Questions and answers about dog pink eye

I thought I’d make a page about the most common questions people have about dog pink eye and give the answers to them. So if you had a specific question you should find it here.

Many people are confused about just what dog pink eye is. What causes dog pink eye? Can dogs get pink eye? Is dog pink eye contagious? All these questions and more can be found below.

Here’s a list of common dog pink eye questions:

Question:
Can dogs get pink eye?
Answer:
Yes they can, in fact just about all animals can get pink eye.

Question:
What causes pink eye?
Answer:
Dog pink eye can be caused by many things. Allergies, irritants, eye injuries, objects in the eye, infections and viruses, including colds. Dog pink eye is when the membrane that coats the back of the eyelid and the whites of the eyes gets bruised and aggravated.

That causes the blood vessels in the membrane to swell and break, hence the pink color you see and why it’s called “pink eye”.

Question:
Is dog pink eye and dog conjunctivitis the same?
Answer:
Yes they are the same. Pink eye is the common layman’s term, while conjunctivitis is the technical term for it.

Question:
Is dog pink eye contagious?
Answer:
Sometimes it is, yes. If the pink eye is caused by a cold or virus, or an infection then the dog can transfer that virus to another animal. The eye mucus and liquid that seeps out of the eye can be spread around quite easy.

However if the dog pink eye is a result of allergies, irritants, objects in the eye and so on then no, it will not be contagious. It must be a virus or bacteria to spread and be contagious.

Question:
Can you get pink eye from a dog?
Answer:
Humans can get pink eye from a dog, yes. If the dog has pink eye due to a virus, cold or infection then it can be transferred to a human. However it is not likely or very common.

Question:
Is pink eye more common in some dog breeds?
Answer:
Yes indeed. Some dog breeds with large bulging eyes can get eyelashes and hair in their eyes easy. Other breeds have a problem with ingrown eyelashes that irritate the eyes.

Question:
What are dog pink eye symptoms?
Answer:
There can be many symptoms for pink eye in dogs. Some include a pink color in the whites of the eye, a swelling around the eye, excessive tears and mucus in the eyes.

Others include the dog rubbing their eyes with their paws or against the ground or objects, closed eyes and shaking the head. The most obvious signs are the red or pink color of the eyes and swelling.

Question:
What is the best dog pink eye natural remedies?
Answer:
The best all natural, holistic herbal dog pink eye treatment remedy is Nettle-Eyebright Gold pink eye remedy from Pet Wellbeing. It works great, is very popular and is one of the best all natural pink eye remedies online.

For a more conventional remedy that is a bit harsher on the eyes but recommended try Vetericyn pink eye spray from Healthy Pets.

Question:
How long does dog pink eye last?
Answer:
That depends on what caused it. For a mild case of something in the eye it can clear up in a day. Dog pink eye due to infections or viruses it could take as long as a week or more.

If the pink eye does not clear up after 7 days or it looks worst you should see your Vet. Of course if you see blood or a puncture in the eye you should also see your Vet immediately.


I hope that answers most of your questions about dog pink eye. In most cases it is easy to treat and is common in fact. However if it looks really bad it’s always better to play it safe and see your local Vet.

Having a bottle of dog pink eye treatment on hand is always a good idea. If you treat it at the first signs of trouble you can clear it up fast and prevent it from getting worst. :)