Conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) is very common in dogs and is caused from external irritants or infections to the eye.
You won't believe this. I woke up with Pink Eye yesterday too. You can get it from your dog by the way. Not to worry though. Give the vet a call tomorrow and keep your hands clean and away from your eyes. Also wash your dogs paws and tell him to not rub his eyes, lol. Just joking. If you wear contacts throw out your contaminated pair and wear glasses for the next week as well.
Dogs can get pink eye from humans and visa versa. There are several types of conjunctivitis and really needs to be looked at by the vet to determine the type and treatment necessary. Here is a link:
Should You Treat Your Dog’s Pink Eye? | The Dogington Post
There are a few other ways that our dogs contract dog pink eye:
The conjunctiva is the delicate membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and covers the outer layer of the eye. When it becomes inflamed or infected, it often leads to what is commonly known as pink eye. Conjunctivitis is the most common eye problem in dogs, and it usually heals without complication if properly treated. If left untreated, it may spread to deeper areas of the eye. Symptoms include red, inflamed eyelids stuck together, and/or thick yellow discharge from the affected eye. Conjunctivitis can have many causes from irritants/allergies (grass, trees, dander, ragweed, mold, pollens) to fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. Canine Distemper is another common cause of secondary conjunctivitis in dogs. While it is difficult to prevent conjunctivitis, in most cases, topical antibiotics will provide a cure. Allergy medication, low allergy diets (when given long term), and fatty acids may also help. So how can you tell if your dog has pink eye? Well the first thing to know is that conjunctivitis can occur in dogs of all ages and breeds, either on its own or in conjunction with another eye issue. Like pink eye normally found in humans, the canine version can spread the same way, by rubbing the infected eye with the same paw or human hand as the non-affected eye.While some breeds of dogs like the English bulldog or the boxer are prone to having droopy, red eyes, or a condition known as “cherry eye,” on occasion other breeds can too exhibit similar symptoms. Though many of us usually just chalk the redness up to our dogs not getting enough sleep and appearing tired like a human would, what some dog owners aren’t aware of, is that canines too can suffer from conjunctivitis, otherwise known as pink eye.Though your vet may not be concerned at first, ignoring these symptoms altogether may be putting your dog at risk of potential blindness in the future. Canine pink eye can appear in three forms; seasonal, bacterial, and viral conjunctivitis. With varying degrees of symptoms, severity, long term effects and levels of contagiousness, it is important to ensure that your dog is safe from any further complications as well as to keep other dogs, cats, or humans he may come into contact with from harm.