If your dog has an eye complaint, you may be wondering what sort of eye drops they require?
The short answer is no, you shouldn't use human eye drops on your dog.
Well, there are several common conditions which can affect a dog's eyes, including allergies, eye infections, and conjunctivitis, and most of these conditions are treated with eye drops.
Each condition will require a different treatment, so in order to protect the health of your pup, you should invest in the correct product and avoid using something that happens to be lying around the house.
Are human eye drops safe?
There are two types of human eye drops:
- A simple eye solution for allergies and flushing the eye
- Medicated eye drops
Simple eye wash solutions are often saline solution (salt and water) packaged in a sterile medical facility making them safe to use on the delicate eye area.
If you have identified a product like this, it is unopened and the ingredients are clearly listed, first check with your vet that they consider the product safe for use before administering to your dog.
If there are no ingredients and the product has already been opened. Its sensible to do the cautious thing and discard the product.
If you have medicated human eye drops which have been prescribed by a doctor or pharmacist, these can be extremely dangerous to your dog.
Many substances that are safe for humans can make dogs very sick, even at minimal doses. Do not use these.
Is there a safer alternative?
Yes, using an eye cleaning solution specifically designed for dogs.
The eye area is extremely delicate and can easily be damaged. There are some issues which may need to be looked at by a vet.
- The lens behind the pupil is becoming a cloudy white
- Significant swelling
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery, thick or smelly discharge
- The eye is visibly injured
These symptoms could indicate infection and medicated solution may be prescribed.
However, if you feel that your dog is merely suffering from a mild irritation or allergy, you can flush they eyes with an ophthalmic eye wash which has been specifically formulated for dogs and manufactured in a sterile, licensed manufacturing facility.
Pro Pooch Eye Drops have been produced in a facility with a GMP Veterinary Medicines Manufacturing Licence to ensure they are sterile and safe for use around the eye area. You can find more information here.