Other Possible Reasons for Bloodshot Eyes
While much rarer, there are other conditions that can cause a Beagle's eyes to become bloodshot. These conditions will have other noticeable signs.
The 3rd eyelid which is located in the corner of a dog's eye and normally is not seen slips out of place. If this happens, the eye will be red however you will also see a pink bulge of tissue in the eye. Treatment often calls out for surgical repositioning.
This is a condition in which there is high pressure within the eye, eyes will become very bloodshot in response to this. A cloudy appearance to the eye is almost always another clear sign. A Beagle may also have excessive blinking, the pupil may be dilated and/or there may be reduced vision. Left untreated, it can lead to vision loss.
This is best treated by a veterinary ophthalmologist. In many cases, there will be an attempt to manage the condition with medication to lower the pressure in the eye. A treatment called cyclocryotherapy in which applied cold temperature reduces internal excessive fluid in the eye may be tried. Prognosis is best if the glaucoma is caught early. If a dog does not respond to treatment, the eye may need to be surgically removed.
Ectropion or Entropion- The first is an outward turning of the upper lid, which causes the lower lid to droop. The second is a inward rolling of the eyelid. Both can cause bloodshot eyes along with a watery discharge. While this is prevalent in many breeds it is not common with the Beagle.
Burst blood vessels in the eye -
This can happen if a Beagle excessively pulls while on leash or if the dog is tied and pulls to free himself. It can also - in some cases - happen if a dog becomes exceptionally excited. If a Beagle tends to forcibly pull while on leash, it is suggested to use a harness as opposed to a collar which will prevent this sort of issue from happening.
While most cases will subside within a week, it is recommended to bring the Beagle to the vet to rule out any abrasions or tears.
At-Home Remedies to Fix a Beagle's Bloodshot Eyes
If your Beagle's eyes are red and there are no other worrying signs such as a thick discharge, this can usually be cleared up by flushing the eyes. This will work to remove any foreign debris or rinse out any environmental factor that may be causing irritation.
Of course, most dogs are not going to sit nicely while you do this, so having a helper will make things much easier. For dogs that get bloodshot eyes a lot, the dog may begin to tolerate the drops after some time. It's always a good idea to have a treat handy to reward your Beagle, even if he squirms and makes a fuss.
How to Flush a Beagle's Eyes:
We do not suggest trying to remove any debris with your fingers as this may cause damage to the eye. You will need a quality canine eye saline wash and small pieces of sterilize gauze. It is recommended to use a reputable manufactured cleanser; home remedies that involve mixing table salt with filtered water are not recommended since an incorrect measuring can cause severe burning and further damage to a Beagle's eyes.
1) Gently pull the lower lid down and out, placing 2 to 3 drops into the small pocket that is formed by doing so.
2) Release and allow your Beagle to blink. This will distribute the solution over the entire eyeball.
3) Use a sterile piece of gauze to wipe down and away, swooping up both fluid and any debris that has been loosened.
For heavily bloodshot eyes, you may want to repeat this in both eyes and this can be done twice per day. If the eyes do not clear up within 24 hours or if there are any new symptoms, it will be time to bring your Beagle to the vet.
Simple bloodshot eyes can be the result of things as trivial as a Beagle rushing through the grass or straining his eyes too much the night before. However, continued chronic red eyes are a sign that there is an underlying health condition
In addition, if there are other symptoms, you will want to have your Beagle examined by the vet as soon as possible. This includes but is not limited to:
- Excessive watering and tearing
- Discharge - yellow, green, brown or any other color
- Crusting around the eye
- Swelling of the lids or any of the tissue around the socket
- The eye is partially or fully closed
- Decreased appetite
- Heavy panting