What causes dog eye boogers?

Tears are essential for maintaining healthy eyes. They provide oxygen, nourishment, and hydration to the eye’s outer layers and remove any debris. The tear glands produce tears in the normal eye. They wash over the eye to cleanse and hydrate it and then drain through the tear duct’s at the inner corner. Black boogers is one of the dog eye boogers you need to take care of.

Sometimes, there will be debris in the corner of an eye. This is commonly known as eye gunk, eye goop, boogers, or even crusts. A small number of brown crusts can be expected and is usually visible in the morning when a dog wakes. The eye crust should stay the same every day. Your dog should have the same amount each day. Their eyes should be open, clear, and free from discharge throughout the day. Call your veterinarian if your dog has a sudden change in its eye discharge, swollen eyes, or squinting.



What does the eye discharge color mean?

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Clear, watery or swollen eye discharge.

This could be caused by allergies, environmental irritants like pollen or dust, blunt trauma to the eyes or wounds on its surface. Watery eyes can also be caused by anatomical abnormalities such as bulging eyes in smaller brycephalic breeds such as pugs or Pekingese.

These stains can be seen in dogs with chronic tearing. They are usually caused by a blockage of the tear duct or the structure of their eyes. Porphyrin is a compound in tears that causes red/browning when exposed to oxygen.


White discharge from the eye

Allergies, irritants, or anatomical anomalies could also cause this. Dry eye and conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye tissues) can also cause white eye discharge. KCS can cause a dog’s eye to stop producing normal tears. This causes the white ocular discharge. Your vet can make recommendations if you notice white discharge or if the discharge sticks to the surface of your dog’s eyes.


Yellow or green eye booger

A bacterial infection usually causes this. Infections, corneal ulcers, and infected KCS can cause colored discharge. These conditions are treatable with antibiotics.



Why Does My dog have Black Boogers?

The black boogers you may see coming from your dog’s nose are likely caused by snuffles or canine distemper. Snuffles is an infection caused by the bacteria known as Pasteurella multocida. This bacteria can cause a thick discharge from the nose and eyes that may be yellow, green, or black in color. Canine distemper is an extremely contagious virus that affects multiple systems in a dog’s body – including the respiratory system. It can cause nasal discharge, which often appears to be dark and tarry in consistency. Depending on the severity of your pup’s infection, you may need to take them to the vet for antibiotics or other treatments.

It is also possible that there are environmental factors at play such as allergens or dirt particles irritating your pup’s nose. If this is the case, then making sure that your pup is in a clean and allergen-free environment can help to reduce the number of black eye boogers that you see. Additionally, regular brushing and grooming of your pup’s fur and skin can help to keep their coat free from dirt, dust, and other contaminants that may be irritating.

Ultimately, it is always important to consult your vet if you are concerned about your pup’s health. Your veterinarian will be able to properly diagnose any underlying issues that may be causing your dog’s black eye boogers and suggest appropriate treatments accordingly.



What is abnormal eye discharge, and when should I be concerned?

What was the last time your eye’s lubrication was consistent? You can probably recall the last time your eyes were too dry, wet, or gunky. You were likely blinking, squinting, or touching the skin, and showing signs of irritation or infection.

These symptoms are also applicable to your dog. Eye discharge is normal unless it causes discomfort, changes in color, or consistency that lasts several hours.

Keep an eye out for signs that your dog may have eye problem’s to ensure good vision and high quality of life.

  • Eyes excessively watery
  • Dry eye is a sign of excessive dryness
  • A noticeable increase in eye discharge
  • Color or consistency of eye discharge
  • Rubbing the eyes or pawing at them
  • Excessive blinking
  • Eyes that are bloody or too red
  • Visible foreign object in the eye



How to Prevent and Cleanse Crusty Eyes

Here are some tips to help clean dog eye boogers. You will need cotton balls, squares or rounds, and saline. Contact lens saline solution, or an over-the-counter cleanser, are good options. To soften the crusts, first moisten the cotton balls with saline. Next, hold the cotton ball on the dog’s eyes for a while. The cotton ball can be used to remove the crusts once they are softened gently. You may have to do this multiple times if your dog has a gunk glued eye. If so, use a warm, damp washcloth to remove the crusts. You can distract your dog by using peanut butter or spray cheese to cover their eyes.

It would be best if you immediately addressed any eye problem’s in your dog. If you are unsure of the cause or how to fix it, you can ask your vet for help. Although most causes of dog eye discharge are not serious, they can lead to blindness. If your small dog has chronic red-brown eye staining, several products and cleaning wipes can help.


I’m a long-time animal lover and owner of two dogs and three cats. I grew up on a farm where we had all sorts of animals, from cows and horses to pigs and chickens. My love for animals led me to pursue a career in writing about them. I have been a pet care writer for over 5 years and have extensive knowledge of animal care, health, and behavior.

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