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Clean Eye Gook from the Inside Corner of our Dogs’ Eyes #DogFashionSpa

When I think about how little I knew about dogs a few years ago compared to today, I laugh.

Rodrigo and Sydney were 6 months old when I learned that eye gook in a dog’s could be caused by allergies; this was also when I learned that dogs had allergies.  A fellow dog mom shared that her dog gets allergies in the spring, summer and fall.

I just thought it was the same as the crusty gook I get in the morning.

Cleaning Your Dog's Eyes

For years, we used our fingers to gently remove our dogs’ eye gook and then they get a kiss and praise for sitting patiently for this quick, daily beauty routine.

What I never thought of is “where have my fingers been?”  Is this sanitary?  And am I supposed to clean the inside corners of our dogs’ eyes?

“Yes, any excess mucous, secretions, tears, or matter should be routinely cleaned from these areas. Most pets will collect a small amount of eye secretion or debris at the inside eye lid corners, just like we do.”

~ Banfield Pet Hospital

Well, that’s good to know.  But when it comes to the eye gook, instead of using our fingers, the Banfield Pet Hospital recommends using a “moistened, soft, clean cloth, cotton ball or tissue to gently wipe any secretions away.”

Dog Fashion Spa Eye Wipes

Dog Fashion Spa offers a gentle cleaner just for this chore.  The Gentle Eye Pads for Dogs help us keep our dogs’ eyes free of eye gook without risking irritation.  They’re fragrance free and can be used daily, because some dogs need to have their eye area cleaned regularly.

When we received a set of Dog Fashion Spa products to review, I quickly created a pampering routine for our dogs.  Sydney is loving the attention.  Rodrigo doesn’t mine a little extra love either.

The puppies aren’t old enough yet for grooming, but they are benefiting from DFS paw care during these cold winter months.

Eye gook isn’t life threatening and usually isn’t something to worry about.  But if discharge from your dog’s eyes increase, is a yellow or green color, or has a smell – call the vet.  If your dog’s eyes are causing him trouble (swelling, itching) – call the vet.  But if you just want to focus on their beautiful eyes instead of eye  gook, then check out Dog Fashion Spa and pamper your pooch.

What’s your favorite way to pamper your dog?


  1. I’ve been using the moist towelettes on both Harley & Leo. I hate looking into those huge brown eyes and seeing “eye crusties”

    I’m actually using a Paw Balm by Espree on them right now, but I like the DFS stick version. Might just have to check that one out.


    • What I like about the paw DFS treatment is that it soaks in immediately so I can use it anytime. We use a paw balm at night when they are finished going outside.

      Ahhh what we do for our dogs.

  2. Does this apply to small breeds like Malti-Poos? I thought that this was something that happened to toy dogs. But she has this all the time, not just certain times of the year.


    • I think a lot of dogs deal with eye gook; our dogs don’t as much as others. I met a woman who’s dog would get green discharge in the spring, but nothing beyond that and she just kept her face clean :)

  3. I will definitely have to check this product out! I clean Wynston’s eyes everyday, but just with some warm water and a micro-fiber rag. Those big Chihuahua eyes get crusty from watering so much! Tonight I gave Wynston a bath with his Aroma Paws shampoo, as I noticed earlier he got in the dirt and had mud on his paws! He does really well with the bathing :)

    • We clean our dogs’ eyes daily. The tolerate baths, but aren’t bug fans The puppies haven’t had their first bath yet. It would be cool if they liked it.

  4. Thanks for these wonderful tips, I do this for my Pit Bull Terrier every morning. I have always used my finger to clean it all this time but I never thought about the unsanitary part. Thanks for sharing.

    • Me either – I think of the things they roll in and wonder if it matters. But if it’s safer to use a lightly moistened towel or towelette, I’ll give it a go :)

  5. Good advice to call the vet if the discharge is colored in any way! When clear it’s usually allergies, dust, wind in their face etc. But colored is NOT a good sign.

    Believe it or not, when I was growing up one of our dogs suffered in-growing eyelashes! It would cause a sometime watery, and sometime mucus like discharge but accompanied by very regular itching and rubbing of the eyes, it was quite clear that it was time to visit a vet again.

    • Thanks! I find it scary the number of people (myself included before I started blogging) who see something on a blog and take it to heart so I’m trying to always toss in a “call the vet” message when I talk about anything health related. And I’m also only dealing with health topics we personally experience – I worry that someone might take something I say as gospel and not seek more information.

      • Well done Kimberley, I respect that!

        I’m yet to cover any health topics on my site (it’s very young) but long ago put up a post ‘Don’t be Dr Google…’ for the very reasons you’ve stated! You’re doing well to toss in that ‘call the vet’ warning. It safeguards you for doing right…and could save a dog unnecessary discomfort when people are given the info to recognize the signs when a vet should be called. Keep up the good work :-)

  6. Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for sharing this.

    I’d never considered that moving the crusty build-up away with bare hands could actually be making the problem worse!

    I also second LTHQ with the suggestion to call the vet if in any doubt (seriously, about anything!)- your dog will thank you for not taking a DIY approach with their health!


    • So true. Unless you know what you’re doing, you can do more harm than good. It freaks me out when I see people recommend inducing vomiting in a dog that has eaten cooked chicken bones. Sometimes DIY can do more damage than good.

  7. Yes. You are so right. It’s really important to pay attention to our dogs (and pets at all). They can’t go to a doctor themselves.. So I fully agree with you! :)


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