What Is A Dog Stye? A Quick Guide To Everything You Need To Know

Have you noticed strange growths around your dog’s eye? Has your dog recently been diagnosed with styes? This is a fairly common condition that can happen to any dog. You should treat it immediately but luckily, it is easy to treat at home. Keep reading to learn more about what a dog stye and what you should do about it.


How to Check Your Dog for Styes

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A dog stye is an abscess that appears on or near your dog’s eyelids. They are caused by a bacterial infection in the hair follicle. They aren’t immediately life threatening but they are painful and can cause long term damage if you don’t treat them right away.

The earlier you catch the problem, the easier it is to treat. So go get your furry friend right now and perform a thorough inspection. To do that, you need to wear gloves and gently feel the area around your dog’s eye for any unusual lumps.

Check for the following symptoms:

  • Pimple-like lumps on or near the eyelid.
  • Swelling of the eyelid
  • Tenderness and discomfort when you touch the area
  • Pus oozing out of the lump (if it has burst open)

After checking your dog for these symptoms, you can start taking the necessary steps to treat the stye. Keep reading to learn how.

How to Treat Your Dog for Styes

Treating a dog stye is something that you can do at home using a few different possible remedies. The most common one involves applying a warm compress. This is the method that most vets will usually recommend.

You simply take a clean, warm damp cloth and place it on your dog’s eye above the stye. Hold it there for 15 minutes. When the time is up, remove the cloth. Repeat this two times per day.

If you notice crust around your dog’s eye, use a separate warm, damp cloth to gently wipe this away and clean the area before you apply a compress or any other remedy.

Instead of the warm compress, you can also try some alternative home remedies.
  • Warm, damp tea bag used as a compress. Any tea will work. Chamomile can be especially soothing and healing.
  • Turmeric wash. Combine 2 cups of water with 1 tablespoon of pure turmeric. Boil until liquid is reduced by half. Strain through a cheesecloth. Dip a clean washcloth in and use to wash the eye area.
  • Dog stye medication. In more severe cases, natural remedies may not be enough. Talk to your vet about getting prescription strength medication.

Whatever method you choose, make sure to stick consistently with that one throughout the treatment.

Common Mistakes when Treating a Dog Stye

While it is relatively easy to treat a dog stye, there are a few mistakes you should avoid making during the process. Here are a few tips to make sure you treat your dog safely and effectively:

  • Do not attempt to pierce or drain the stye. This could worsen the infection.
  • Do not forget to wear a pair of clean gloves each time you treat the dog stye.
  • Make sure you clean away any pus or crust that forms in your dog’s eye when the stye begins draining itself. Use a clean cloth or cotton ball each time.
  • Wash your hands after each treatment

These basic sanitary measures are extremely important. If you forget to do them, you risk spreading the infection or cross contaminating. This will prevent the existing stye from healing and could cause new ones to develop.

When to Take Your Dog to the Vet

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While dog stye is a very common condition, there are other diseases and infections that can cause similar symptoms. Some of those conditions are much more serious. So you need to be proactive and take your dog to the vet if you notice other symptoms like:

  • Symptoms do not improve within 2 days
  • Scaly or flaky skin around the eye
  • Bloody discharge from the abscess
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    Excessive scratching of the eye
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    Watery or mucous discharge.
  • Painless but red and swollen eyelid
  • Large lumps around the eye (larger than a pimple)
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    Swollen lymph nodes
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    Hair loss
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    Lesions on the skin

If the stye like symptoms you learned about earlier in this article are associated with any of the symptoms just listed, it could be a sign of more serious conditions including cancer. So it’s important to take your dog to the vet immediately.

A Final Word on Dog Stye

A dog stye is a very common condition that most dog owners are going to experience at some point. When treated properly, you should be able to get rid of it in about two days. So grab your pooch and check him for dog stye right now! And if you have any other questions about this condition, feel free to leave a comment below!



Anna Sakila

Hi, I’m Anna Sakila and I love to give my friend the best of everything. I started this blog so I can also share my experiences with you. Take a tour through my site to see helpful stories and useful information on the best ways to care for your lovely dog.

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