Why is my dog’s eye and red and bulging? A Comprehensive Guide

5. Diseases of the eyelid, eyelashes or glands of the eye such as a condition called ‘cherry eye’ where the dog’s third eyelid protrudes out!

Conjunctivitis is the broad medical term for inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin membrane which covers the eyeballs and lines the eyelids. The conjunctiva is very important for lubricating and protecting your pet’s eyes and when inflamed, can be very irritating to your dog’s eyes.

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Diagnosis Here at MyVet, all pets will have a thorough examination of your pet’s overall health followed by a focused eye exam. This may involve using special tools which help us examine inside the eye and/or special stains to determine if there has been damage to the surface of the eye.

Figure 1 & 2 Source: https://www.cliniciansbrief.com/article/conjunctivitis-dogs

What is the cost of treating blepharitis in dogs?

The cost depends on the diagnostic tests conducted as well as the particular course of treatment; the initial exam and any follow-up visits will also contribute to the overall cost. At-home remedies are much less expensive than prescribed medication, while the cost of surgery is much higher. However, as mentioned above, always check with your veterinarian before trying any at-home remedies or OTC medications.

Symptoms of Red Eye in Dogs

In addition to redness of the eye, signs that may also be noted include:

  • Pawing at or rubbing eye on floor
  • Squinting in light
  • Keeping eye closed
  • Cloudy cornea (surface of the eye)
  • Watery tearing eyes
  • Red mass appearing from under the eyelid
  • Red spot on the white of the eye
  • Swelling or puffiness of the eyelids
  • White or green discharge from inner corner of the eye
  • If any of these signs are occurring, having your dog seen right away is important, as some of these can be an emergency.

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