indicate a clogged tear duct, although in this case the discharge is usually much thicker. Many times these mild discharges bother the owner more than the pet, and so I often advise clients to leave such issues alone.

When asked about eye discharge or mucus, I simply advise clients to wipe it away with a moist cloth or with some mild Visine eye drops. Most cases do not need veterinary attention and/or antibiotic therapy. However, if the discharge displays any of the below symptoms, then a veterinary exam would be recommended for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Symptoms to look for with eye discharge in pets:

  • Discharge becomes thicker
  • Discharge develops a green or yellow color
  • Discharge has a bad odor

Many pets with light-colored coats will often have dark staining under their eyes because of certain pigments in the tears and/or clogged tear ducts. As a result, clients will often ask about medications to reduce or eliminate the staining. The product Angels’ Eyes for dogs and cats works quite well; however, in the past this product has relied on the use of an oral antibiotic called Tylosin which in my opinion, if used long-term, can lead to imbalance of bacterial populations in the digestive tract and antibiotic resistance. Angels’ Eyes Natural Tear Stain Remover has since been reformulated without the use of Tylosin.

Many dogs develop conditions where their eyes don’t produce adequate tears, called dry eye, which can lead to a thick mucus buildup on the surface or cornea of the eye. I have found lubricants such as Puralube Vet Ointment and LiquiTears sometimes a more practical economic alternative to the more expensive Optimmune prescribed by many veterinarians.

If the above treatments do not help, or your pet’s eyes are severely red or light sensitive, it’s always best to have a veterinary exam to rule out more serious eye infections or ulcers. For simple infections or eye ulcers, I have found inexpensive prescription antibiotics such as Terramycin or B.N.P. Triple Antibiotic Ophthalmic Ointment to be as effective as some of the more expensive prescription drugs.

Due to the importance of the eyes and the potential for more serious eye conditions, if pet owners are ever in doubt, it is always best to have a proper eye exam by either a general veterinary practitioner or a veterinary ophthalmologist to rule out  more serious disease of the cornea.

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  1. Michelle blizzardApril 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I have a pek who we took to the vet a while ago and they said that he has something wrong with his eyes. I can’t remember what they called it and I am pretty sure that they gave me optimmune to put in his eyes every 12 hours. But he seems like he has more and more gunkie stuff that sometimes covers his whole eyes. They also said that it might make him go blind later on down the road and that he should have surgery to fix it. I believe that they said something about his eye lashes could be causing it but I am not sure. I can’t afford for him to have surgery but I don’t want to see him go blind either. Do you have any other suggestions that may help. If so, Please help me out. I love my dogs and treat them like that are my children and this really bothers me. Thank you and have a great day.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 25, 2011 at 10:32 am

    This is one where I need diagnosis to help advise you. Plus your dog really needs recheck exam to assess eyes and decide on further treatment. You could try artificial tears afew times daily to keep eyes moist in case your pet has dry eye. However really should have recheck exam so meds can be adjusted.

  3. I have a golden doodle. He has been having a milky discharge from his eyes. I also noticed that when I pull down on his lower lid, there seams to be a black flap of skin under his iris. Is this normal

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 11, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Mayor may not be normal. Should have veterinary opthomologic exam to find out.

  5. my shih tzu has been (she is 13 years old) has been diagnosed as not making enough tears, thus the constant eye boogers. i actually use my own Restasis in her eyes and that helps, but what has helped more than ever is that she has developed a terrible rash on her back side, and when i started shampooing her with an anti fungal/bacterial shampoo and then rinsing with a apple cider vinegar rinse, all her symptoms have cleared up almost completely over night. this is a dog that had chewed almost all of her hair on her tail off. just this week i did give her a steroid shot and am considering doing the ivomex just for a precaution. my point is, after all the money and expense, i swear, i think the apple cider vinegar has helped the most.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Apple cider vinegar can indeed help in many skin cases.

  7. Last night I noticed that my chihuahua/ schipperke mix had a large film of mucous covering her entire left eye. No previous symptoms were seen. I wiped it out and thought it was gone. This morning I noticed some more that appeared to harden slightly and adhere to her eye, with a little more under her eye lid. I was able to get it out and noticed that she has been keeping the eye closed for the major part of the day. Any ideas what would cause such thick mucous? I am hoping she is keeping her eye closed asit was irritated from the mucous.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Best to have vet check of eye to make sure not infection, ulcer of cornea or a condition known as dry eye. That will help guide treatment.

  9. I called the vet, but they cannot seeher until Friday. I am wondering if I should take her to the emergency vet room, instead of risking the wait until Friday, which would be almost a week since noticing the mucous. Shehad a clean bill of health two months ago. Also I have three other dogs and a cat, if this is an infection and contamination.

  10. Ok so my dog has a lot of eye boogies.She is 4 years of age and she is a blue nose pitbull.I would wipe her eyes in the middle of the day and then like in to minutes later it will come back.It varies in colors sometimes its clear then it is like a clear green but it doesnt smell.Its very slimy and im very worried because I dont want her to go blind.Any advice.If so thank you so much.Have a good day and thank you for reading.

  11. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    With any eye issues it is best to have an exam by a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  12. My 5 year old pug has a lot of mucus like substance in his eye. And he can’t really open it. Eye looks a bit discolored. Should I just clean his eyes up?

  13. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Probably best to have vet exam and check to rule out eye infection.

  14. I have a 2 year old yorkie that has had eye problems of him wanting to scratch and ends up crying because be scratches his eyes, so we decided to Put on a cone, he has had the cone on for a little over a month because he insists on scratching and cries if we touch around his eyes, there would also-sometimes be excessive mucus coming out but cleaning it, it would go away they are a little swollen but then it goes away, we got saline for him and it seems to have helped. Today I woke up and his eye was shut and I tried to open it and he cried and went under the bed, when he came out it was open like normal though, but when he sleeps it closes up then he wakes up and it opens withing about 2 min. What can I do to stop the pain in his eyes or stop the scratching? I bought tear stain remover wipes today.

  15. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 15, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Best to have vet exam to make sure no scratches on cornea that may need topical antibiotics, etc. Sometimes dogs itch at their eyes because of chronic allergies. Topical and/or oral corticosteroids may be needed in case like this and can be prescribed by your vet. Antihistamines such as chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily may help.

  16. My Persian cat has been having this goop from one eye only. He doesn’t appear to be in any kind of pain, and doesn’t mind at all when I clean him up. Appears to be colorless, except the crusted part, and has no odor. But there is a lot of it. Throughout the day, and only in that one eye. Could that still be a sign of allergies?

  17. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 17, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Yes Still could be allergies, but always best with eye symptoms to have complete vet exam and evaluation for proper diagnosis.

  18. I have a Bernese Mountain Dog. Just a few weeks ago we took him to the vet to get his annual shots. Prior to his appointment, every once in a while he would get some eye boogies but very seldom. The first few mornings after his shots appointment He started getting a little bit of green puss come out the tear duct corner of his left eye, I didn’t notice any smell just the color. I figured he was only having a mild reaction to the shots and figured it would go away within a few days. Well the green puss went away but it turned into a ton of eye boogies and crust and now it is in both eyes. It has been exactly 2 weeks since his appointment and every morning I have to wipe away the crust and boogies from both of his eyes. Is this normal? Should I get him checked? Or could it just be allergies and only a coincidence that it started happening right after his appointment? We live in Germany and I know the allergens in this country are far worse than those in the states.

  19. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 17, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Eriks. SO sad as I see this issue all of the time as a holistic oriented veterinarian who also has training in traditional vet medicine. This is DEFINITELY related to vaccination, which has been shown to worsen allergic responses to pollens, etc in dogs. Hopefully nothing else much going on, but I would strongly recommend seeing a vet skilled in veterinary homeopathy, to help with improving his health over long period of time. To learn more about homeopathy go to as well as my website Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consults. Most traditional vets will just give you topical cortisone/antibiotic eye drops, but that suppression of the discharge may lead to other chronic health problems over time, in my opinion and experience as a holistic veterinarian.

  20. I have a feral kitten with pus discharge in her eye and sneezes alot. Shes also not eating. What can I treat this with?

  21. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianApril 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Best to have vet check ASAP to see if antibiotics are needed. In meantime try L lysine from 1800petmeds.

  22. I have a 1 year old Beagle and yesterday I noticed she had her normal eye crusties. Today my fiancé and I noticed that she kept getting them all day. There’d be a yellowish mucous forming in the corner of her eyes, I’d wipe it off, and it’ll come back minutes later. She seems to be acting her usual old self. Earlier this evening when I was cleaning her eyes I noticed they were a little red and were watering. I really hope it’s not terribly serious but I do want to know if there’s something wrong with my dog

  23. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJune 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Sounds like could be some sort of allergic inflammation of inner surfaces of eyes, which is common this time of year in many areas of country. Consider vet exam as often topical antibiotic/steroid eye drops usually help resolve the redness and inflammation.

  24. My dog is a Texas heeler and we recently went out of town and he just into the lake without looking and now he has this mucu stuff in his eyes. I got tear duct cleaner but the mucus is still showing. Is this a serious problem?

  25. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 8, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Best to have vet check to rule out infection, tear problem or allergy

  26. I have a 3 yr old mastiff who has thick yellow discharge from his eyes. It’s causing him to get sores where it drips from his wyes. I gave him allergy meds & it stopped but he also has dry flaky skin. His hair is falling out on his back & he is developing little scabs. It seems to only happen in the summer. What’s wrong with him?

  27. I have a 10-year-old rescue dog. Chow/Australian Shepherd mix. He has a lot of mucus in his left eye, more than in the right. I took him to the vet, who gave me two tubes of ointment after checking for scratches and tear duct issues. It’s been two weeks on the ointment and nothing has changed.
    He has had allergies in the past -last summer he scratched a lot and we had him on Benadryl. This year absolutely no itching, but now his eyes are full of gunk day and night. I do use Burt’s bees eye wash, but nothing helps, not even the $45 of ointment I’ve been using.

    Vet mentioned it could be thyroid. What does that mean?
    I have an appointment scheduled, but now I’m worried.

  28. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 15, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Low thyroid may or may not be involved, but usually there are other symptoms of low thyroid i.e weight gain, lethargy, skin issues, etc. I would ask your vet to check for tear production as sounds like could be dry eye. In which case topical tacrolimus drops is best drug for that…. Always can ask for referral to vet opthomologist in your area.

  29. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 15, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Sounds like seasonal allergies known as atopy in dogs. I would see a vet for likely topical antibiotic/steroid eye drops for the eye allergies, and possibly antibiotic and/or antihistamine therapy for the skin part of the allergies.

  30. are kittens are outside cats and their mamma just brought them out today and their eyes are matted closed with green gross stuff what do i do ive tried whipping it off with a warm water rag but it just keeps coming back. One of the kitten eyes are so bad it cant see out either eye. Its kinda gross and i have a week stomach when it comes to this stuff should i take them to the vet or just keep whipping their eyes?

  31. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 18, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Probably best to take to vet, as does sound like they may have infection that may need topical or systemic antibiotics. Some kittens have herpes viral infections of eye, which need more aggressive management.

  32. my cat has runny green mucus from her eyes this is not a often type thing its like an everyday type thing when she first wakes up from her nap she sneezes and blows chunks of green mucus everywhere and I don’t know what the cause of it is took her to the vet and they gave her some medicine but its not working she also sound like she has a scratchy throat when she meows what can be the cause of this and how do I stop it??

  33. My dog has milky discharge in her left eye a couple times a day excesive thirst wines middle of night very little appetite i have a pomeranian

  34. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 22, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Needs full vet exam and evaluation. Not much I can suggest at home

  35. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Needs vet exam and evaluation as may need different med or antibiotic. I find that many cats with these signs have herpes virus of cats and need immune stimulants like DMG liquid and lysine from 1800petmeds.

  36. My cat work up this morning with a little greenish colored mucus in the inner corner of her eye should I be worried she’s caught something. She does play with a neighboring kitten

  37. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    If greenish discharge persists, then you need to have exam and evaluation

  38. I have a 3 year old maltese. So, my sister got an eye infection when we came back from a trip that made her eye really red but I think it’s fixed now. Anyways, today we realized my dog had this like dark lime green mucus in his tear duct and if you pull the skin up his upper eye is red. So what is this? Plz help 🙁 I love this dog

  39. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Could be allergic eye disease or even condition known as dry eye as well as anatomic issue of eye lid. Best to see vet eye specialist in your area if possible for proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

  40. i have a 16 year old mix. hes got yellow green mucus coming out of his right eye. we wipe it out 2-3 times daily. this has been going on for 2 days. cant afford to go to vet and cant get dog in car -his legs are in bad shape. is there anything i can give him that would help? hes not itching or ribbing yet- his eye is open. he doesnt like me to clean it out but he lets me.

  41. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Try halo pet herbal eye drops which you can get from health food store that carries pet products. Should see vet when possible. Some may do house calls in your area.

  42. Hi we recently got a Maltese dog the owner didnt want it the dogs age is 5 and it has many problems but the main problem we want to solve is the dogs eye infection no matter what we do we cant give the eye ointment to the dog it tries to bite us and we tried every technique the dog is really smart is their anything to do? its really serious.

  43. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    You may want to get a muzzle from a pet supply store, and/or ask vet for a low dose sedative orally to help

  44. My pit mix has recently started having greenish discharge in both of his eyes, I usually wipe it off with a warm, damp rag and give him a 25 mg Benadryl, it seems to work for the most part but is there anything else that I should do?

  45. My pit mix has recently started having greenish discharge in both of his eyes he is acting normal and isn’t scratching at his eyes or anything, I usually wipe it off with a warm, damp rag and give him a 25 mg Benadryl, it seems to work for the most part but is there anything else that I should do?

  46. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 15, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Best to have vet exam to evaluate for eye infection or eye ulcer. Other possibility is allergies that might need prescription topical eye drops.

  47. My 6 month old kitten who I adopted from the Austin Humane Society about a month ago, has a little bit a green discharge in her tearducts when she wakes up after a long nap. Is this something that I should go to a vet for? She doesn’t have any other symptoms like sneezing or anything, so I’m not sure.

  48. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Doesn’t sound like much to worry about, but never hurts to have a vet check it out to make sure no mild infection and/or allergy to eyes.

  49. Hi my 5 month old siberian husky has a little red in his eye hard to see actually, when he wakes up from sleeping there is a little goo not much but should I be worried or do you think it’s just dirt or dust, and will saline solution help to wash it out plain saline solution.

  50. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianSeptember 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Best to have vet exam to make sure no eye infections or allergies that may require topical antibiotics.

  51. I have a 1 year old pit bull and for the past two days her eyes have been really red and slight puffy and she’s producing more mucus than normal. I’m thinking it’s just allergies but I’m not sure.

  52. This is useless. All that is said is take your pets to the vet. Why does this even exist?

  53. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

    This website is of educational purposes and informational purposes. Always have to cover my bases in recommending vet evaluations as it is difficult to make a definitive diagnosis and prescribe specific medications from a verbal prescription.

  54. I noticed about 2 days ago that my German Shepherd Max has green discharge around both eyes and some sensitivity to light. We’d LOVE to take him to the vet, however our funds are a little low. I’m really worried about him, is there any home remedies that could help? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  55. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 19, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    A vet exam and proper evaluation and diagnosis is ideal here. You could try a drop of cod liver oil in each eye 3 to 4 times daily, as well as giving a teaspoon of cod liver oil mixed with each meal

  56. I have a 3 month old poodle mix I just now realized 1 eye he keeps closed I looked at it and it has some white thick mucus I wiped it off with a damp warm cloth but he still keeps it closed. What home remedies or in expensive eye drop can I get him?

  57. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    With any eye issues in dogs, especially at this age, it is best to have a full veterinary exam to check for ulcers of cornea, etc

  58. I have a 9 year old Pomeranian with a heart mummer. He currently takes a low dose of Anallapril. He is constantly coughing but its been regular since hes been on the medicine. He was fine all day, but when we went to feed him tonight we noticed he didn’t come right away. he stayed laying down where he was. When we went over to time we noticed that his eye is red along the top of the area that should be white and his pupil was filmy. there was a bunch of gunk coming out and he was not able to see (he only has one eye). Is there anything i can do to help him until we can get him to the vet?

  59. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJanuary 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Hopefully you got this problem taken care of, as any eye issue needs an immediate vet exam ASAP

  60. I have a 7 month old black with copper eyes male cat little fuzzball 1 white whisker
    On first visit ( got him at 6 months old)
    Asked vet abt eye discharge said drop visine 2 times day on nose but not for how long should also bit of shake head , did quick swap said he’s fine, healthy no big head, toe check up quick baby shot, clip nails 5 minute visit . I looked at ears no discharge still bit gooey eye otherwise head shake just a little

  61. My pug is 8 years old and has a mucus discharge from his left eye only. I seem to have to wipe/clean his left eye all the time. The eye seems irritated and oftentimes he would be itching it. What eye drop can I safely use to cleanse and soothe his eye and why is this discharge happening? Thank you.

  62. Hi. I have a choc. lab. He is 11 years old. Just recently he started to have a very thick, brown mucus in his right eye. It looks like it kind of floats at the bottom of his eye. He has never had this before. I did change his food and he is my one pet who has a tendency to have allergies as with food and all. I use to have a foul odor even within 3 days of a bath. Should I just wait a few more weeks to let the old food kick in?

  63. My one cat is like 13 years old maybe older and he has like a medium amount of like dark thick liquid like substance in the corner of his eye where his teatduck would be I guess and it’s been like this for a while now so is there anything I can do to make it go away ?

  64. My 8 yr old lab has tumors, and thank goodness it is not cancer because our vet extracted liquid from the tumor and tested it. The vet said to monitor the size of the tumor. Lately she has been very lethargic, and she had a hard time breathing last night.. I am wondering if the tumors has grown inside by her organs and is concerned. What should I do?

  65. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I would go to vet for x rays to check lungs for cancer, infection, fluid, etc

  66. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    He needs an exam to make sure no infection, allergies, etc

  67. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Best to have vet check in this type of situation, in case infection or allergies, although a dietary trial like you are doing well worth it to see if food hypersensitivity involved.

  68. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 18, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Always best in cases like this to have proper eye exam to make sure no infection, allergy, foreign bodies in eye, dry eye condition, etc

  69. My kitten is coming up on 6 months old. I got her from this local cat rescue organization. When we got her, she was 4 months and had an upper respiratory infection. With antibiotics, she cleared up within a couple weeks. She received her first shots 6 weeks ago. All vaccinations are free through the organization as part of the fee we payed at adoption. However, three weeks after the first shots, we went back to do her second, and the ladies there (not veterinarians, but have much experience) noticed that my kitten has a weepy eye. Her right eye has a discharge, clear in color, that they were concerned could be feline herpes. I’ve had cats with this clear weepy eye before, and it was never an issue. Always just good ol allergens. And she’s had it since we received her, though we thought it to be a symptom of the upper respiratory. Her eyes look healthy and they aren’t ever red or puffy. Now we got her from these ladies, and she is indoor only and a totally spoiled only cat. If she does have herpes, she got it when she was with them, no? Anyway, that was the first we’d been told of it. They are refusing to give her the second shots until she isn’t showing this symptom. Does that make any sense to you? It really doesn’t to me and today is her last day to get the second shots ,or else we’ll need to start over. She shows no sign of depression, she sneezes only here and there, like any human would, and she loves to eat. Does this sounds like feline herpes? (We plan to take her to a vet anyway. The insight just helps and we’re frustrated because we weren’t notified sooner and haven’t been able to plan for it being something serious financially.)

  70. The my dog always have discharge in the morning when he wakes up. But over the last couple of days he has had abnormal discharge in both eyes. At one point it looked as if there was a film over his eye like fish scales. My husband and I laid him down and rinsed out his eye with a saline solution. He has not been scratching or rubbing his eyes and they are not red or pink . Can you tell me why now after almost two years he’s having issues.

  71. Mark Jerome FajardoJanuary 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Our 2 year old shih tzu has been acting differently these past 2 days. There was a change in his behavior. He eats and drinks a little but not as much as before. He also has a lot of yellowish eye discharge. I’m worried as he doesn’t show any other symptoms. He doesn’t even have fever. Any ideas of what this might be?

  72. Hello Dr,
    I have an old Pug (Maxx) that is my Grandfathers and my son’s best friend! He’s very dear to my son and my grandfather isn’t really the best pet caregivers he is old, and jes mostly thinks everything is normal only because he’s cheap. Lol Anyway, I don’t have the funds to take him to the vet. I’ve been bugging my grandpa to give me the money to take him myself to get him a full checkup. I clean his eyes daily, clean his ears from last ear mites, but his left eye seems to be alot more mucus them usual,and I’ve noticed he is itching both eyes by rubbing against his legs. Licks his leg to get it every,then ribs his eyes and repeats. That’s when I step in with the warm rag. Its extra wet around the left eye, and long mucus blobs coming out even after I rub clean. Hes always had boogery eyes but recently past couple days they have progressed and i know he needs evaluation from vet. He also has had dry scabby itchy patches of skin months back that he was brought to vet and was given antibiotic which helped and he had balls spots which grew back. But, his dry skin hasn’t stopped,and looks like he’s always insane,when it’s just excessive dandruff. My gpa has always given them olive oil in their food,and i know its supposed to help their coats, except I’m wondering since its not working, of maybe he happens to be allergic. Here has has tiny crusty spots all over him, dry tummy, and always seems to lobe being scratched ago i know out had to itch. In the meantime while i continue to try and convince my gpa with the seberity of his conditions, what natural products could i use for his scalp/skin, extreme shedding, and extreme eye mucus. ( his eyes dont close shut but you cam tell it bugs him) He’s old so i know he could be going blind also. My my gpa is blind in one eye and has same issue sometimes. Oh! Also, he has a really crusty nose in the tip amd sometimes parts break off like a scab. Ive tried vitamin e, vasoline, but no change. Amd its clise to that wrinkly in his face above his nose which im constantly cleaning because he has has an infection there bedore. I love him amd camt stand the fact i myself camt afford his bet, amd that my gpa is not concerned at all amd has GOOD MONEY but is too CHEAP to let go of some for me to send Maxx to vet and PROPPER WEAKLY GROOMING. Please help. I read all problems and amswers above about eye rinses and certain meds for the eye. Ill the rinses in the mean time but please let le know of other natural helpful remedies for meantime while i try convincing my goa. Ill turn him eventually pretty soon but i cant stand my sons best friend suffering with even an an itch , let alone all the other issues he has. Provided he is old! ,but no animal should suffer from anything like these annoying issues.
    Thanks for reading, thanks for this helpful site, and id appreciate any advice. Especially since youre educated in both vet med practices, and homeopathic vet practices. Thank you,

  73. Cont. Also, sorry so long of a letter :/ lol

  74. My kitten is 12 or 13 weeks old. When we got her she had what seemed to be an infection in her eye. No discharge or anything but her eyeball was twice as big as the other one. She was 4 weeks old and we saved her. I took her to the vet and we put her on antibiotics and eye drops. They never shrank the eye but the film that was covering it went away. Anyways, now her eye is still big… But it doesn’t hurt her and she can see out of it. Do you still think we need to have the eye removed? Could we keep her on eye drops? Is there any alternative – i just don’t want to take her little eye out.

  75. 10 yr. Old Cocker spaniel being treated by opthalmologist. She has dry eye and also had surgery on eye for benign autoimmune mass. She gets Tacrolimus abd Cyclosporin drops. She tends to rub her eye after drops then licks the hair on her leg or paw. Is this harmful? She has gastro issues with vomiting at times and diahrea.

  76. I have a 10 month old German shepard cross husky. I took him to the vet because his eyes very red with a little pus coming out every so often. The vet gave me ointment for conjunctivitis for 5 days. We finished the ointment on Friday and now his eyes aren’t red hut he has a lot of pus in the mornings almost filling his eyes. Not sure if it is caused by the ointment still or if there is another problem.

  77. I have a 2 month old pitbull mixed with stafordshire bull terrier yesterday in the morning i noticed he was sad i saw mucus coming out of both corners of his eyes he didnt wanted to eat till later and then wanted to play and all but i dont know if a piece of cheesecake affected him

  78. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 19, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    I doubt the cheese cake affected him. Best to have vet exam and evaluation if signs persist or worsen, as lots of possibilities here.

  79. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Sounds like still an ongoing eye issue. BEst to return to vet for recheck exam of eyes, and probably best to see vet specialist or opthomologist on this one

  80. Hi
    I have a 9month old GSD x Mastiff
    She has very bad gooey eyes in the morning very thick stringy sometimes green in colour
    Her whites of her eyes are a tinge of brown and red around the edges
    I live in Australia and am unsure if it may be pollen related or maybe food allergy
    They dont bother her are not swollen
    Just bothering me more

  81. Both of these are possible as well as other inflammatory or allergic corneal diseases. She should have full vet exam and proper diagnosis

  82. Hi doctor, I have a Cavalier King Charles and pretty much since she was around 1 year of age she has had a stringy mucus in her eyes that I remove about every couple of hours. In the morning the strings are thicker. No odor or color. Would it be OK to use human artificial tears in her eyes? I have dry eyes and so I always have the tears on hand.

    Are the strings usually caused by dry eye? I didn’t think it was as her eyes are always wet looking and she has eye stains on her fur under her eyes.
    Thank you!

  83. I dont see a problem using the artificial tears, but you should still see your local veterinarian, as like you, your pet may have dry eye, which may need prescription topical medications such as tacrolimus or cyclosporine, etc

  84. My dog is a Mini Australian Shepard, and always has the occasional eye discharge, but the las two days it has dramatically increased. it seems to be a green/yellow color. Any idea what this may be?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

  85. Many possibilities from simple upper allergy to virus or bacterial infection. I would have vet exam and evaluation to see if prescription topical antibiotics needed.

  86. Hello i have a chiwawa and hes about 7 years old all of a sudden one eye is swoolen shut like a golf ball hes moving his neck werid crying loud if we get close to him i see a big blob of green puss justvhanging out of his eye looks likeva spider bite or a abcess he hides under the bed where i cant reach him i want to help him but im scarred he will bite me or i could hurt him. Or my other dogs will bumb him and he cries and growls loud

  87. HI Christina. With ANY sort of eye emergency, it is very important to have a physical exam ASAP as eye ulcers of cornea can be emergencies. I would go to vet as soon as you can

  88. Ok so this has been going on for a while and the vet has no idea what it is. Her eye has a reoccurring mucus that’s a pale shade a green. It covers her complete left eye, but she’s also blind in her left eye too. Her right eye is fine and has never had this problem, however. It doesn’t stop there though, because she has some sort of skin condition that even prescription steroids can’t fix, and we follow the amount we have to give her too. She’s always sleeping, and never goes out to play anymore, except to eat and drink water, as well as go to the bathroom. This has been occurring for possibly 2 years now, and when we tried to put her down so she wouldn’t be suffering anymore, our vet called it wrong and inhuman. She has several bald spots where she scratches herself until it bleeds, and no one has any idea what it is. If you have any idea at all it would help a lot. She’s almost 8-9 years old now. Thanks for reading.

  89. Try coconut or olive oil for her skin. It could be a form of excessive dry skin and either one will act as a natural deep conditioner. I wish I could tell u wht to do about the eye. I hate when one of my babies get sick. 2 or 4 legged.

  90. HI Barbara. Excellent suggestions regarding the coconut oil and olive oil. Often can be quite helpful

  91. Hello, My dog is over 10, small, and has a discharge freezing her littĺe eyes closed. She wakes-up in a panic, till i put water (warm) on her eyes to brake the hold of her discharge after it has hardened after sleep. This works for a while, then i have to put on the B.N.P.triple antibiotic ophthalmic ointment.That seems to take her thrugh the day till night again, then more ointment.
    Thank you for your inexspensive cure

  92. Hi DAle. Dont know if I have an inexpensive cure on this one. You need a definitive diagnosis of your dog’s specific eye condition for the best long term treatment here. I would go back to vet and have Schirmer tear test done to check for dry eye, which can appear like this, as well as fluorscein eye stain to see if scratch on cornea or ulcer. If dry eye or immune mediated condition of eye, then topical prescription drops like cyclosporine and/or tacrolimus may be needed here. You may want to ask your vet for referral to vet eye specialist in your area, fi you want expert opinion on this

  93. My brother in law has a lab that is completely blind in both eyes. For over a month now he has been having a thick mucus coming out of both his eyes but it’s worse in the left than the right. Also, sometimes the lower part of his eyes will droop and be very red. When this happens, he also has thick drool hanging from his mouth and his breathing seems to be heavy. Any idea what may be happening?

  94. HI Angie. This sounds like a very complex situation, given blind in both eyes, etc. The drooling and heavy breathing may have many causes, and without examining and evaluating dog in person, there are too many possibilities for me to give useful advice on this forum. I would recommend a full veterinary exam and evaluation. The drooping of the eye, and drooling could indicate a problem with what is known as the cranial nerves of the head, which could be part of the same disease that caused the blindness or not.

  95. My lab/standard poodle mix has chronic eye mucus. She has been tested for dry eyes and does not have it. Vet has treated her with Tobradex and Polymycin mix with steroid but the drainage always returns. She is seven and this has gone on for about a year. Her conjunctiva get red and the drainage is thick white to white yellow in color. She rubs her head against the furniture and bedding to try and remove it herself. I flush her eyes with artificial tears but it comes right back. Costly and frustrating.

  96. In my experience and opinion, even if your pet tested normal on Schirmer tear test, many of these pets still may respond to the topical dry eye medicines used, such as cyclosporine eye drops or tacrolimus eye drops, as most of these topical dry eye meds also often help with allergic and/or inflammatory/immune mediated eye conditions of the conjunctiva, etc, which you could ask your vet if these topical prescription eye meds may be appropriate . Also make sure your vet looks at underlying inhalent/contact allergies known as canine atopy, as this may be another reason why she rubs her eyes alot, etc leading to eye inflammation and discharge, and may need systemic allergy eye meds such as antihistamines, low dose cortisone or one of the newer oral allergy meds in dogs like Atopica or apoquel. Hope this helps. If this not helps, then consider asking your vet for referral to eye specialist in your area.

  97. Yes coconut oil all over dog was on drugs for years. It didn’t help made him sicker. I use only the coconut now his sink is great

  98. I have a pug who will be 5 in Oct…he was on and off steroids for about a yr…they didn’t help…he just got slightly chubby…he still kept scratching and chewing on himself…I MADE my vet do a full allergy test…turns out he’s highly allergic to everything including himself!
    Because his eyes stick out farther than the average dog…he gets sleepy boogies…today was the first day I noticed the boogies were a yellowish greenish color…I know it’s probably due to his massive list of allergies….
    I recommend telling ur vet to test for allergies…just by taking blood the test will show foods, things in house, outside, etc
    Hope all works out!

  99. Any thick green or yellow discharge from the eyes should always have proper vet exam for correct diagnosis and appropriate prescription medication whether topical antibiotic or topical antibiotic/steroid combination. For your pet Crystal, I would also ask your vet about newer prescription meds for allergies such as apoquel or the new injection known as ADI or Cytopoint. Blood tests for food allergies are not considered accurate by most veterinary dermatologists so I would not waste money or energy testing for food allergies. I am also not fan of having local vets test for airborn contact allergies known as atopic allergic disease, as these tests are often difficult to interpret, based on which lab is used and the specific allergens you have in your area. Best in my opinion to have these tests done by proper veterinary dermatologist, Gold standard for allergy testing is still considered skin testing by most veterinary dermatologists

  100. Ok so my cat has did charge coming outta his eyes and now outta his ears and his ears stink and eyes are red and puss and help on what I could give him I can’t afford the vet???

  101. HI Martina. You can try zymox otic HC from 1800petmeds to ears which may help as well as oral antihistamine like chlorphenirimine at dose of 2 mg twice daily, which is over the counter at drug store in case problems is with allergies. if signs persist or worsen, you must see vet for exam and workup

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