No, dogs do not get pink eye. However, there are other type of ocular infections that can affect dogs. For example, canine distemper is a life-threatening disease that affects the eyes as well as many other parts of the dog’s body. Unfortunately, this highly infectious virus cannot be cured easily except by early diagnosis and proper treatment before symptoms appear. If you think that your dog has any signs or symptoms of canine distemper or if you have lost contact with your vet for some time now (we know how frustrating it can be), please read our article on canine distemper to learn more about the condition and its symptoms. Your dog will thank you later!
How do I know if my dog has pink eye?
It is important to know what type of infection your dog has before you start any treatment because the process and medication will vary depending on the cause. In this case, before thinking your dog has pink eye, it is best that you have a diagnosis from the vet first. Here are some signs that may indicate that your dog has ocular infection:
How can I treat my dogs pink eye at home?
If your dog has pink eye, please do not try to self-diagnose or treat him/her at home because this condition needs the attention of a veterinarian. There are many types of ocular infections that can affect dogs and some medications may be harmful for your pet if you give the wrong treatment. If you believe that your dog has pink eye, take him/her to the veterinarian immediately.
How can I prevent my dog from getting pink eye?
There are many ways on how you can prevent your pet’s pink eye or any ocular infections but you need to consult with your vet first so he/she can recommend what is best for your dog. Some of the methods are:
and proper nutritional value.
Will dog conjunctivitis go away by itself?
In most cases, yes. However, you need to keep your dog inside and rest until he/she is completely healed to avoid the infection from spreading. In some circumstances where the infection has been acquired to a severe degree or if there are other factors that may affect it, then treatment from a veterinarian is need.
How do you cure pink eye in dogs?
Treatment may vary depending on the cause and severity of the pink eye in dogs. However, there are some medications that can help your dog recover from ocular infection such as:
antibiotics, anti-viral medication, or steroidal treatments. If your dog has acquired canine distemper (described above), then good supportive care and treatment of the symptoms will be necessary. Fortunately, early detection and proper treatment can help your dog recover from pink eye or canine distemper.
Do I need to take my dog to the vet for conjunctivitis?
Yes, your dog should see a vet immediately. However, it is best to consult with a professional first before administering any medication or treatment on your pet because there are many types of ocular infections that can affect dogs and the treatment will depend on the cause. Furthermore, some medications may be harmful for your dog if you give it without proper diagnosis.
Can dogs get pink eye from humans?
Yes, dogs can also get ocular infection from people. We have already discussed canine distemper in the article so please take a look at it if you believe that your dog has acquired this type of disease. Additionally, any type of bacteria or virus that causes conjunctivitis in humans can also affect dogs.
Can humans get pink eye from dogs?
Yes, it is possible for humans to contract conjunctivitis from your pet if he/she comes in contact with the bacterium and virus responsible for canine pink eye. Ocular infection can easily be passed from one individual to another so it is important to take extra care when administering treatment to avoid cross infection.
Can dogs spread pink eye to other dogs?
Yes, it is possible for your dog to pass the ocular infection he/she has to other pets or even humans. The best way on how you can protect your pet from contracting canine conjunctivitis is by keeping him/her away from other animals. You can also disinfect his/her living area and any equipment that might have been in contact with the bacterium and virus responsible for canine pink eye.
How long does pink eye in dogs last?
The length of time that your pet needs to recover from ocular infection will depend on several factors such as:
the severity of the condition,
the cause of the ocular infection, and
how soon your dog receives treatment.
However, if early detection and proper treatment is provided then complete healing can take place within 2 weeks or less. If you notice any abnormalities in your dog’s eyes after completing the antibiotic treatment for pink eye, notify your veterinarian immediately. It is possible that your dog might have contracted a secondary infection that needs another type of medication to properly treat the problem.