Every dog needs to have their eyes and the surrounding area routinely cleaned and examined. Eye Problems can quickly arise in your dog and are not always as easy to spot as one might think.
As with most dog health care issues, preventing eye problems is a much better alternative then treating an existing problem.
Everyday, you should moisten a cloth or cotton ball with warm water and gently wipe away any discharge or buildup you see, usually on the innermost corner of the eyes. Do not wipe the actual eye, as you may inadvertently scratch this delicate area. If there is crusting around your dog's eye, always close his eye lid first before wiping.
Some dogs will need to have the immediate hair trimmed from around the inside corner of their eyes, along the bridge of the nose, and from above the eyes in the bangs area. Too much hair in the corner of the eyes doesn't allow easy drainage, and discharge will buildup and mat in this hair. Bangs or loose hair around the eyes can also irritate the eyes if it continually brushes into them.
Remove excess hair carefully with blunt tipped scissors. Keep scissors pointed AWAY from the eye at all times when cutting. Have a second person hold your dog's head to keep it from moving.
First, clean the area with warm water. Make sure it is trimmed properly to limit the amount of hair around the area. Then, per product directions, regularly apply a tear stain remover to the under-eye area in order to remove stains.
Breeds with protruding eyes are at a greater risk for numerous eye conditions since their eyes are shallow set in the eye socket. They are at a greater risk for eye trauma, eye pop outs, and dry eye. These dogs may benefit from a regular eye bath using sterile eye solutions like Opticlear or a similar product.
Each dog is an individual, so be sure to ask your veterinarian if there are any extra precautions that you might need to take for your individual dog. Also be sure to always take your dog in for a check-up if you notice any new or unusual problems with your dog's eyes such as excessive tearing, discolored discharge, redness, or swelling. Waiting in these situations could potentially affect the health of the eye and even your dog's sight.
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Please consult the services of a Professional Dog Trainer, Behaviorist or Veterinarian before implementing any of the advice contained on this site.