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White eye discharge in dogs

Updated November 21, 2016

When your dog's eyes produce discharge, it can be irritating for them. However, if the discharge is white or milky, the condition is very likely treatable under the care of a veterinarian.

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White discharge from your dog's eyes may be the result of dry eyes, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the eyelid or cornea, glaucoma, abnormalities in the eye or lens problems.


Your vet will perform an eye examination on your dog. Tests may include the Schirmer tear test, blood count, X-rays and examination of the discharge from the eye.


Treatment depends on the cause of the discharge, but most likely includes the administration of prescription eye drops to clear your dog's eye problem. Eye cleansing with a special solution is also a treatment option.

Home Care

Thoroughly follow your vet's instructions for care. Keep your dog from rubbing and further irritating his eyes. Also, keep eyes clean by gently wiping with a warm, wet cloth.


Alert your veterinarian immediately if your dog's condition changes or gets worse. Eye conditions, when left untreated, can lead to serious eye and vision damage.

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