Dog Eye Care

In Your Dog’s Eyes

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by on July 18, 2012 · 0 comments

Unlike human beings, dogs only have their fur to keep them warm during the cold months. That said, it is not surprising to see some breeds featuring thick fur and log hair. The same goes even for their eyelashes, and when eyelashes get too long to handle, you might just have to trim it by yourself.

When it comes to long eyelashes, some pooches have been blessed with naturally long ones. Among the breeds that come with really long ones are Yorkshire Terriers and Cocker Spaniels. Shih Tzus are also known for sporting long eyelashes. Although long eyelashes tend to look good on dogs, left unkempt, they can pose a problem to the pooch’s site.

Before You Make The Cut

When it comes to dog eyelashes trim DIY sessions, there are certain things that you have to keep in mind. For one, you have to be very careful when cutting the eyelashes as one wrong move could end up with you poking your dog on the eye.

  1. Keep in mind that eyelashes serve a purpose. They are the ones responsible for keeping dirt out of your pooch’s eyes. Unless you find that your dog is already having problems finding his way around or have started suffering from certain conditions because of the eyelashes, you should very rarely attempt to trim the latter. [click to continue…]

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A Guide to Dog Eye Drops

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by on April 4, 2012 · 0 comments

Signs of eye problems in your dog is something you should always be on the lookout for. You may need to give your dog eye drops for many different issues that could occur throughout their life, and understanding them is a vital part of looking after their overall health.

Why Dog Eye Drops Are Needed

Allergies – Dogs can get allergies too! They can be allergic to all the things humans are like dust, pollen, and strong smells or chemicals. Signs of allergies include red, itchy eyes. You may even see a thick discharge coming from their eyes.

Cherry Eye – Cherry eye occurs when a dogs third eyelid has prolapsed. It is very noticeable and can be vary in size. The third eyelid contains a tear gland which when prolapsed gets irritated because of the exposure to the elements. Many people opt to get surgery for this and are required to give the dog eye drops afterwards.

Scratched Eye – If your dog is involved in a fight with a cat then they may end up with a scratched eyeball. Eye drops are a part of the healing process to help keep the eye hydrated and comfortable. [click to continue…]

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Conjunctivitis in dogs is the most common condition your pet’s eyes can develop. In modern medical practice, this disease is considered highly treatable. However, if left untreated, conjunctivitis in dogs can bring much damage to the eye and result in complete loss of vision. The causes of conjunctivitis in dogs differ to a great extent and predetermine the course of treatment. The intensity of the treatment depends on the severity of the exact case starting from simple eye cleansing to a round of antibiotics. The more you know about conjunctivitis in dogs, the more easily you will be able to detect, cure and actually prevent this condition. Here you will find all necessary things you need to know about conjunctivitis in dogs and how to cope with it in case it occurs.

Conjunctivitis in dogs is an inflammation of conjunctiva, the mucous membrane lining the eyelids and covering the surface of the eye up to the cornea. If the white of the eye (sclera) also becomes inflamed, this condition is often referred to as red or pink eye. Conjunctivitis in dogs is usually associated with pain and itchiness of the eyes. It can affect one (unilateral) or both eyes (bilateral). [click to continue…]

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Dog eye irritation is one of the most common eye problems that threaten your pet’s normal and healthy vision. It can bring much discomfort to your dog interfering with his usual activity. There is an array of factors that contribute to dog eye irritation. Let’s take a look at some of them.

  • The most probable reason why your pet’s eyes can get irritated is in the surroundings. Different small particles, foreign objects, dust and debris can easily get into a dog’s eye leading to irritation. If your little friend enjoys pulling a Superman out of a car window, you should eliminate it. Tree branches or road signs can seriously injure your pet’s eyes. There are certain cases when dogs jumped or fell out of open windows. Fights with other animals, cat scratches and sharp objects can also result in eye trauma.
  • Another reason for dog eye irritation also comes from the environment. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to an array of things. Dust, pollens, feathers, wool or grass are typical allergens which cause dog eye irritation. Exposure to irritating substances, insecticides and preservatives, household chemicals products can also damage the eyes. [click to continue…]

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Dog eye wash can be a save way to protect your pet’s eyes, and they do need protection as they are constantly exposed to many threats from the environment. There are different factors that affect your dog’s eyes and can cause further damage to the eyesight. The most common irritant is dust. Together with debris, it easily gets into the eyes every single day causing irritation of the cornea. Unlike people, canines are deprived of the possibility to wash their faces properly in order to remove debris and eye discharge. Thus, the responsibility for dog eye care lies with you. Dog eye wash can become an effective alternative to everyday washing. Of course, there is another natural way of cleaning a dog’s eyes – tearing. But most often it’s not enough to keep the eyes healthy, especially in the cases of severe eye irritation. Besides, some dog breeds are born with abnormal drainage system causing excessive tear production. This leads to the appearance of brownish tear stains in the areas surrounding the eye with further discoloring of the hair. Using the right dog eye wash solution will help you deal with this problem. [click to continue…]

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Canine eye problems belong to the most common dog health problems. The reasons for canine eye problems range from an abnormal eyelash turning inward to pathogenic infections or inherited conditions. This wide variety of causes allows of different treatment options, making it possible to combine holistic and conventional medicine. Sometimes canine eye problems are difficult to diagnose. It’s explained by the fact that some dog eye issues can come as secondary conditions to underlying disease. That’s why it is essential for you to provide not only eye, but overall care to your pet. Regular check-ups will also help indicate canine eye problems. If you notice that your dog’s eyes are inflamed or he is blinking excessively, consult a vet right away. The following symptoms of dog eye problems are telltale signs for you to apply for medical help:

  • Red or bulging eyes
  • Squinting and rapid blinking (blepharospasm)
  • Mucous discharge usually yellow or green in color
  • Excessive tear formation
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Pawing and rubbing the eye

Canine eye problems can cause severe and permanent damage to your dog’s eyes, so do not put off the visit to a vet in case of any.

Here you have top 6 dog eye problems & treatments together with efficient preventive care. [click to continue…]

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Dog eye infection is one of the most common dog eye problems. If left untreated, it can result in more serious health issues and cause severe damage to your dog’s eyes. If you suspect your pet to have dog eye infection, then you must have noticed the following:

  • Red and swollen eyelids, eye glands and tissue around the eyes
  • Eye discharge – thick mucous substance usually yellow, brown or green in color
  • Bloodshot eyes – healthy eyes should be bright with the clear white
  • Squinting – dogs do not usually squint unless some irritation of the eye takes place
  • Scratching and pawing the eye

These are clear signs of dog eye infection present in your dog’s eyes. Sometimes dog eye infection can be easily confused with allergies, a phenomenon rather common for dogs, as they create similar symptoms. That is why in case of any of them have your dog examined by a vet and leave diagnosing the problem up to a professional. Dog eye infection is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, for instance the Herpes virus, or even Lyme disease from tick bites. Dirt and other foreign particles also contribute to dog eye problems. Dog eye infection mostly develops in sore and inflamed areas. The latter can be caused by eye injuries, animal scratches, assaults from insects, dust, wind, exposure to irritating agents such as garden pesticides, fertilizers and household chemicals. Some dogs seem to be prone to dog eye infection. Miniature breeds with prominent eyes often have dysfunctional tear draining because of the stretching of the eyelids. Some dogs are born with abnormal drainage system. Poodles, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso suffer from watery eye syndrome as their eyelashes may often turn inward. All this leads to excessive tear formation and as a result brownish tear stains around the eyes. Tear overflow especially contributes to dog eye infection, for mucous areas are perfect for bacteria to flourish and develop further eye problems. As follows from the above, dog eye infection can be prevented by eliminating the main sources. [click to continue…]

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If your dog has an eye infection, it may be necessary to apply dog eye drops or eye ointment. Dog eye drops can be medicated for several reasons. The main reason is to fight any dog eye disease. It might be conjunctivitis, cataract, corneal ulcer and some others. Dog eye drops are often used in a post-operative care. If your dog has got a scratch or an allergic reaction to something, proper medications are also required. Some dog eye drops or ointment may be used simply as a preventative measures. Some dogs have problems with their drainage system. In this case a regular eye care is important to keep the dog’s eyes properly moistened and prevent possible eye infections. Before you actually start applying dog eye drops there is a number of things you should NOT do.

  • You shouldn’t choose any dog eye drops or eye ointment at your own discretion. Always buy only those medications which your veterinarian has prescribed.
  • You shouldn’t use dog eye drops which are out of date. They may be simply ineffective or what’s worse – bring harm to your pet’s eyes.
  • You shouldn’t exceed the dosage of dog eye drops. Always follow the instructions written on the bottle of the medication. Usually a normal dose is 1-2 drops.
  • You shouldn’t apply human eye drops to your dog. Even prescribed for the same purpose the dosage may greatly differ. Your veterinarian will always dose the right dog eye drops for your pet correctly. [click to continue…]

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Dog eye care is a vital component of your dog’s health care program. Proper dog eye care is essential for ensuring healthy eyes and a clear vision of your pet. Providing a solid care for your dog’s eyes will prevent possible eye infection which leads to further eye disease. Make sure to know all the basic principles of eye care for dogs. Quality dog eye care will not only save you trouble with your pet’s health but also money on possible expenses. If you wish to find out more about the benefits of a proper dog eye care read the following care for dogs faqs.

1.   Why are my dog’s eyes running all the time?

The normal process of tears secretion goes like this. Lacrimal glands produce tears that are drained out through small ducts in the eyelids. It is essential for preventing the eyeball from drying up. The ducts usually empty into the nose. But if they are blocked, the tears overflow the eyelids and spill down the face. The reasons for it may be different.

  • Some pets may be born with an abnormal draining mechanism. Sometimes it can be corrected by means of a surgical operation.
  • Such breeds as Cockers, Poodles and small terriers may not have a proper drainage system. They especially need regular dog eye care. As for miniature and toy dog breeds, they seem to have more prominent eyes than other dogs. This causes eyelids to stretch and block the tear ducts. In this case there is not much you can do about it. Only a proper dog eye care will help. [click to continue…]

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