Caring for your dog’s eyes is important for your dog’s health. Your pet is counting on you to keep him healthy, and that includes watching out for his vision. Knowing how to care for the eyes is important, along with knowing what problems you should watch out for.
Keep Hair Trimmed
Nobody likes having hair in their eyes, especially your pet. It is important to regularly trim the hair around the eyes to keep them protected. Hair that is constantly brushing at the eye can actually scratch it, and the constant scraping can easily introduce bacteria and cause an infection.
Have someone help you when trimming the hair to prevent accidental injury. Also, be sure to use blunt tipped scissors as an added precaution. Another option is to tie your dog’s hair back. However, if the ribbons and bows irritate your dog, you will have to have his hair clipped.
Clean the Eyes
Mucus build-up in the eyes can also lead to infection. Cleaning the eyes will help keep bacteria at bay. Eye Clens Eye Wash, veterinary quality eyewash, is available to help you easily and quickly clean your beloved pet’s eyes. Just as you clean your eyes every day, your pet’s eyes need to be cleaned every day.
Applying this ointment to your dog’s eyes before bathing him can help prevent the chemicals in the shampoo from getting into your dog’s eyes. Irritants in the shampoo are not only painful, but they can also lead to a potentially dangerous infection.
Tear stains can actually be a magnet for bacteria. Some dogs are more prone to tear stains due to their particular tear ducts. If you look at your dog and notice black streaks under the eye, try a tear stain remover to thoroughly clean the area.
There will be times when your vet will prescribe medications for diseases or an injury. Eye medications are typically ointment or drops. Before applying anything to your dog’s eyes, take the time to thoroughly wash your hands. Wearing gloves is also a good idea for extra protection. Follow the directions for application, and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
Problems to Watch For
If the white area of the eye becomes inflamed, the problem could be conjunctivitis. Ointment or drops are usually prescribed for this easily treatable condition. Your dog’s eyes can also become dry. Dry eyes are more likely to become infected, so be sure to talk to your vet if this becomes a problem. Other problems include a protrusion of the third eyelids tear gland known as cherry eye. It looks like a large, bright bulge in the corner of the eye. Surgery is usually required to correct the problem, but drops can be used to help care for the eye if surgery is not an option. The most important thing you can do for your dog’s vision is to keep an eye out for anything unusual with his eyes. When a problem is caught, early treatments are typically less expensive and more successful.
The next time you sit down to cuddle with your best friend, take a few minutes to gaze into those soulful eyes to be sure they’re healthy.
Guest author Sara Roberts writes for Just Eyewear, an online retailer of prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses.