In Your Dog’s Eyes – Dog Eye Care

Dog Eye Care

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, Beagle 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.
  2. There is also a vast difference between your dog’s eyelashes and the tufts of hair that can be found above the eyes. Although both can be trimmed, it is the actual lashes that would need more care as they serve an actual purpose.
  3. It is a good idea to have everything on hand before you start your dog eyelashes trim session. What you would usually need is a leash to keep your dog in place, a small eyelashes comb and a small blunt-end grooming scissors. If you do not have the latter, you can always settle for a small scissors. You just need to be careful so that you do not accidentally poke your pet in the eye. If your dog is not the fuzzy type, you can expect to have everything finished within an hour.

The Dog Eyelashes Trim Process

The Dog Eyelashes Trim Process
Some dogs can be quite unruly when they are having their eyelashes trimmed. If you have someone with you during the dog eyelashes trim, have him or her carefully hold down your pooch. However, if you are doing the trimming on your own and your dog is not very fuzzy, you can just make use of a leash to hold him in place while you do your trimming.

Start your dog eyelashes trim by separating first the hair using a small eyebrow comb. Make sure that you do this carefully so as not to pull the hairs from your dog’s skin. Keep in mind that, in most cases, when dogs feel pain, they start getting fuzzy. At its worst, your dog might even try to bite you to keep you from “hurting” him or her.
Using a small pair of scissors, proceed with your dog eyelashes trim starting at the outside corner of the eye and ending at the nose. Make sure that you cut the eyelashes at an angle to ensure that you do not poke your dog in the eye. You also have to make sure that you react quickly and stop what you are doing if your dog moves his or her head. Proceed only when your dog has started to calm down or is no longer doing a lot of head movements. Of course, you need to make sure that the length of the eyelashes on both eyes is even. Otherwise, continue trimming the eyelashes until both eyes have the same desired length. Once you are done with the dog eyelashes trim, comb again the hair to remove any loose lashes.
If the eyelashes on the inner corner of your dog’s eyes are very small, do not insist on trimming it anyways. Done incorrectly, the hairs on these parts of your dog’s eye can grow inward and may irritate your dog’s eyes even more.

A Few Things To Keep In Mind

In some cases, dog eyelashes trim is done because the dog might be suffering from some kind of medical condition. If this is the case, you would need to get in touch with your veterinarian before you attempt any dog eyelashes trim session. Some of these conditions include ectopic cilia, distichiasis, trichiasis, and entropion. Aside from a dog eyelashes trim, these conditions might also warrant surgery especially of the distichiasis condition is what is involved. Distichiasis is the presence of an extra eyelid. Althogh plucking might seem like the easy way out, they tend to grow back causing a cyclic pain for your pooch. Milder forms of these conditions, however, may only call for the use of lubricant in order to coat the hair and keep them from poking the dog’s eyes.
If you are quite picky about grooming your pet dog, you can always run to your favorite pet groomer and have them do the dog eyelashes trim for you. That way, you can be sure that your pet is not running the risk of getting blind. It is also a good idea to bring your pet pooch to the pet during hours when he or she is already tired. This would make it easier for the pet groomer to proceed with the dog eyelashes trimming session.
No need to fret if your dog’s eyelashes were cut too close to the eyes. A dog’s eyelashes tend to grow back in about three to four weeks, or basically a month’s time. By then, your pet would have already adjusted to having shorter eyelashes than usual. In the same line, no matter how tempting it is to put mascara on your dog’s eyelashes, do not do so. Eyelashes, by themselves, can already cause irritation to your dog’s eyes. Coupled with mascara, it could take the irritation to a graver level.

A Guide to Dog Eye Drops

A Guide to Dog Eye Drops
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.
Infections Eye infections can be caused by many different things like a virus, bacteria, irritants and even disease. Your dog may require eye drops to clean out the eyes and relieve irritation or inflammation.

  • Glaucoma

Just like humans, dogs can get glaucoma. It can be inherited or it can occur because of an eye disease like cancer. It can also occur because of inflammation or cataracts. If surgery is not something you want to get for your dog then eye drops will be recommended. Eye drops can help to produce more fluid drainage from the eye or decrease the amount of fluid production.

Various Types of Dog Eye Drops





Xalatan

Used to treat glaucoma and ocular hypertension. It opens the drainage passages in the eye to help lessen fluid build up.
Timolol

Used to treat glaucoma. It decreases the amount of aqueous humor, a fluid similar to plasma, and decreases pressure. It can cause side effects in some dogs like allergies, and should be avoided in dogs that have a respiratory issue or congestive heart failure.
Trusopt

This is another eye drop for glaucoma. This drug has been known to have some side effects like stinging in the eye and inflammation of the eyelids.
Saline Solution

This is used for less severe eye conditions like minor itchiness. It is also used for appearance reasons, such as preventing tear stains. This type of eye drop is made from salt and distilled water. To save on cost, you could make this eye drop at home.
Antihistamine

This is used to help relieve allergy symptoms in the eyes and will commonly be used in conjunction with a saline soultion. If the symptoms are severe then they both may be replaced by a steroid solution. Side effects can occur after a long period of use and can include vision problems, swelling, and increased tearing.

How to Apply Dog Eye Drops

Depending on how cooperative your dog is when it comes to sitting still, there are two basic ways that you can apply the eye drops.

  1. If your dog is relaxed and completely trusting of you then it is quite easy to give them eye drops! Take a cotton ball and wipe their outer eyes clean of any previous medication, mucous or old ointment. Tip your dogs head back, pull the eye lid back slightly, and squeeze a drop into their eye.
  2. If your dog is a little more squeamish then you may want to try a more secure way of giving the dog eye drops. First, get your dog in between your legs and get a secure hold on them. Next, tilt their head back towards you and pull their eye lid back, then squeeze a drop into their eye.

Note: If you rest your hand on top of your dogs head after tipping it back then you may be able to squeeze an eye drop into their eye without having to pull their eye lid back. This is because their eyes will be open as they cannot see the bottle and are not expecting anything to happen yet.

If your dog really difficult then you may need to get another person to help you give your dog eye drops; otherwise, you might end up with eye drops everywhere but in your dogs eyes!

Just as its good to wipe their eyes before administering the eye drops, it is also a good idea to take a cotton ball and wipe away any liquid or mucous that comes out after giving them their eye drops.
Dont be alarmed if you notice your dog licking their nose after you apply the eye drops, as this doesnt mean that you missed their eye and got their nose instead. Dogs have a tear duct that runs down into the nose, so this is why the licking is occuring.

Precautions When Giving Your Dog Eye Drops

Precautions When Giving Your Dog Eye Drops

  • Dogs get scared if you come at them right in their face, so its important to come in from behind or the side.
  • Do not touch your dogs eye with the eye drop dispenser as you could poke them in the eye or even add bacteria into the eye which can make their condition worse.
  • Always be aware of any side effects that can occur from the eye drops and watch for them after giving them the eye drop.
  • Your dog may be allergic to the eye drops you give them, so watch for signs of allergies such as extra mucous or red eyes.
  • Always be careful when combining any type of drug, including eye drops, with any other type of medication. There can be many side effects that can occur when combining two different medications.
  • Do not put anything in your dogs eye unless recommended by your veterinarian. You can risk causing temporary or permanent damage if you do so.

How Often Should You Give Your Dog Eye Drops?

The recommended amount will always be labeled on the bottle, but it can depend on whether your dog has had a surgery, what kind of eye drops they are getting, and how severe the issue is. Make sure you consult with your veterinarian before increasing or decreasing the amount given.
In the end, you may need to give your dog eye drops for many different situations. Its up to you to watch for signs of eye issues that may require eye drops and to always be alert for side effects that can occur.

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