There are two types of dog eye drops available: medicated dog eye drops and un-medicated eye drops.
Medicated dog eye drops are prescribed by your vet to deal with eye infections or other serious eye complications.
Un-medicated eye drops like our Pro Pooch Eye Drops For Dogs are designed to be used as an eye rinse to alleviate conjunctivitis caused by allergies and foreign bodies, stinging, squinting, itching, irritation and the removal of debris from the eye.
It's a good idea to keep a bottle of un-medicated eye drops around the house to safely flush your dogs eyes should the need arise.
To properly administer eye drops, follow these steps:
Wash your hands
Your hands are going to get extremely close to your dog's eyes during this process, and you don't want to risk adding bacteria or debris to their eyes. Use an antibacterial soap and wash your hands thoroughly, even cleaning under the nails.
Bring your dog to a well lit area
Many of the signs will be small and impossible to notice in poor light.
Look directly into their eyes
Your dog's pupils should be the same size and there should not be any cloudiness or discoloration. The third eyelid (a whitish membrane that makes it look like your dog's eye is rolling into the back of their head) should not be visible.
Check the lining of their eyes
Holding your dog's head still with one hand, use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to pull back their eyelids. The lining should be pink, not red or white. There also shouldn't be any cuts or debris within the eyelid lining.
Be sure to check both top and bottom eyelids for each eye.
Check their reflexes
You can use what is called a "menace test" to check if your dog's vision is impaired. Hold your open palm about 46CM away from their face, then move it quickly so it comes to about 8CM away from their face. If they don’t react at all or they react slowly, their vision may be impaired.
Ideally you should check your dog's eyes once every 4-6 months, or once every 2-3 months for older dogs. You should also check your dog's eyes right away if you notice any strange behavior or discharge.
How do you administer eye drops?
Hold your dog securely
If you're doing this alone, you definitely want to bring your dog to an area of the house where their hindquarters are backed up against either a wall or a piece of solid furniture. If you have someone helping out, they can hold your dog's hindquarters between their legs or even just stand behind the dog.
Gently clean around the eyes
The eyes should be clean before you apply any eye drops. Tilt their head to the side and use a damp cotton pad or cotton ball to wipe away any residue or discharge from the eyes and surrounding areas. Make sure you throw these cotton pads out immediately so bacteria doesn't end up back in the eyes.
Position your dog's head
Use your non-dominant hand to cradle your dog's head, keeping your grip firm but gentle. The bottle of eye drops should be in your other hand.
Apply the eye drops
Drop 5-6 drops into eye
The top of the bottle should never touch your dog's eye. You want to keep the bottle tip around 1-2CM away from the eyeball at all times.
Let your dog blink
Let your dog blink out the remaining liquid along with any debris which may be inside the eye lid.
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