Dog Eye Care

Dogs’ eyes should be bright, shining and free of discharge. The skin around the eye should be healthy and appear ‘normal’.
When grooming your dog always take care not to injure the dog’s eyes.
Check your dog’s eyes every day, many vets say they are “the window to your dog’s health”.
Keep an eye out for your dog blinking in an abnormal manner, squinting or pawing at one or both eyes.
It is common for mucus to be discharged from the eye it is a normal reaction to dust or other irritants. This mucus can be removed gently with damp cotton wool. If the mucus is already hard when discovered soften it with warm water before removing with damp cotton wool or gently with your fingers.
What to do when there is a problem

Eye hanging out First Aid -> Vet immediately
Surface of eye damaged First Aid -> Vet immediately
Bleeding, swelling, severe bruising. First Aid -> Vet immediately
Foreign body or blood in the eye causing
squinting, blinking, tears, rubbing or
over sensitivity to light. First Aid -> Vet immediately

Eye closing as if in pain See the Vet the same day
Sudden change in the ability to see See the Vet the same day
Pupils irregular See the Vet the same day
Surface of eye cloudy or grey See the Vet the same day
Eye intensely bloodshot See the Vet the same day
Green or Yellow discharge See the Vet the same day
One or both eyes larger than normal See the Vet the same day
Dog unwilling to open an eye See the Vet the same day
Eyes “ticking” rhythmically in
one direction See the Vet the same day

Dilated pupils Check for Shock – if present- Vet immediately
Excess of tears Bathe eyes in tepid salt water
Rubbing of eyes or face Examine for irritation

Sudden sensitivity to light Phone Vet for advice
Visible third eyelid Phone Vet for advice

How to apply medicine to the Dogs eyes
I would recommend viewing:- www.dog-health-handbook.com/dog-eye-medicine.html

Basic First Aid
If your dog suffers an injury to its eye/s:-
1 = Consider applying an emergency muzzle
2 = Place a soft pad on the eye then bandage the eye close – consider covering both eyes if movement of the injured eye will cause more damage and/or pain.
3 = Consider applying an emergency “Elizabethan Collar”.
4 = Remove to Vets a.s.a.p.

If your dog suffers a chemical injury to its eye/s:-
1 = Consider applying an emergency muzzle
2 = Flush the eye out with clean water for at least 15 minutes.
3 = Place a soft pad on the eye then bandage the eye close – consider covering both eyes if movement of the injured eye will cause more damage and/or pain.
4 = Consider applying an emergency “Elizabethan Collar”.
5 = Remove to Vets a.s.a.p.

If your dog suffers a non-penetrating foreign body to its eye/s:-
1 = Consider applying an emergency muzzle
2 = Flush out the foreign body using tepid water or moisten a gauze swab and gently ease the irritant out of the eye.
3 = Unable to remove – Place a soft pad on the eye then bandage the eye close – consider covering both eyes if movement of the injured eye will cause more damage and/or pain.
4 = Consider applying an emergency “Elizabethan Collar”.
5 = Remove to Vets a.s.a.p.