Eye Care for Dogs
best friend could use a good eyeballing once in awhile-believe us, your dog
won’t take it personally! In fact, giving him regular home eye exams will help
keep you alert to any tearing, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health
problem. Check out the following ways to help keep your dog’s vision sharp-and
that twinkle in his eyes.
1. The Initial Gaze
Face your dog in a brightly lit area and look into his eyes.
They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be
white. His pupils should be equal in size and there shouldn’t be tearing,
discharge or any crust in the corners of his eyes.
2. A Closer Look
With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and
look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.
3. What to Watch Out For
The following are signs that something may be wrong with one or
both of your dog’s eyes:
- Discharge & crusty gunk
- Red or white eyelid linings
- Tear-stained fur
- Closed eye(s)
- Cloudiness or change in eye color
- Visible third eyelid
- Unequal pupil sizes
4. A Clean Sweep
A gentle wipe with a damp cotton ball will help to keep your
pooch’s eyes gunk-free. Wipe outward from the corner of the eye and be careful
not to touch his eyeball-you don’t want to scratch the cornea. If your dog constantly suffers from runny eyes
and discharge, please see your veterinarian. Your pet may have an
5. Control the Eye-Fro
Long-haired breeds can get eye damage if their locks aren’t
tamed. Using scissors with rounded tips, carefully trim the hair around your
dog’s eyes to keep his vision clear and prevent hairs from poking and
Soaps and topical medications can be major irritants. Make sure
to protect your dog’s eyes before bathing him or applying
ointments or flea-control formulas.
7. Driving Ms. Fluffy
Many a pooch loves the open road and the wind in her fur, but
if debris or an insect touches her eye, she may suffer pain and a long-lasting
injury. It’s much safer to
drive with the windows only partially down and doggie’s head inside the
vehicle. The wind can also dry out your dog’s eyes, possibly causing irritation
8. It’s in the Genes
Do a little research and find out if your dog’s breed is
predisposed toward eye conditions, such as glaucoma or progressive retinal atrophy. Of course,
your pet should have his eyes checked on annual vet visits, but knowing about
possible inherited problems will help you take important precautions.
9. Eye-Catching Behavior
Watch your pooch’s body language-pawing or rubbing his eye area
may alert you to possible problems.