What to Do If Your Dog’s Eye Is Swollen

If you’ve ever had a swollen eye, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The same goes for your pup. So, it’s important to find out why your dog’s eye is swollen so you can get him the correct treatment and make him more comfortable. Fortunately, most of the time, a puffy peeper is not cause for concern and can be treated at home with rest and over-the-counter medication. However, if the swelling doesn’t go down or gets worse, take your dog to a vet as soon as possible. Until then, here are some potential causes of that puffy eye and how to treat them:

Look for injuries, infections and eye diseases.

If your dog’s eye is swollen, the area should be evaluated to rule out possible injuries and infections. You should also consider whether or not it could be an indication of an underlying health condition such as glaucoma or lens luxation, which can lead to blindness in dogs.

Check for injuries: Look for any obvious signs of trauma around the eye or on the head that might have caused your dog pain and swelling. This could include a puncture wound from a stick or thorn, scratches from another animal’s claws, insect bites or stings, even something as simple as getting his face stuck in a fence or window screen (this happens more often than you’d think!).

If you suspect your dog’s eye is swollen due to a foreign object, such as a toy, small piece of paper or debris flying around the yard, examine the eye carefully. Look for signs of trauma or irritation and make sure there is no broken skin around their eyelids.

If your dog’s eyes are red, swollen and look like they’re in pain, it’s probably a good idea to consult a veterinarian.

Chemical exposure can cause this kind of reaction in dogs. If you know or suspect that your dog has been exposed to something caustic (like powerful bleach), then you should have him checked out by a veterinarian immediately.

Rule out allergies.

If your dog’s eye is swollen, it’s important to rule out allergies. If your dog shows signs of other allergens in addition to the swollen eye, such as a skin rash or ear infection, consider that he may have an allergy.

Eye irritation can be caused by seasonal allergies and food allergies, among others. For instance: Seasonal Allergies: Your dog may have seasonal rhinitis caused by dust mites or pollen; this causes inflammation in the nasal passages and eyes. Food Allergies: Some dogs have food allergies that cause gastrointestinal upset; this can cause itching and redness around their eyes. Airborne Allergies: Many people suffer from airborne allergies like ragweed pollen—and some dogs do too! Flea & Tick Bites/Stings: Fleas & ticks can transmit diseases to pets when they bite them; if you notice small bumps on your pet’s body that aren’t flea bites but are still present after treatment with Frontline Plus Insect Repellent (which kills both fleas & ticks), bring him into the vet immediately because these might be signs of something worse than just an itchy bite!

Is your dog due for annual vaccinations?

A common reason for a dog’s eye to swell is due to a vaccination. If your dog has had a reaction to a vaccination, then it may be recommended that you make an appointment with the vet to discuss this. As part of their annual vaccinations, your dog should receive an injection called an intranasal vaccine.

The intranasal vaccine is given by placing some drops onto the inside of the nose of your pet and then massaging them into its skin using your fingers. This type of injection is often known as ‘the sniff test.’ It’s important that you keep up-to-date with these types of injections if you want to ensure that both you and your pet remain safe from diseases such as distemper, parvovirus and hepatitis virus.

Have you found any lumps or bumps on your dog lately?

If you have noticed a lump on your dog’s body, take him or her to the vet as soon as possible. If the lump is in or near an eye, however, do not touch it. Touching lumps could cause them to become irritated and inflamed. Instead of touching it yourself, call your veterinarian for advice about what to do next. If you do find any lumps or bumps on your dog from now on and are concerned about them, make sure they are checked out by a professional before they cause further damage.


We hope this article has helped you understand why your dog’s eye is swollen. If you’re not sure what’s going on or how to help, don’t hesitate to bring them in for an exam at the first sign of trouble. With our team of experts and state-of-the-art equipment, we can find out why their eyes are swollen and get them back to health in no time!