Cloudy Eyes in Dogs

If your dog’s eyes are looking cloudy, you might be concerned. But don’t worry! Cloudy eyes in dogs don’t necessarily mean the worst. Most of the time, if your pup is eating and drinking normally and acting like themselves, they’ll recover on their own or with a vet’s help. However, it’s still important to see your vet as soon as possible, just to rule out any serious health issues. In this article we’ll cover what can cause cloudy eyes in dogs and how you can treat them at home or with veterinary help.


Cloudy eyes in dogs can be caused by infections, allergies, trauma, cancer and diabetes.

If your dog’s eyes are cloudy or tearing up frequently, it’s important to rule out a serious underlying cause. Depending on the underlying condition that’s causing the cloudiness of your dog’s eyes—whether it be an infection or allergy—you may need to seek veterinary care for treatment options.


In addition to treating your dog’s underlying condition, you can also use eye drops and ointments to help manage the symptoms of the cloudiness. Your veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic if there is any sign of infection in the cornea. An antifungal medication, such as ketoconazole, is also recommended for dogs with thrush because this condition can worsen when it is left untreated. If your dog’s eyes become infected with corneal ulcers or sores as a result of herpesvirus infection (also known as “blue eye”), antiviral medication may be prescribed.

Steroids are often used both topically (in the eyes) and systemically (throughout the body) for dogs diagnosed with glaucoma; these drugs reduce inflammation inside the eye while also reducing pressure on its structures. Antihistamines can be used both topically (in the eyes) and systemically (throughout the body) to treat allergic reactions that lead to inflammation in dogs’ eyes; they do not tackle viruses directly but rather suppress immune responses associated with allergies so that viral infections remain manageable if they occur simultaneously with allergies.-

Antibacterial medications may be useful if there is any sign that your dog has been exposed to bacterial infections such as conjunctivitis or keratitis.-


  • To prevent cloudiness, make sure your dog is vaccinated. Currently, there are only two types of vaccines that can prevent cloudy eyes: a corneal opacity vaccine and an eye surface disease (ESD) vaccination. Both vaccines are given at three-month intervals, but it’s recommended that you wait until your dog is at least six months old to begin giving either type of vaccine.
  • If you plan on bringing your dog outside for frequent walks or playtime with other animals, keep an eye out for signs of infection or injury—cloudy eyes can be a warning sign that something isn’t right in your pet’s eyesight.
  • If you notice any changes in the appearance of your dog’s eyes (such as redness), contact a veterinarian immediately so they can examine the situation further and recommend treatment options if necessary.
  • Keeping nails trimmed will help reduce scratches from branches and bushes during walks outside; however, this won’t prevent all injuries from occurring since dogs sometimes bite through their nails when playing fetch with sticks or other items found along their path while walking outdoors with their owners!


  • A veterinarian will examine your dog’s eyes and the interior of the eyelids, looking for any signs of irritation or infection. He or she will then check the dog’s blood for parasites that may cause cloudiness in the cornea (the clear layer over the iris).
  • Your vet also should do a thorough physical examination to look for other problems such as an enlarged heart, lungs or liver. An ultrasound may be needed if these organs look abnormal on initial examination.
  • Your vet may check urine samples to see if there are any kidney issues causing cloudy eyes in your pet. If there are no underlying diseases present in these other organs, this would indicate that some kind of eye problem is causing the cloudiness instead—and could be treated more easily than a systemic disease like diabetes mellitus or Cushing’s syndrome (both common causes of cloudy eyes).

Cloudy eyes can be a symptom of certain health problems

If you notice your dog has cloudy eyes, it is important to understand the cause of this condition and what it could mean for his long-term health. Your pet may have a condition called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), which causes the tear ducts to be blocked and fluid to build up in the eye. Other possible causes of cloudiness include corneal ulcers and inflammation of the cornea, or conjunctiva; glaucoma; infections like cataracts or herpesvirus; and even cancerous tumors growing on tissues near the eye.

Cloudy eyes can become painful if they’re not treated properly, so a veterinarian should always be consulted if you notice any changes in your dog’s vision. The treatment for KCS includes placing eyedrops into each eye twice daily until it improves, while other conditions will require more intensive care from a specialist


These are just a few of the many potential causes of cloudy eyes in dogs. Some of them can be treated, while others can’t. All of them should be checked out by a veterinarian so that you know what to expect. Your dog may not be able to tell you exactly what’s going on, but if their eyes are cloudy or have any other unusual symptoms, it’s better to air on the side of caution and get professional help sooner rather than later