Goldendoodle Eye Boogers: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

By Jeffrey Cheek
February 17, 2023
Posted in Health & Nutrition

a goldendoodle with white colored fur appearing on its muzzle line

Eye boogers, also known as ocular discharge, are a buildup of mucus and other debris that can accumulate in the corner of a goldendoodles's eyes. 

This "gunk" is most often seen after your Goldendoodle has been sleeping or napping and is usually perfectly normal. 

However, if you notice an excessive amount of eye boogers or any other changes to your dog's eyes, it may be time to take them to the vet for a checkup.

The amount of eye goop a dog produces each night can vary from breed to breed.

For example, flat-faced breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs tend to have more eye discharge than long-haired breeds like Golden Retrievers and Labradors.

Additionally, light-colored dogs may be more prone to tear staining around their eyes due to the accumulation of eye boogers.

Let's look at the causes of eye boogers in Goldendoodles and how you can help keep your pup's eyes clean and healthy.

Goldendoodles can experience eye boogers for a variety of reasons, from allergies and irritants to dryness and infections.

  • Allergies and irritants can cause a dog's eyes to become itchy, watery, and irritated. This can lead to the formation of eye boogers as the eyes produce more tears than normal in an attempt to flush out the irritant.
  • Dryness can also cause eye boogers as the eyes produce more tears than usual in order to lubricate them. 
  • Infections such as conjunctivitis or pink eye can also cause eye boogers, as well as overactive tear ducts or excessive tearing due to corneal ulcers or a visible third eyelid. 
  • Foreign bodies such as dust particles or dirt may also get stuck in a dog's eyes, leading to irritation and the formation of eye boogers.

In order to treat your Goldendoodles's eye boogers, it is important to first identify the underlying cause. 

  1. If allergies are suspected, antihistamines may be prescribed by your veterinarian. For dryness, artificial tears or other lubricating drops may be recommended. If infection is present, antibiotics may be prescribed. 
  2. In some cases, surgery may be necessary if there is an underlying issue such as blocked tear ducts or corneal ulcers that need to be addressed.

If you notice that your dog has excessive amounts of eye discharge or if it appears yellow-green or pus-like in color, it is important that you take your pet to see a veterinarian immediately for further evaluation and treatment.

It is also important to keep an eye on your pet's eyes for any changes in appearance or behavior that could indicate an underlying problem such as infection or injury.

By taking these steps you will help ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy for years to come!

Symptoms of Eye Boogers in Goldendoodles

Dog Eye Boogers are a common problem for many pet owners.

They can range from mild to severe, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Symptoms of eye boogers in dogs include watery eyes and excessive tearing, yellow or green discharge and pus-like eye discharge, cloudy eyes and tear stained fur around the dog's head, inner eyelids that roll outwards, and prominent eyes.

If your dog has any of these severe symptoms, it is important to take them to the vet for a checkup. Your vet may prescribe eye drops or ointments to help clear up the infection. 

If there is a foreign body in the eye, your vet may recommend gently wiping it away with a cotton ball soaked in warm water.

If the issue is more serious, such as corneal ulcers or blocked tear ducts, your vet may recommend surgery or other treatments.

Prevention and Treatment of Eye Boogers in Goldendoodles

It's normal for dogs to have eye boogers, but if you notice an excessive amount of discharge or a change in color, it could be a sign of something more serious.

To prevent and treat eye boogers in dogs, regular eye checkups and cleaning are essential.

You can also gently wipe away the discharge with a warm washcloth and use eye drops to lubricate the eyes.

It's important to identify and remove any foreign bodies that may be present, as well as treating any underlying infections or blocked tear ducts. In some cases, surgery may be necessary for cherry eye or serious infections that have been left untreated.

Pet owners should always consult their veterinarian if they notice any changes in their dog's eyes, such as excessive tearing, yellow or green discharge, cloudy eyes, tear-stained fur around the eyes, bulging eyes, squinted eyes, or other signs of discomfort.

Care and Maintenance of Goldendoodle’s Eyes

It is important to keep your dog's eyes lubricated and hydrated to avoid overly dry or irritating environments. 

Trimming long hair around the eyes can help prevent foreign bodies from entering the eye's surface and causing injury or infection. 

Flat-faced dog breeds such as pugs and bulldogs require extra caution due to their prominent eyes which can cause excessive pressure on the eyeball if not monitored carefully.

If you notice any signs of eye discharge in your dog, gently wipe away any gunk with a wet washcloth or cotton ball. If the discharge is yellow-green or pus-like it could be indicative of an infection that requires medical attention.

If there is excess discharge present for more than 24 hours it is recommended that you take your dog to the vet for further examination.

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you notice any signs of eye discharge in your dog, always seek medical attention right away. Signs of serious eye issues in dogs include yellow-green or pus-like discharge, bulging eyes, squinting or excessive tearing.

These symptoms can indicate a variety of injuries and diseases that require prompt treatment.

Your vet may recommend antibiotics to treat an infection, or surgery to address certain eye issues such as cherry eye. Pet parents should always be aware of any changes in their pet's eyes and seek medical attention immediately if they suspect something is wrong.


Eye boogers in Goldendoodles can be a sign of an infection or foreign body, and pet owners should always seek medical attention if they notice any changes in their dog's eyes.

Regular eye checkups and cleaning are essential for prevention, as well as identifying and removing any foreign bodies that may be present.

It is also important to keep the area around your dog’s eyes lubricated and hydrated with proper care and maintenance to avoid irritation or injury. 

With regular visits to the vet, you can help ensure your Goldendoodle stays healthy for years to come!

Jeffrey Cheek

Jeffrey Cheek is the proud owner of a funny goldendoodle named Bailey. Jeffrey loves spending time with his family and friends, and he enjoys being active outdoors. He is a successful business owner, and he takes great pride in providing for his loved ones. Bailey is always by Jeffrey's side, and the two of them make everyone around them laugh with their silly antics.

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