Have you noticed your dog scratching his eye or bumping into things? Have you ever tried to know if that thing under your dog’s eyes is tear stains, an eye infection, or an injury? Is it normal or do you need to visit the vet? Let’s find out more about dog eye care. How do you spot if your dog has an eye problem & needs care?In order to know if your dog’s eyes are fine, you should look for these signs :Changes in the eye ( eyelids, pupils or eye color ). If they look the same then there is no need to worry.Your dog’s eyes should be bright with no crusting/haziness formed. In case you notice any redness, visible haziness or swelling, immediately consult a vet.A grey eye discharge is usually normal, but a yellow or green one is not.If your dog shows signs of discomfort or irritation, consult a vet.Excessively dry or watery eyes are not normal.Increase in redness of eye colour (bloodshot eyes).Excessive blinking is not normal. Common causes of eye discharge in dogsIf your dog is exhibiting signs of discomfort, it can be due to several causes, some of them are mentioned :Allergy — Just like humans, dogs can also be allergic to certain things and it may either result in an itch in the eyes or eye discharge.Conjunctivitis — It is an inflammation of the tissues that are surrounding the eyes. Inflammation may be caused due to virus, bacteria or allergies. The most common symptoms are redness of the eyes, eye pain and squinting.Excessive watery eyes — It is caused due to foreign bodies, inflammation, allergies, corneal ulcers, tumours etc.Dry eyes — Sticky eye discharge points to a dry eye. It is a condition in which there is a failure to produce an adequate amount of tears. The symptoms include mucus and inflammation, an injury near a tear-producing gland in the head.Glaucoma — It is caused by excessive pressure in the eye. This can be spotted in a few ways including bulging, cloudy/hazy and sometimes tearing eyes. How to clean dog eye boogers? Often because of dust or fur getting into the eye of your dogs causes eye discharge.This watery discharge is a sign of a foreign body like an eyelash or dust whereas a pus-like eye discharge indicates a serious infection.The watery discharge or tears drain at the corner of the eye resulting in stains or eye boogers.You can wipe them with a clean tissue or a cotton ball.In case it has hardened and formed a crust, wash it with a cotton ball first to soften and then remove the remaining build-up.Also, using a veterinary eye cleaning product to combat dog eye discharge would be a useful option — just make sure it is alcohol free.Always remember not to use your eye drops for dogs as it will worsen their condition.You may get dog sunglasses as it would protect their eyes from foreign bodies. This will help in curing their infection quickly.If your dog is experiencing any of the above-mentioned problems, without any delay visit your vet for a professional opinion on dog eye care.