Why Your Dog Has So Many Eye Boogers

Dog Eyes

Are you having to clean your dog’s eyes often because he is developing a lot of eye boogers? Here are the most common reasons for dogs that have a lot of eye boogers and ways to resolve them.

There’s a Lot of Dust in the House

Dogs will develop booger and crust around the eyes if there’s a lot of dust inside the house. If you haven’t been cleaning the house on a regular basis then this is probably a sign to get the vacuum cleaner out and start clearing out all the debris and dirt that has accumulated on the floor. This is especially important for dogs that have an allergic reaction to the dust. In some cases, a HEPA air purifier might be necessary to get rid of airborne dust.

Your Dog has Conjunctivitis

The development of eye boogers could also be a result of an infection like conjunctivitis. Dogs that have this condition will be affected by an inflammation of the outer layer of the eye and inner layer of the eyelid. The inflammation will be accompanied by the development of yellow or green-like discharge around the dog’s eyes. The discharge can dry up overnight and turn into the eye boogers you have been noticing recently.

Your Dog Has an Eye Injury

The eye boogers could also be a result of an eye injury. An accident may have led to your dog’s eyes getting scratched. There could be foreign bodies (e.g. dirt and debris) that are lodged in the dog’s eyes and causing more eye discharge. It’s important to take your dog to the vet if you suspect an eye injury. Other symptoms to look out for include bloodshot eyes and excessive tearing, blinking, and pawing around the dog’s face.

Dog Breeds Prone to Having More Eye Discharge

Some dog breeds are more prone to developing eye boogers because of their face shape. This typically applies to Short-faced and brachycephalic breeds such as Bulldogs, pugs, and Shih Tzus. It’s important to pay even more attention and care to the eyes if you own such breeds. You don’t want the eye discharge to build up over time and result in an infection due to bacterial overgrowth.

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