My dog has a pink inflamed mucus filled eye that she is having trouble opening. Do you know what could be causing this?

When a dog is having trouble opening their eye (blepharospasm) they are really sore.

Some of the underlying causes of a pink, sore eye might be:

  • Infectious conjunctivitis (bacterial or viral)
  • Dry eye – due to a lack of tear production
  • Corneal ulceration
  • Foreign body in the eye such as a grass seed
  • An actual problem within the eye -uveitis, glaucoma, problem with the lens and more.

Given she sounds so uncomfortable and is unwilling to open her eye, I would advise you get it checked out but your local bricks and mortar vet ASAP today.

In the interim you can gently bathe the eye with saline (you can buy this or make this with 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in 1 cup of boiling water, then COOLED before use).

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Dr Claire