Caring for Your Dog’s Eyes

Is your canine buddy prone to getting eye boogers or tearstains? Fido’s eyes are crucial to his health and well-being, so it’s important for you to know what is and isn’t normal. Read on as an Arlington Heights, TX vet discusses doggy eye care.

Eye Boogers

Eye boogers are not only unsightly, they can also lead to infections, which can happen when too much bacteria builds up. Fido often gets dust, dirt, and fur in his eyes. Our canine companions don’t have an easy way to clean their own eyes: your pet may rub his face against things, or try to use his paws, but this isn’t very effective, and can even cause injury. Give your pup a hand, and keep his eyes clean. For light buildup, a simple cotton ball may suffice. You can also use sterile eye wipes or doggy eyewash. Ask your vet for more information.

Warning Signs

Check your canine pal’s eyes regularly. You’ll want to look for redness, swelling, or tearing, as well as crusty, and/or discolored discharge. Heavy tearstains can also indicate trouble. Some other things to look for are red or pale eyelid lining, squinting, a visible third eyelid, changes in eye color, and unequal pupil sizes. It isn’t unusual for the eyes of senior dogs to look a bit cloudy: just like people, older dogs sometimes get cataracts. However, opaqueness can be indicative of serious medical problems. If you notice any of these symptoms in your furry friend, call your vet immediately.


If Fido’s gets fur in his eyes, if can cause irritation, and can even scratch his cornea. If your pooch has long hair, you may need to trim the fur around his eyes. Be very careful, and always use scissors with round ends. If your dog gets tearstains, use a tearstain remover weekly to keep that cute furry face clean. Ask your vet for specific advice.


A few simple precautions can prevent many eye injuries. When bathing your pup, take care not to get soap in his eyes. Also, when you’re driving around with Fido, don’t let him stick his head out the window. Your pooch could get dust, pebbles, or even insects in his eyes. This can be very dangerous!

Please contact us, your Arlington Heights, TX animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!