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Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 13:28
by hollyminidoodle
Our dog walker has suggested that Holly might have an eye infection, however she's always getting sleep in her eyes after sleeping - question is, how do I know if it's an infection that needs to be treated by the vet or just sleep in her eyes that we can brush/cotton wool pad off ourselves? It tends to look just like humans sleep in her eyes, it's sort of crusty and on the edges of her eyes in her hair- it just wipes off usually.

Any ideas or should I just take her to the vet?

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 13:42
by elainendexter
Sounds like a bit of conjuctivites ,my dog had it when he was young but ,he wouldnt let me put drops in of vet ,he stil gets a bit of yulk in the corner of eye but not crusty ,its when the groomers cut the fur from eyes .I bath with boiled water or put a cold tea bag on eyes ,so you could try that first ,but if doesnt clear i would get some ontment from vets.

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 13:56
by Bid
It depends on the colour of the gunk - have a look at this .....http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/dog-discharge-from-eye

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 14:06
by Maggie111
Some dogs get mucky eyes and some don't. Barney has a little bit of crust in his eyes some days. My friend's cavachon has sleep in her eyes and it seems a little wetter, but I think her Mummy doesn't clean it out often. My Dad has 2 labs and one of them gets more sleep than the other.

Is the "sleep" yellow or green, does the eye look sore or inflamed. Does she rub her eyes? Is it better or worse on some days?

We haven't needed to but there are some great eye products. We used Optrex (for humans) on a piece of cotton wool for the cat's eyes, and we've now got some pet sensitive stuff for him which he prefers.

You shouldn't wipe a pet's eyes with your fingers as you could poke some germs in there, but for Barney we do use our fingers to "pinch off" his sleep :)

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 18:42
by Sarah Bevan
When Jessie had conjunctivitis her gunk was green and her eyeballs were a bit pink, also her eyes lashes stuck together if I didn't clean them.

This is opposed to the dry sleepy dust she sometimes gets which I pick off dry.

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 18:49
by ArchieBoy
Archie has "sleepy" eyes every morning. It's a browny/grey coloured gunk and is just the normal sleepy gunk :oops: if you know what I mean.

I agree with the other comments though and if it is more of a green/yellow discharge and the eye is pink, I would pop along to the vet for peace of mind.

Archie lets us clean his eyes every morning now. I say to him "let me see, let me clean your eyes" and he sits very still and usually :? lets me gently wipe his eyes :D

Kirsty and Archie

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Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 17 Jul 2012, 21:46
by baskerville1967
Teddy regularly has gunky eyes but its always brownish and her eyes are clear and white. I wouldn't worry unless it was green/yellow or she was showing discomfort/irritation in some way.

Re: Sleep in eyes vs eye infection?

Posted: 18 Jul 2012, 12:45
by DevonDoodleDog
Rhu always has sleepy gunk in her eyes in the morning. The vet said its a 'poodle' thing, and not to be concerned... she doesnt get any during the day at all, and it doesnt seem to irratate her in the slightest.