The eyes of your dog are as valuable as any part of their body, so keeping it clean and healthy must be included in your priority list. It is normal for a pup to have a good amount of discharge in or around his eyes, but you have to make sure that this discharge is not caused by an infection. Most dogs may have excessive “gunk” in their eye, but sometimes this can be a sign of something serious.
Below are some of the signs that your pup has an infection in the eyes or other serious medical condition:
Should you notice any of those symptoms, or any bleeding in the eye, bring your dog to the veterinarian right away. Do not attempt cleaning the eyes of your pup until your vet gives you a proper treatment plan.
Cleaning tear stains on a dog with light fur
If you own a dog that has a white or very light blonde fur, they may be vulnerable to tear stains. This usually happens when a water build-up from the eyes leave a brown or red stain on the fur beneath them. This happens a lot on cocker spaniels, shih tzus and poodles. They experience this excessive watering of the eyes because their coarse hair irritates their eyes. It is essential that you remove this spots the soonest possible time because it may be a breeding ground for bacteria if it remains damp for a long time.
Before you start cleaning the eyes of your pup, make sure that you have washed your hands before and after you start the activity. Eyes are a source of contagious disease which you can catch. To remove tear stains under your dog’s eyes, you can try using a combination of equal parts peroxide and corn starch. Mix the two together to form a fine powder, then apply it to your dog’s fur. Be careful not to put it in your pet’s eyes, or else you will irritate it further. If you are not comfortable using peroxide to clean the stains on your dog’s face, you can also opt to use a mixture of cornstarch and boric acid powder, but you also need to be careful that the solution does not make contact with your pup’s eyes. Once you’ve done the solution, let it dry for a few hours, then rinse it thoroughly using lukewarm water.
When you have already removed the tear stains from the face of your dog, the next step would be prevention. A lot of products are available in pet stores which you can add to your dog’s food to prevent the formation of tear stains in the future. You can also consult your vet to ask about products specific to the needs of your pet.
If your dog only has muck in his eyes, you can easily clean them by wiping the edge of the eyes using a clean tissue or cloth. Keep in mind that you need to wipe around the eyes only, and not directly on the eye’s surface. Eye wipes made especially for dogs are also available.
In case you see a debris of dirt directly inside the eyes of your pup, you have to flush it out with an eyewash. Avoid using an eyewash that is made for humans, instead use an eyewash that is made for dogs only. There are eye solutions that are dog-friendly, such as EyeClens which is available in pet supply stores.
To use an eyewash for dogs, put the bottle near your pup’s eyes and squeeze the bottle gently. Make sure that the angle of the bottle is downward. This way, the gravity will assist you to flush out the debris from your pet’s eyes. Because this can be quite stressful for your dog, you may want to give him a treat afterwards.
In case your pet experiences tear stains, he needs an ongoing treatment. But if you just want to keep your dog’s eyes discharge-free, below are some tips of reducing the risk of eye irritation:
Regularly trim the fur of your pup to prevent it from getting into his eyes. If you are not sure how to trim the fur of your dog around the eyes, you can seek the help of a professional groomer.
Refrain from letting your dog hang his head out of the car window. While it looks a little cool, the wind may carry objects that may cause serious damage or infection to the eyes.
Keep your pup away every time you mow the lawn, dust, or do activities that may cause an excessive amount of particles or debris in the air.
Cleaning the eyes of your dog is simple, and there really isn’t any schedule of how often you should do it. Just keep an eye on the behavior of your pup and sit him down for an eye cleaning session on an as-needed basis. Your pup’s eyes are highly sensitive and should be looked after. Always remember to be careful when handling your their eyes, as these are a very delicate and tender part of your pet’s body.