Features March 2012 Issue

Causes of Canine Conjunctivitis and Treatment Options

This dog was surrendered to a shelter with a myriad of problems related to neglect, malnutrition, severe flea allergy (he was loaded with fleas), and perhaps other allergies, too. He had severe conjuntivitis in both eyes.

Causes of Canine Conjunctivitis and Treatment Options

Conjunctivitis affects many dogs – and it has many causes.

Something is wrong with your dog’s eye. It’s bright red or oozing pus or itching like crazy. Could it be pink eye? This common childhood condition, also known as red eye or conjunctivitis, affects people, cats, and our canine companions. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the tissue covering the eye and inner surface of the eyelid. If caused by bacteria or viruses, it can be infectious. Noninfectious conjunctivitis can be caused by allergic reactions, irritants, or trauma injuries.

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