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
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
- 03 of 09
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 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.
- 05 of 09
- 06 of 09
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
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
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.
- 09 of 09
While we endeavor to take the best care of our pets, sometimes it is confusing to know if they are sick or not.