Learn How to Prevent a
Dog Eye Infection

A dog eye infection is usually caused by bacteria and can be treated with antibiotic ointment or solutions.

The most common infection of the eye is also the easiest to detect: conjunctivitis also called dog pink eye and sometimes red eyes.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis include redness around the eye and a yellow or greenish discharge. If you see these signs, have your dog examined by a veterinarian.

Since dog eye infections are accompanied by a dog eye discharge, you’ll need to wash it off. Start by holding a warm, damp washcloth over the eye to loosen the crust.

Once it has softened, you can wipe it away fairly easily. You may have to repeat the soaking several times to clean the area around the dogs eyes thoroughly.

You can flush the eyes with sterile saline contact lens solution. To do this hold your pets eye open with your thumb and forefinger and gently squirt the solution to bathe the surface of the eye.

This will wash away debris and also ease the pain. You can even buy a saline solution made for pets, such as Opticlear Eye Wash, and keep it you it in your dog first aid kit.

Preventing a dog eye infection can be as easy as keeping your pet's eyes clean.


Here are some steps to follow to prevent a Dog Eye Infection from happening.

  • 1. Trim hair from around your pet's eyes using blunt-nosed scissors. Keeping hair from scraping on the eye will help prevent bacteria from getting into the eye.
  • 2. By making sure the corners of your pet's eyes are mucus-free, you may be able to prevent infections. Bacteria often feed on mucus and can migrate into the eye. Using sterile veterinary eyewash is a convenient way to do this.
  • 3. Make sure to use protective ophthalmic ointment before you apply insecticides or before bathing your pet. This can prevent eye irritations that can lead to infection.
  • 4. Keep your pet from situations where he may get eye trauma. Fights with other animals, exposure to irritating substances, or letting your pet hang his head out of the car windows are three preventable situations when your pet could receive eye trauma.
  • 5. Tear stains and dog eye stains are also an area that may become a hotbed for bacteria. Some dogs, such as Poodles, Cockers, and small terriers, may not have the proper mechanism for draining the tears out of the lacrimal gland (tear duct). The excess tears spill down the lower eyelid causing unsightly staining. Although these go by the cute name of 'angels tears', the condition is not cute at all. Trimming hair around the eye, keeping the eye clean, and using a tear stain remover such as Show Eyes Solution, 4 oz. or Pads can all help.

A dog eye infection can be painful, and pets will struggle when you try to clean and treat them. This is a problem because holding them still, especially by the neck, increases pressure within the eye itself.

Co-operative husbandry techniques will help your dog to be still while you examine and treat her.

In an eye that’s infected, the additional pressure could damage its internal structures. Before treating the eye, you’ll want to recruit someone to keep your pet still.

When you keep your dog's eyes clean it will prevent further problems.

Also you should read Most Common Dog Eye Problems can be taken care of by knowing your dog and being prepared.

Check this out if you need more dog eye health information and you should also read dog optic nerve hypoplasia.


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