Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cat
by Pet Qwerks Toys on March 21, 2019
Many pet owners show concern over the fact that their pet’s eyes discharge a white liquid called mucus. This happens quite often and mostly is harmless as it doesn’t need a proper medical treatment. Mostly it is due to clogged tear duct or discharge of eye crust. It is recommended to not worry a lot over it but rather wipe it off with a moist cloth and apply Visine eye drops, to prevent any infection. This mild treatment applies if the discharge is clear and teary. Light eye colored pets develop dark staining under their eyes. This can be treated with antibiotics to reduce the staining. Sometimes blowing wind in your pets’ eyes can also help as it will get rid of any accumulation of dust in the eye. Another cause can also be the presence of a foreign particle in their eyes which is causing it to be teary, so try rinsing the eye.
However, if the discharge in your pets’ eyes is thick with a bad odor along especially if it is yellow or green then it is something to worry about as it may indicate Conjunctivitis. To treat this, you can use antibiotics or saline wash. Many cats and dogs have the condition called the ‘dry eye’ where they fail to produce enough tear that leads to insufficient eye cleansing tears and thus cause discharge of sticky thick mucus this can be treated by using fake tears for a week. If the condition doesn’t improve surgery can be done to fix the problem once and for all. The buildup of mucus on the eye can be caused by glaucoma which is basically bulging in the eye. It makes the eyes appear cloudy. This situation arises when there is an imbalance in the pressure of the eye. The pressure on the eye can be reduced by using medications but to cut down on the pain effective immediately it is advised to do a surgery. The owner should make use of lubricants prescribed by their vet. Red eyes along with mucus discharge can be an indication to an infection or an eye ulcer.
Make sure to use the proper medications, cheap and low-cost eye drops can cause severe complications. Your pet can also catch a virus and it is advised to go to the vet for a proper examination, where the lead problem can be diagnosed and proper medications can be provided. Make sure not to leave it untreated as that can cause blindness or loss of an eye. To prevent yourself and your family from getting the eye infection in case it’s contagious, make sure to wear googles around your pet and take them to treatment as soon as possible. You can also get glasses for your pet, a size which fits their head. Make sure you do not let any accumulation of mucus take place around the eye by cleaning it on regular basis.