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The best Dog Eye Care – What you should know

As we all know, the eyes are meant for seeing, in dogs and any other living animal. As simple as that sounds, their lives are basically dependent on them.

When the eyes are faulty, the other senses get heightened, trying to cover up for the eyes, but for dogs, neither their sense of smell nor their hearing senses can detect an obstacle on their way, or show them where the door is. Hence, their eyes are basically irreplaceable.

Causes of Dog Eye Infections

The infections that cause dog eye problems don’t just magically appear there. Some of the causes include;  contacting it from other dogs that have eye infections, from bacteria infected tiny objects that sometimes get into their eyes, even in humans.

The point there is, you can't really stop this from happening.. you can only get lucky, or see your vet for a general check up on your dog.

The signs that your dog might have been infected include excessive crying and whining, increased light sensitivity, redness of the eye, discharge from their eyes, among other obvious signs you couldn’t possibly miss if you truly care about your dog.

Knowing this also translates to the fact that dog care goes beyond feeding them. Their senses have to be fully functional too. No one wants a handicapped dog, so, don’t make your dog one.

Dog eye care is as important as feeding them, or taking them for a walk. However, there are different ways to do that, but the vet's way is the best. Vets can only intervene properly when the dog’s condition is at its worst, hence there are things you can do for your dog, as prescribed by your vet, or dog professionals, that would keep your dog’s eye condition from getting that bad.

Important Tips for Proper Dog Eye Care

The dog’s eye is almost certainly the most sensitive part of its body, so, don’t experiment with them.

Make sure you include eyesight improving ingredients in their diets every once in a while. Infections aren’t always borne from external influences. These supplements really go a long way to keeping your dog’s eyes healthy.

Avoid dusty and unhealthy environments when walking your dog. They are shorter, hence, their eyes aren’t that far from the ground.

Take note of your pooch’s allergies, and try not to find out by experimenting with him. Your vet would be able to help with that. Research has shown that some of the eye problems most dogs face today originate from their reaction to allergies.

These might sound like a lot, considering the fact that you worry less about yourself, but taking heed is totally worth it.

First Aid Medication for Dog Eye Care

Like I said earlier, your dog’s eyes are one of the most important and fragile parts of their body, so proper care should be administered. However, apart from the tips advised above, there are other ways you could take care of your dog’s eyes.

Purchase a first Aid kit!!!

Self-medication is completely unsafe, especially when you're not qualified to do so. This truth doesn’t mean you can't have a first aid kit for your dog, in the case of emergencies.

If you won't purchase a first aid kit, you can procure the first aid tools and meds in your own capacity. Some of the important dog eye care product every dog owner should have included;

Eye-wash:

The dog eye-wash contains a solution of mild cleansers that wash away dirt and debris on the inside of a dog’s eyes. They provide gentle soothing while they clean the eyes and its surroundings.

Eyewashes are recommended by vets for the treatment of common diseases like conjunctivitis where crusts and debris in your dog’s eyes are collected along the eyelids or in the corner of the eyes. You can remove these crusts using a sterile cloth or a cotton swab to wipe them away.

However, make sure that you procure the simplest eye wash solution available to avoid unintended effects like irritation or even allergies. The major ingredients include Propylene glycol, Sodium chloride, water, etc.

Medications are more effective when you clean the crusts from your dog’s eyes before application. For maximum effect, apply twice daily for about two weeks , and then consistently at your pace, till it's resolved.

Eye pads:

No matter how careful we are, we can't always be credible with sterilized clothes or clean cotton swabs for or dogs. Eye pads are pre-moistened pads used with eye washes to remove dirt from the eyes as explained earlier in this post. They are more convenient to use and very handy, especially when you have to travel with your dog.

They have just the right texture to effect enough care and pose far less damage to your dog’s eyes.

Eye lubricating Solutions:

They are commonly known as eye drops and are not the same as an eye wash. They serve medicinal purposes including lubrication, bringing immediate relief with every blink

These Ophthalmic ointments provide comfort against Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) which is the most common eye disorder resulting from a decline in the quality or quantity of tears a dog produces.

They don’t necessarily need to be prescribed as they have been recommended for all dog owners to have in case of minor dog eye emergencies.

However, if condition persists, contact your vet.

Tear Stain Remover:

Unlike lubricating solutions, these products also come in powder forms which are served as toppings with you dog food. They have proven to be more effective as they eliminate the tear stains from the inside out. Tear stain removers are mostly formulated with natural products and sometimes made with chicken liver to add to its edibility.

They are bioavailable to both shedding and nonshedding breeds and can be added to special treats including yogurt or even your dog’s drinking water.

In some cases, they as served through a syringe after mixing with water. This option is available for skilled medical professionals, and not just anyone who can get his hands on medical equipment, so don’t get ahead of yourself. If the powder doses aren’t working, see your vet!

They are not complex remedies and save you a lot of time as compared to lubricants or eye drops, where you’d have to open your dog’ss eyes wide for few seconds before application.

Conclusion:

When it comes to pet care, the first step should be to see a professional. However, after due process, make sure you stick to the prescriptions. Don’t get tempted to overdose if a medication isn’t working. The Vet’s way is the best way!-

About the Author Paul

Hey, I’m Paul and I LOVE Pet. Coming from a vet background,I have decided to start an Authority site to teach you all you need to know about pets.

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