dogpinkeyePink Eye, or conjunctivitis, is one of the most common problems in dogs. Most commonly known as Pink Eye, this infection is not only common but contagious. You can actually get Pink Eye from your dog.  Dogs like to rub their face on you, on your couch, on other dogs, on your cat, in your shoes, on toys, and on pretty much anything that will give them a good rub. If they are rubbing their face on you and they have Pink Eye, you could be susceptible to contracting it yourself.  If untreated your dog could eventually go blind.

Thankfully Pink Eye is easy to treat.

What is Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctive membrane, which is a membrane that covers the back of the eyelids and surface of the eye. It can be caused by

  • Bacterial infection
  • Allergies
  • Viral infections
  • Canine Distemper
  • Cancer
  • Trauma to the eye

Symptoms of Pink Eye

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discharge from the eye (pus)
  • Squinting
  • Spastic blinking


After your vet examines your dog to make sure there is no overarching cause for the conjunctivitis, he will likely prescribe an ointment to put in your dogs eye. Make sure to clean out any gunk and pus that may be present to ensure the medication gets delivered to the eye. You will also want to pull back their eyelid, if possible, to ensure the ointment gets applied to their eye. Your vet will be able to demonstrate how she wants you to apply the ointment.

If you suspect your dog has pink eye, call your vet as soon as you can to make an appointment for an exam.