There is goop and then there is goop; sometimes our dogs get goopy eyes. Not the regular goopy stuff; sometimes they get more goop that can be caused by dozens of different things but often it is good ole allergies. Southern California is horrible for allergies; I have them pretty much year round but there are sometimes that a worse. That is when it seems to hit Luke as well and his eyes get goopy.
I've been using Castor Oil for Luke's eyes for years. Yes I know what you are thinking; Castor oil? I thought the same thing when I first read it which was in Dr. Pitcairn's book years ago. With Luke's slight seasonal allergies he gets the goopy eyes thing. They do seem to bother him; they seem itchy so I did a lot of research. I tend to always veer towards a natural solution so when I discovered Castor Oil I though I'd give it a whirl. Low and behold his eyes were totally cleared up by the next day. This happens only once or twice a year so I've had the same bottle for all this time and barely made a dent.
When I put the oil in his eyes I use a small syringe. I put a few drops into the syringe and only one tiny drop in the affected eye. We call him "Oily eyes," for a day but then it's gone. The castor oil gives him an oily rim around his eye but other than that nothing. It doesn't seem to bother him; except of course for the actual application. But that has nothing to do with getting it placed in the eye and all about "what are you doing to me?" situation. It doesn't hurt and he has learned to let me do it quickly now. I just tell him "let Mommy see," and he knows that I need to check something. Of course he worries, it is his nature to worry.
For Luke with his seasonal allergies; Castor oil works amazingly. I'm sold and we never have to use anything harsh on his eyes and my Mr. Oily eyes is all better overnight.