Is it contagious? Non-infectious conjunctivitis in dogs is not contagious. However, if a case of canine pink eye is caused by a rare bacterial infection or virus, the ASPCA warns that the condition can be passed from your dog to other dogs.
Fortunately, people are extremely unlikely to get conjunctivitis from their dogs. Conjunctivitis caused by allergens and irritants is often not contagious and your dog will not pass it on to you or other dogs/pets it comes into contact with.
This condition in dogs can be caused by a number of problems including: allergies, foreign object irritation, viral infections, tumors in the eye area, breed specific conditions such as nodular episcleritis in collies, tear film deficiency, eye abnormalities, blocked tear ducts, parasitic infections , …
The duration of clinical signs depends on the underlying cause. With appropriate treatment, bacterial conjunctivitis usually heals completely within 5 to 7 days. It can take up to 3 to 4 weeks for viral conjunctivitis to clear up completely.
If your dog’s conjunctivitis is viral or bacterial, it should be considered contagious and he should be kept away from other dogs until it clears. Most cases of conjunctivitis are treated with drops or ointments applied directly to the eyes.
Can dogs give humans pink eyes? In rare cases, a dog can cause conjunctivitis in humans. Likewise, if you suffer from conjunctivitis, there is a chance that you could pass the infection on to your beloved friend.
Saline eye drops can be used to safely flush irritants out of a dog’s eye. These drops don’t hurt and can temporarily relieve your dog’s sore eye. Saline eye drops can be purchased from a pharmacy, online or at a pet store and gently sprayed directly into your dog’s eye.
Flush your dog’s eye and eye area with a simple saline solution, which you can purchase from a veterinarian or pharmacy, or made up with a teaspoon of salt water in a cup of warm water. Gently place the solution in the corner of your dog’s eye, dip a cotton ball in the solution and wipe away the discharge around the eye.
The most common clinical signs of conjunctivitis are discharge from the eyes (cloudy, yellow, or greenish), squinting or excessive blinking, and redness or swelling around the eyes. Conjunctivitis often affects both eyes, but under certain conditions only one eye can be affected.