A slight, lucid discharge from the eyes in dogs is normal, and in some breeds the shape of the face and eyelids in particular make a slight overs pill of tears and subsequent staining of the hair around the eye, especially in white- coated dogs like Labrador and Puddle. The discharge should be carefully removed with a damp cotton wool swab once a day or as often as necessary.
When there is a pronounced staining in the face that threatens to become sore or ulcerated, veterinary advice should be sought as it is possible that surgical correction to the drainage from the eye can be made. An unaccustomed smoky atmosphere or driving with the dog’s head out of the car window may irritate the eyes and cause an excessive discharge. The later habit is dangerous and should never permitted.
If the discharge from the eyes is profuse, contains pus, or is accompanied by persistent signs of pain, veterinary advice should be sought without delay as any injury to the eyes can potentially lead to loss of sight, sometimes permanently.
Persistent discharge from the eyes associated with conjunctivitis (inflammation of the inner lining of the eyelids, often with a pus-like discharge and crusting of the eye lids) may indicate that the dog is suffering from a major disease that requires prompt veterinary help.
Certain anatomical defects of the face and eye (either inherited or acquired), such as in-turning eyelashes (entropic), or extra row of lashes (distichiasis) facial hair causing irritation to the surface of the eye, or small or blocked drainage canals can also cause chronic conjunctivitis. Some surgical correction may be possible, but the veterinarian is likely to advise that the dog should not be used for breeding or showing subsequently.
A dog’s eyes are too important to risk delay or incorrect treatment. Veterinary consultation is always necessary and nothing but veterinary prescribed preparations should be used. Do not be tempted to use eye drops that have been prescribed for a previous condition or human use.
Again, knowing this simple knowledge shows how much you love your fur coated buddy.