Eye boogers are sometimes normal for dogs but they usually point to more serious conditions causing irritation of the eyes.
It is very important that you make the distinction between the two possibilities as some of the serious conditions may require prompt intervention by a vet. To help you out, here are some of the most common normal and abnormal causes of eye boogers on dogs.
Normal Eye Discharge
The boogers could be as a result of crusts from normal eye discharge. You will notice this on your dog after a long nap or overnight sleeping. The crusts range in color from whitish to brown depending on how long they are left on the dog’s face.
With normal discharge, you won’t find other symptoms of eye disease on your dog like redness, discharge, and signs of vision problems.
Conjunctivitis is a condition where the conjunctiva which covers the dog’s eye gets irritated and inflamed. It is commonly caused by environmental irritants like dust or smoke. It could also be a manifestation of allergies to things like pollen.
The boogers in this case follow symptoms like redness of the dog’s eyes, itchiness, and excessive tearing.
Eye Ulcers And Infections
Your dog’s eye could be having a lot of boogers due to simple infections or more serious ones involving ulceration of the dog’s eye. With infections and ulcers, the boogers may form when discharge, like pus, dries up.
Here, the boogers are present throughout the day and not just when the dog sleeps. However, they are significantly more after the dog sleeps as the discharge gets to accumulate.