Bloodshot or Red Eyes in Dogs

Dogs’ eyes can often be exposed to more elements and illness than people. As a pet owner, you’ll want to keep an eye on your dog’s eyes. If they appear red or bloodshot, it can be a sign of many different eye problems, ranging in severity from mild allergies to something as serious as glaucoma, which can cause blindness. If you notice red or bloodshot eyes in your pet you should take him into see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

 

Causes of Bloodshot Eyes in Dogs

Some of the potential causes for red or bloodshot eyes include:

  • Allergies
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS) or dry eye syndrome
  • Trauma or an eye injury
  • Corneal ulcers
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • An underlying medical issue

Diagnosing Eye Conditions in Dogs

A veterinarian will often need to run several tests to determine what’s giving your dog bloodshot eyes. These tests can include:

  • Complete ophthalmologic exam: During this test, your veterinarian will look at all the structures of your pet’s eye.
  • Schirmer tear test: This exam will test the production of tears.
  • Tonometry: During this test, your vet will check the internal pressure of your pet’s eye.
  • Fluorescein stain test: This test allows your veterinarian to look for scratches and injury to the cornea.
  • Blood tests: Your vet could run blood screening to find underlying medical issues that may result in bloodshot eyes.

Treating Dogs with Bloodshot Eyes

Your veterinarian will choose treatment for your dog’s eye redness based on the underlying cause. Some treatments will include a topical medication that goes into your pet’s eye, and in some cases, your veterinarian may also prescribe injections or an oral medication.

Learn More

If your dog is suffering from bloodshot eyes, contact your Local Banfield Pet Hospital to speak with our pet health experts.

You may also want to consider discussing the Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan with your vet. Each plan is build around your specific pet and his or her needs. Each plan comes with early screening for serious illnesses and unlimited office visits.

You can also learn more about your pet’s health in the Preventive Care section of Banfield.com.