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What is Blood in the Front of the Eye?

If your dog is suffering from blood in the front eye in dogs, it does not always mean he has something serious to his health. Blood in the front eye in dogs can be the result of many different factors. A dog with this condition will have the “whites” of his eyes be dark pink in color or very red in color. Sometimes, blood will actually mix in with the clear fluid on the eye’s surface and can be uncomfortable and painful.

Blood can cover the surface of the eye, which has a very large amount of blood capillaries and pressure. With blood in the front eye in dogs, the pressure can become so great that the blood can fill over the exterior of the outer eye. If this occurs, an immediate veterinarian visit is crucial, as this could be an emergency situation. When taking the dog to the veterinarian, reflect on what he has done that day to cause an irritation in the eye, such as digging in the trash or other possibilities of foreign object penetration. This may not be the case, but it could very well be, and it is imperative to tell the veterinarian of any possible causes at home.

Blood in the front eye in dogs is a noticeable blood-filled eye or eyes that can be caused by several conditions. This condition should be diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible for the best rate of recovery.


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Symptoms of Blood in the Front of the Eye in Dogs

Blood in the front eye in dogs can be very mild to very serious. Depending on the cause of this disorder for your dog, the symptoms will vary. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the eye
  • Pinkish tint to bright redness
  • Itchy eye
  • Watery eye
  • Discharge (fluid) draining from the eye
  • Swelling
  • Lethargy


Blood in the front eye in dogs has several different types. The different conditions are all unique in the way the dog feels when he has it and also are treated differently. Other eye conditions can occur in dogs; however, there are certain ones that are associated with blood in the front of the eye in dogs. Types of this disorder are as follows:

  • Blepharitis
  • “Cherry Eye”
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Foreign body
  • Glaucoma
  • Hyphema

Causes of Blood in the Front of the Eye in Dogs

There are several unique causes of blood in the front eye in dogs. There are, in fact, so many different causes that many professionals put in broad categories. This does indeed help medical professionals come to a conclusion about the cause of the blood in the front eye. Causes include:

  • Dog eye diseases
  • Trauma
  • Infections or irritations
  • A high amount of pressure
  • Various conditions of ophthalmic origin
  • Tumor behind the eye

Diagnosis of Blood in the Front of the Eye in Dogs

When a dog visits the veterinarian with an eye which is blood-filled, he will treat it as an emergency. Once he begins rapid treatment for affected eye, he will begin to diagnose the underlying condition. The veterinarian will most definitely perform an ophthalmic exam to thoroughly check the eyes. This will check for dilation issues and any interior eye problems, and if the blood is developing within the eye or only on the surface. The veterinarian will also listen to the dog’s complete history and any situations which could have caused the red eye or eyes. The veterinarian will ask detailed questions, such as if the dog could have had any poisons or if he is on any medication. 

After these preliminary tests have been completed, the veterinarian may want more information. He may do a complete biochemistry profile, blood work, platelet count, blood clotting evaluation, urine testing, and any imaging methods.The veterinarian may choose to collect a sample of fluid from the surface of the blood-stained eye to send it off for testing to determine the condition that has caused this.

Treatment of Blood in the Front of the Eye in Dogs

Treatment for blood in front eye in dogs depends on the underlying condition, if there is a disease or illness that is causing it. Other treatments include:

Eye Drops

Eye drops can be given, either antibiotic or over-the-counter, by the veterinarian. With your dog’s red eye, this may be all he needs, especially if the cause of the red eye was from an irritant, allergy, or scratch.


If there is an infection present, the veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or other types of prescription or over the counter medication. He may even prescribe a type of eyewash to keep the eye clean. Anti-inflammatory drugs will be avoided since these medications affect the clotting of the blood.

Removal of Foreign Object

Your companion may have to have the foreign object removed from his eye and the veterinarian will either treat this during the office or possibly as an outpatient surgery. This depends on the severity of the penetration of the object.

Recovery of Blood in the Front of the Eye in Dogs

When home, your dog should be kept calm and quiet and either restricted to a crate or a room where you are able to watch him. Do not allow him to paw at his eyes, and keep a watchful “eye” on him when outdoors. Encourage your dog to rest and limit exercise so keep the blood flow to a normal level.

Be sure to give the dog any medication he is prescribed and continue regular visits with the veterinarian to ensure he is healing properly. Some veterinarians may recommend natural remedies for the eye which can help soothe the dog’s eye in conjunction with his prescribed medication. After a few weeks, your dog will be back to normal again. With support from the veterinarian and the monitoring of his progress, his prognosis should be good, unless his blood in the eye is directly correlated to a cancerous tumor or other very serious condition. Your veterinarian will be able to give you an accurate prognosis.

Blood in the Front of the Eye Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Discharge from eye

Our mastiff has a light discharge coming from her eyes, it is a little yellowy but my boys found it is a little red in the corners as well. They think it's blood. She is not bothered by it at all, no scratching, no wimpering, she plays, she comes, she EATS, lol no swelling. Should we just keep an eye on it, clean it with a warm clean damp cloth? Or should I be making an appt for her at the vet?

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Pitbull/black lab mix?
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody eye

I have a dog that we suspect is a pitbull mix but looks exactly like a black Labrador named Zelda who is about two years old. I just noticed she has a bloody red eye on the right side mostly on the upper part of her eye above the iris. It seems to be bloody throughout the white of that eye but not in the other. It doesn't appear that there is any blood in the iris or pupil. I am not aware of any injuries she sustained today but the onset seems to be acute as I just noticed it and I've been with her for most of the day. She was outside going to the bathroom briefly on her own right before I noticed the problem. There is a neighborhood cat that she sometimes plays too roughly with that could have scratched her or she could have run into something I suppose. The red from the blood is darker around the iris and appears to fade from there as if it is coming from behind the iris. What should I do? I don't want anything bad to happen to her but it is going to be very difficult for me to pay for any veterinarian bills so I really can't afford to go if it is safe to let her heal with some kind of home remedy. I have eye drops but they are for humans. Would that be safe/helpful?

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American Pit Bull Terrier
13 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody discharge from eye.

History of mast cell tumors. Possible tumor above the eye. Thought it was a skin tag. Grown larger over a year. Noticed a bit of blood at base of “tumor.” For a few months, have been noticing extra discharge from the same eye. This morning had dark blood on lower eyelid. Doesn’t seem to bother him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Without examining Pablo I cannot say whether the new symptoms are related to the mast cell tumour or not; if it isn’t bothering him, keep an eye on him for the time being but if he starts to show signs of discomfort, swelling, pawing at the eye or anything else you should get him checked over by a Veterinarian. Ideally, the mast cell tumour should be removed but it can be difficult to taken enough margin and leave enough skin to close the wound in that location. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Panda de la spazzatura
Great Dane
12 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Eye Clouding

How dangerous is blood in the eye. My dog ran into a fence and one of the metal bars hit her eye frame. Now the interior of a her eye where the white should be is bloody.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Some redness or bleeding may occur with a traumatic injury and due to the anatomy of the eye, a small bleed can look very scary; you should flush the eye out with sterile saline to remove any possible debris and apply an ophthalmic antibiotic ointment to be on the safe side. However, in any case where there has been an injury to the head, I always recommend visiting a Veterinarian for an examination to check for brain injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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