Why Does my Goldendoodle Have Eye Boogers?

Eye boogers or eye discharge is a common issue for some dogs and most of the time we don’t know what is causing it and if it means something more than just eye boogers, so in this article, I will cover all of your questions.

So, why does my Goldendoodle have eye boogers? Goldendoodles eye boogers can mean one of two things, first; they may be harmless and caused by dust or the wind, and two; they can be caused by something more complicated such as allergies, infections, or glaucoma.

There is more to that answer. If you want to learn more about why your Goldendoodle has goopy eyes and how to clean their eyes, just keep reading.

Why does my Goldendoodle have eye boogers?

goldendoodle face upclose to show why does my Goldendoodle have eye boogers

Goldendoodles can have eye boogers for multiple reasons, so here are the most common ones.

  • Allergies 
  • Dust 
  • Infection 
  • Conjunctivitis  
  • Epiphora 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Corneal ulcers 


Your Goldendoodle can have eye boogers due to allergies, it’s not so chronic but you should not leave them without doing something.

You should always consult their vet to make sure what the underlying problem is.


  • Swelling around the eye
  • Squinting 
  • Watery discharge 
  • Holding their eyes closed
  • Blinking excessively 
  • Thick and smelly discharge 
  • Becoming sensitive to light 
  • Redness in and around the eye
  • Pawing their eye  


Dust can also cause your dog’s eyes to have boogers but it’s the easiest reason to deal with, all you have to do is clean their eyes. 

If the reason that causes them to have eye boogers is dust the discharge will be clear.


  • Squinting 
  • Clear discharge 
  • Pawing their eyes 
  • Light redness


Even though most infections that cause boogers are considered mild, they can lead to many unpleasant issues such as conjunctivitis, so make sure to know what caused the infection and treat it properly.


  • Swelling around their eyes 
  • Thick or watery discharge 
  • Holding their eyes close 
  • Redness in their eye
  • Rubbing their eye
  • Blinking more than usual 


Conjunctivitis can make your Goldendoodle really uncomfortable, it’s an infection that covers your dog’s eye and eyelids and makes their eye pink.

It can be caused by tear film deficiency, injury in the eye, tumors in the eye region, or even allergies. 


  • Pawing their eye 
  • Green discharge 
  • Red eyelids 
  • Excessive blinking 
  • Redness around the eye 
  • Swelling 
  • Squinting 

Conjunctivitis is a serious condition that should be treated as you notice one or a few of these signs because it can lead to permanent eye damage.


Epiphora happens when your dog creates excessive tears, it can be caused by allergies, blockages, overproduction of tear glands, or irritants.

If you suspect that your dog boogers are caused by epiphora, it’s better if you talk to their vet about it.


  • Swelling 
  • Constant eye discharge 
  • Red eyes 
  • Reddish-brown tear stains 
  • Itching and scratching their eyes 


Glaucoma is a  disease in which the excess fluid is drained from the eye between the iris and the cornea.

Glaucoma is caused by drainage of aqueous fluid, Goldendoodles are prone to get glaucoma because both of the parent breeds are more likely to get it as well. 


  • Pupils are a different size in each 
  • Cloudy cornea 
  • Behavioral changes 
  • Their pupils won’t respond to light 
  • Increased sleeping 
  • Continual squinting of the eye
  • Watery eyes 
  • Bumping into furniture 
  • Scratching or rubbing of the eye 
  • Clumsiness 
  • Reluctance jump 
  • Squinting 
  • Difficulty seeing dimly lit areas
  • Changes in their eye color 
  • Not recognizing familiar people
  • Cloudy pupils

Corneal ulcers 

Corneal is usually caused by trauma, bacterial infection, or viral infections.

It will make your dog’s eyes cloudy due to a fluid accumulating in the stroma. It’s a very serious condition that you should never ignore or delay doing something about it. 


  • Squinting 
  • Ocular discharge 
  • Redness in their eyes
  • Blinking excessively 
  • Swollen eyes
  • Rubbing their eyes

Why does my Goldendoodle have goopy eyes?

Your Goldendoodle could have goopy eyes due to allergies, infections, injury, dry eye, tear duct problems, inflammation, conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, epiphora, glaucoma, or even tumors, you noticed any other signs, you should take them to the vet for a check-up. 

How to clean your dog’s eyes?

You can clean your dog’s eyes by gently wiping out any dirt or discharge with wet wipes with no fragrance.

After wiping every dirt or debris, use makeup remover pads to keep their eyes dry, you can do it twice a day to make sure that there is nothing making them uncomfortable.

Is it normal for Goldendoodles to have eye boogers?

Yes, it can be normal for Goldendoodles to have eye boogers especially if their eyelashes are covering their eye it can cause eye boogers. 

They can also have eye boogers if there is a wind on their face or debris or dust in their eyes.

However, you can check the signs above and compare them to what your dog is displaying.

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Related Questions 

Do Goldendoodles have eye problems?

No, Goldendoodles don’t have eye problems, they can develop some eye problems but it’s not in the breed standards that they have eye problems, however, there are some eye problems that are common in Goldendoodles such as glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, and cataracts.

Why does my Goldendoodle have boogers all the time?

The reason why your Goldendoodle has boogers all the time could be an allergy, infection, or their eyes dried out, the boogers, in general, doesn’t have to mean a bad thing but thawing it all the time can be an indication of eye problems and need to be checked by their vet immediately.

Will dog conjunctivitis go away by itself?

No, conjunctivitis will not go away by itself because it can cause permanent damage to the cornea and medical treatment must be done because if you leave it can eventually lead to vision loss, so as soon as you notice the signs of conjunctivitis, take them to the vet.

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