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My dog has developed an eye discharge mainly on 1 eye. She has always had bloodshot eyes and I'm wondering if it will clear on its own? It doesn't seem to bother her much but I am concerned.
There are a couple of reasons why dogs get an eye discharge.
1. allergy - she can be allergic to something in the environment. Generally if this is the case, both eyes are affected and the discharge is watery and clear and it tends to be itchy. Allergies normally present with other signs as well eg itchy skin, sneezing etc.
2. conjunctivitis - caused by a virus or bacteria. It often starts off as a clear discharge which then gets pus-y. Eye ointment or drops are needed to clear it up (see your local vet).
3. trauma - dogs shove their faces into grass/plants often in search for new smells so they sometimes get a jab in the eye from grass seeds, twigs etc. This will also result in an eye discharge. Your local vet can rule out whether an ulcer has developed in the eye or not as a result of the offending jab in the eye. If there is an ulcer in the eye, the dog will normally have a squint in that eye.
I'd say wait a day or two to see if the situation improves. Definitely take the dog in to your local vet if it doesn't or starts getting worse.
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