How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Deb Your Own Question
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 10864
Experience:  I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. Deb is online now

eyes watering

This answer was rated:

eyes watering

Hello Meg, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern for Archie but I have a few additional questions to ask about him first if you don't mind:

1. How long has this problem been going on?
2. What breed is he?
3. Any color to the discharge such as yellow or green?
4. He is squinting or keeping his eyes closed?
5. Does he rub at his eyes?


There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


1. for about 2wks

2. Cocker Spaniel

3. left eye green

Thanks so much for the answers to my questions.

As I'm sure you know, this breed is prone to watery eyes but the discharge is usually clear. The fact that he's not rubbing the eye or squinting is good since we can pretty much rule out injury or trauma to the cornea.
So, it sounds as if Archie may have a low grade conjunctivitis or eye infection since only one eye is affected and the discharge is green.

As to the underlying cause of this condition, it's often difficult to determine: he could be suffering from allergies or he could have irritated his eye in some way. In most cases, we don't ever know why the condition developed.

Over the counter treatment options are going to be somewhat limited unless you have access to human opthalmic drugs. Eye medications (at least here in the States) are prescription only.
But you can gently rinse or flush out the eye with saline solution which may help to soothe it. (avoid contact lens solution, though).
A warm washcloth placed on the eye twice a day may also be useful.

In many cases, resolution of this problem won't be seen until antibacterial eye medications are started (especially since it's been present for two weeks already) but the suggestions above may be useful.

I hope this helps although I regret that I can't provide a more effective over the counter solution for you. Deb

Dr. Deb and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Thanks for the rating; it's greatly appreciated.
And, best of luck with Archie. Regards, Deb

Kindly ignore the information request.