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Ask PetSugar: Why Do My Pet's Eyes Look Awful in Photos?

Ask PetSugar: Why Do My Pet's Eyes Look Awful in Photos?

Admittedly, I sometimes use editing software to touch up North's pupils but, when a pal asked about the phenomenon of red, yellow, blue, or green eyes in animal photos, I found myself rambling on like a quasiscientist. Just call me Dr. PetSugar . . .

When taking a picture, eye discoloration often occurs if a flash goes off with someone (or something) looking straight at the camera. I know I'm not the only one bending down to capture my pooch's cute antics and look at these baby blues! North's pupils aren't really that color, but learn why they look that way and


You know how many creatures can see better at night? Well, that actually occurs because of the tapetum, a special reflective layer in the back of the eye. To get a touch technical, light passes through an animal's retina from the outside of the eye and is then reflected back through the retina a second time from the reflective tapetal layer beneath the retina. Not only does passing through this layer help species see better in low light, the color of the tapetal layer is actually different for different pets.

Most puppies and kittens have a blue tapetal reflection until the backs of the eyes fully mature and change based on coat color. Dark colored dogs often have a green reflection, light pets will often show a yellow tapetal reflection and other species (like Siberian Huskies and Siamese) may have no pigment and flash back red just like us!

Now there's nothing you can do about the science of animals' eyes, but Snapfish has a new way to battle this problem – Pet Eye can help rid pets of the unwanted glow from your precious piccys without using another editing software before ordering your prints. What color do your animals' eyes most often appear when snapping?

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Molly Molly 8 years
Thank you! Oliver's eyes in photos are so frustrating b/c of course i think he is SO cute and the pictures never capture it.
oostarbubblesoo oostarbubblesoo 8 years
this happens to my pug, she gets blueish eyes
Angelica Angelica 8 years
This is a great tip! I've always wondered about that!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
red ... and at night if they are outside running around in the dark they have red devil eyes - trippy!
wren1 wren1 8 years
Thanks for the tip!
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
my cat-yellow my dogs-green
ladyr ladyr 8 years
Yellow or green
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