How to Clean Dog Eye Discharge Using Home Remedies

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Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth

  • Artificial Tears


Take your dog to a veterinarian immediately if the conjunctivitis is accompanied by symptoms such as weakness, listlessness or loss of appetite. She should also see a veterinarian if the discharge from her eye is thick, bloody or appears to be related to an infection. If the eye seems to be painful or if she is keeping her eyes shut, she should also be taken to a veterinarian.


If you have reason to believe your dog’s conjunctivitis is the result of allergies, you can give your dog Diphenhydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl. Ensure you buy a product with Diphenhydramine as its only active ingredient. Other ingredients added to sinus/allergy medicines may be toxic to dogs. The general recommended dosage for dogs is 1mg per pound of body weight twice per day.

You may need to trim the hair along the dog’s eyes. Use blunt-nosed scissors to do this. Especially in dogs with longer hair, hair may scrape the eye, which can lead to bacteria getting into the eye and causing infection.

If your dog has discharge coming from his eyes, he likely has some type of conjunctivitis. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes in the eye and can have many different causes. Allergies are a common cause of conjunctivitis in dogs.It is safe to attempt treatment at home; however, if the condition worsens or doesn't respond to home care within a couple days, you should take your dog to a veterinarian.


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Step 1

Using a wet, soft, warm washcloth, wipe the discharge from your dog's eye three to four times a day.


Step 2

Apply artificial tears to your dog's eyes six to eight times a day.


Step 3

Apply a warm damp compress made from a washcloth to your dog's eye – one eye at a time – for five minutes a couple times every day.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.