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Publish Date: January 31, 2022; Publish By: ESA Letter California Staff
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It is widely held that the eye can reveal a great deal about a person’s health. Your puppy’s eye, like yours, can clearly show its health. A change in the coating of their eyes, or any pigmentation, can indicate a deficiency in their body. In the worst-case scenario, these could be the first signs of a serious disease.

However, in the case of dog styes, that is not much; they are not that serious, but they can damage your furry friend’s eyes if not treated promptly.


“Do dogs get styes?” Let’s find out.

Can dogs get styes?

Yes, dogs can get styes. Dog eyelid stye can affect your canine companion in the same way that it can affect humans.
But, “What is a stye?”

Dog eye stye is a painful condition that occurs in or around the eyes of dogs. Some call this a hordeolum or dog eyelid cyst. The most common cause of this condition is an infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. This infection produces pus, resulting in a swollen eyelid in the dog.

Chalazion vs. Stye:

Internal Lump is sometimes misdiagnosed as a dog stye eye, but it is actually a dog chalazion. It is caused by an infection of the meibomian gland in the central part of the eyelid.

How can I tell if my dog has a stye?

Look for the following symptoms to see if your dog has dog eye stye:

1. Swollen eye in a dog
2. Inflammation on the inside or outside of the eyelid.
3. Puppies’ eyes are bright red.
4. An abscess ruptured with fluid discharge, i.e., pus
5. Your dog is constantly rubbing their eyes.

Other eye infections, as well as dog chalazion, exhibit similar symptoms. As a result, it’s difficult for the average person to tell them apart. As a result, your dog vet will be able to tell you more accurately what is wrong with your dog’s eyes.

Stye home remedies

You can easily treat your dog’s eye stye at home if you take a few precautions such as wearing gloves and maintaining proper hygiene.

Use the following home remedies to help your furry friend feel better:

 1. Eye Washing: The most basic but most effective method of treating dog stye eyes is eye washing. Eye washing can also help with eye swelling caused by dirt accumulation, oil in the eyelids, or puffiness caused by the meibomian gland.
To clean dirt and bacteria from dogs’ eyes, use clean water and a soft washcloth. Extra care should be taken to clean the eyelids and the area around the eyes.

2. Stye warm compress: The following method is stye warm compression. Clean and sterile, just like cleaning, but a warm cloth is required to carry compression. The primary goal of compression is to open the pores and allow the glands to drain. After compressing the eye, wash it as well.

3. Tea Bags: Used tea bags can be used for compression in the same way that warm compresses are. Check that the tea bags are clean and only slightly warm. You can select any tea bag, including rose tea, herbal tea, or chamomile tea. Try to use only one tea bag for at least 15 minutes. You can also dip a cotton swab in the tea and apply it to a dog eyelid cyst.

4. Warm rice: In addition to tea bags and a warm cloth, you can use rice. Microwave the rice for a few minutes before wrapping it in a soft, clean cotton cloth. Before using it for heat compression, tie a tight knot.

Home-remedy instructions:
1. Hands should be washed before and after treating a dog’s eye stye.
2. Before and after treating a dog’s eye stye, wash your hands.
3. Always use a clean, disinfected cloth.
4. Repeat the cleaning and compression process at least twice a day.
If your dog refuses to cooperate during treatment and suffers from increased pain, discontinue the home remedy. In that case, it is best to see a veterinarian.

Why are my dog’s eyes red?

The majority of the dog’s parents complain that “my dog’s eye is red.” As a result, there is no single medical condition that can cause red-eye. However, one or more of the following conditions can cause dog red eyes:

  • 1. Allergy
  • 2. Stye \sConjunctivitis
  • 3. Corneal ulcers
  • 4. Glaucoma
  • 5. Eye injury
  • 6. Continuous rubbing

Aside from that, chronic medical conditions such as diabetes may be the cause of your dog’s red eyes. It’s best to consult with your dog’s veterinarian for more information.


It is a well-known saying that prevention is preferable to cure. So, to avoid getting dog stye in the first place, use the following tips:

  • 1. While bathing your dog, make sure to thoroughly clean their face.
  • 2. On windy days, as well as while driving, close your house windows.
  • 3. Cover your puppy’s eyes with protective dog glasses.
  • 4. By training or simply distracting them, you can prevent them from rubbing their eyes.
  • 5. When you’re out with your puppy, use clean cotton wipes to clean your puppy’s eyes every now and then.
  • 6. Trim their hairs around the healed area of their eyes to prevent further infection.
  • 7. If your dog continues to rub his or her eyes, consider using a cone for a few days.


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