One of the most common questions asked by animal guardians is why do they have to wipe away the crust or eye boogers from the corners of their pets’ eyes each morning. While this symptom is quite common, most of the time it is not significant and does not require medical treatment. The most common cause is usually airborne allergens which can cause weepy eyes as in people. Other times morning crusties can indicate a clogged tear duct but in this case the discharge is usually much thicker.
When asked about morning eye crust or mucous , 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 crust or discharge becomes thicker, or develops a green or yellow color or bad odor, or the eyes become red or light sensitive and/or the pet is bothering with his or her eyes, then in these cases a veterinary exam would be indicated for proper diagnosis and treatment.
For suggestions on pet products to address eye problems in your dog or cat, including eye discharge, read my previous blog post on Eye Discharge in Dogs.