10 Tips to take care of dog eyes

Maintain a hygiene routine for your dog. Taking care of his eyes is important. To make your dog feel comfortable at all times, ensure that your dog eyes are clean and clear at all times. Here are a few tips to look after your dog's eyes and ensure his well being.

1. Examine carefully

Take your dog to a brighter area or room and scan his eyes. Check whether your dog's eyes are totally clear and bright white or not. The pupils in his eyes should be of same size and the area around the eyeballs should be white. The corner of his eyes should be crust-free and clean. There should not be any tearing and accumulation of discharged material.

2. Scrutinize lower eyelid

Use your thumb to slide down the lower eyelid of your dog for determining the color of the lining. The lining's color must be pink and not white or red. This indicates accurate health of your dog's eyes.

3. Determining factors

Few crucial factors mentioned below imply if anything is wrong with any or both of your dog's eyes:

  • a. Tearing
  • b. Fur with tear blemish
  • c. Red or white eye linings
  • d. Different pupil sizes
  • e. Gunk or discharge at the corner of eyes
  • f. Cloudiness
  • g. Changed eye colour
  • h. Closed eye/eyes

4. A gentle wipe down the corner of the eyes

Use a slightly-wet cotton ball to wipe out gunk or tears from the corner of your dog's eyes. Be careful while doing it or else you may erroneously scratch the cornea of his eyeballs. Keep a constant watch on your dog's eyes, if you find that your dog sheds tears continually. Consult your veterinarian as it is a sign of eye infection.

5. Trim hairs around the dog's eyes

If your dog belongs to a long-hair breed, you need to handle him with extra care as long hairs can poke and scratch in their sensitive eyes. Try to keep their vision clear by trimming down the excessive hair, which appears in front of their eyes. Use scissors to chop those long hairs that otherwise might disturb your dog's vision.

6. Shield your dog's eyes

Soaps and other medications can trigger irritation in your dog's eyes. Shield your dog's eyes properly before applying ointments or taking him for a bath.

7. Out on a careful open-air ride

Dogs love to be out in the open air and free environment, but be cautious as dust and insects may inflict your dog's eyes and cause big-time injuries. Additionally, strong wind blows can make your doggie's eyes dry, resulting in any kind of infection and irritation. So, next time you take your pet for an open-air visit, keep your car's windows half-open in order to avoid unwanted dust from entering your dog's eyes.

8. Pre-hand research

Do a pre-hand research and try to find out whether your dog breed is susceptible to any kind of eye conditions, like glaucoma or progressive retinal atrophy. This will help you in taking significant measures and precautions against any inherent problems.

9. Keep an eye

Notice your doggie's regular day-to-day habits and body language. If you find him rubbing and pawing his eyes, this is an alarming signal of probable problems.

10. Information on eye disorders

Unclean eyes can make the dog more vulnerable to catching infections and other eye diseases. Here are some of the most common eye diseases:

a. Conjunctivitis

Any of the two eyes or both eyes may swell and look red. Discharge is also possible under this disease.

b. Dry eye

Producing less tears triggers corneal inflammation, squinting and discharge.

c. Cherry eye

Swollen tear gland gives birth to cherry shape mass over dog's eyes.

d. Epiphora

Stains caused by overflow of tears on dog's fur is epiphora.

e. Glaucoma

In this condition, the cornea tends to become cloudy and the eye swells because of excessive pressure in the eyeball.

f. Cataract

Obscurity on the eyelens may trigger weak eyesight, which could viciously give rise to blindness.

g. Entropion

Tearing and discharge because of rolling in of the eyelids.