Is it ok to use human eye drops on my dog, white mucousy discharge, no smell, no swelling, no redness?

Asked by Member 994267 on Jun 26th 2010 in Allergies
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

I wouldn't recommend it. If it's out of the ordinary, I'd take him to the vet. Eye problems are serious business.
That said, my dogs get that sort of discharge and always have. Not quite as much as they used to.

Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 6/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Hurricane Jack

It IS ok to use SOME human eye drops on your dogs. BUT I would not do so without first talking to your vet. You never know why your dogs eye is like that and using eye drops may not help.

Hurricane Jack answered on 6/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Many dogs will have a discharge coming from their eyes, it is usually allergies. Hector's use to literally drip from his eyes. We quit smoking and it miraculously stopped. So smoke and other household irritants can cause a dog to have discharge. Kind of like we do. The best way to treat this, is to wash your dogs eyes with a super gentle cool rag, being very careful not to touch your dogs eyeball as even the softest fabric is harsh on eyes. You will have to repeat it several times throughout the day. Just keep the cloth you are using close by, put some cool water on it and dab out the gook. Most dogs like this and will be still to allow you to do it. Eye drops is another thing though. Not many will easily allow you to drop something in their eyes. The cool water cloth works just as well.

If you suspect there is more going on than just some irritants, then your vet can give you an antibiotic or even an eyewash.

Good luck

Hector answered on 6/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


You can give Visine for red, irritated eyes. The white mucousy discharge suggests an infection. It should see a vet, maybe even the emergency vet tonight. Certainly if it continues to Monday.

Aster answered on 6/26/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Nope, not safe.

Dog eyes and human eyes are different. A simple saline wash might be ok, but if the dog has any kind of injury to the eye (which cannot be seen with the naked eye and needs a vet's diagnosis) even that can cause swelling or enough irritation to blind a dog in certain circumstances.

So, no. Don't use over the counter human drops. Go to the vet and have them check out the eyes for any kind of scratches or injuries and infection and get the proper drops that are needed for his particular condition.

Good luck!

Jack answered on 6/27/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer