Cat has brownish red eye discharge

  • 4 yr old cat. Given eyedrops by vet n doesn't need tearduct surgery. One duct blocked. Nose has dried brown discharge. Won't go away

  • Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a small animal vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

    I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for your cat.


    I'd be interested to know what drops they were and what the initial diagnosis was. Discharge like this can have a wide range of causes including:


    • A bacterial or viral conjunctivitis
    • Allergies
    • Oral inflammation
    • An inturned eyelid (entropion)
    • Etc.


    If drops have not resolved the issue, we would consider further testing such as cytology and/or a swab and culture. This way, we can definitively find out what is going on.


    If there is currently inflammation within the tear duct, I'd consider a course of oral anti inflammatories and physically flushing the area to remove any debris or crusting.

  • My cat came inside and her eye is watering and she won't open it all the way. 

  • Hi Pamela, this is Linda the vet.

    I'm sorry to hear about this.


    This could be indicative of a number of things including a foreign body under the eyelid, an eye ulcer or an infection.

    Squinting and a watery discharge tells us the eye is painful.


    It is important we have a vet check the eye so we can determine what is going on.

    Any foreign body would need to be flushed out, while we would also likely prescribe some pain relief and topical antibiotics if needed.

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