Dog Eye Diseases

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Learn about common eye diseases of dogs, including Cherry Eye, Eyelash Problems, Entropion, Ectropion, Conjunctivitis, and more. If your dog is pawing at, rubbing or shows signs of pain or irritation around the eyes, seek veterinary help as soon as possible, as eye conditions can worsen quickly.

  • 01 of 09


    Miniature Dachshund with Eyes Closed

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    Blepharospasm is not a disease in and of itself; it is a clinical sign that something is wrong with the eye or eyelid in most cases.

  • 02 of 09

    Cherry Eye: Prolapse of the Third Eyelid

    Prolapsed gland of the third eyelid (cherry eye) in a dog.

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    You'll notice a "cherry red" lump in the inside corner of your dog's eye(s).

    Learn more about this condition, what treatment options are available.

  • 03 of 09

    Conjunctivitis: Signs and Potential Causes

    Dog with cunjunctivitis

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    Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the membrane that lines the eyelids and the whites of the eyes.

    Conjunctivitis is commonly called pinkeye.

  • 04 of 09

    Ectropion: Outward Eyelid Problem

    Lower lid ectropion in a four year old cocker spaniel

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    Ectropion is an outward rolling or sagging of the eyelid.

    It can be seen in any breed, but some breeds are predisposed including Basset Hounds, Bloodhounds, Bull Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, and several breeds of Spaniels, among others.

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  • 05 of 09

    Entropion: Inward Eyelid Problem

    A dog with entropion of the lower eyelid. Scarring of the cornea has occurred in this case.
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    Entropion describes a condition where the eyelid "rolls in" on itself. It can affect one or both eyes, and the lower and/or upper eyelids. This condition is the opposite of ectropion, where the lids sag and roll outward.

  • 06 of 09

    Senior Dogs: What To Expect As Your Dog Gets Older

    A senior dog

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    Being aware of the normal aging changes for your senior pet will help you identify when there is a medical problem that should be addressed.

  • 07 of 09

    Stinky Eyes: What Causes A Bad Odor Around Eyes?

    Close up of a Shih Tzu puppy's face
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    Dogs that have excessive tearing (called epiphora) and drainage around the eyes may have a foul odor from the discharge as it collects and causes inflammation and even infection on the hair and skin.

    This is a common problem and one that needs daily attention to help keep odors and skin inflammation under control.

  • 08 of 09

    What to Do If Your Pet Is Sprayed In the Eyes With Skunk Spray

    Striped Skunk, Mephitis mephitis, in defensive posture trying to spray dog
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    When sprayed by a skunk, the normal reaction is to blink and close the eyes immediately, but things happen fast. If you notice your dog rubbing their eyes, blinking fast (blepharospasm), or experiencing redness or tearing, your dog may have gotten some spray in the eyes.

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  • 09 of 09

    Medical Conditions That Can't Wait

    Dogs in veterinary waiting room (illustration)
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    While we endeavor to take the best care of our pets, sometimes it is confusing to know if they are sick or not.

If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet.
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