Eye Drops For Dogs

Eye drops for dogs; are they really any different than human eye drops?

It's widely known that you should never give your dog human medications, because it can be really dangerous. A lot of the chemicals and binders that are used in pills meant for humans are not approved for use with dogs and can be toxic, even in small doses.

Even though physiologically dogs are very close to humans, there are certain things that their bodies aren't able to process, even though they may be perfectly safe for humans to use. Toxic foods such as Chocolate is a good example of this.

That being said, eye drops for dogs are nearly identical to those used for humans. Most eye drops are simply a saline solution, which is a small amount of salt dissolved in water. This is a great reproduction of human tears, and dog tears are composed of nearly the same elements. When you're considering using eye drops to treat an eye infection though, always get an opinion from your vet.

Visit your veterinarian so that the vet can look at him and see what he recommends. Your dog might require special prescription eye drops, but most of the time he may even recommend normal human eye drops anyway. Because of this, a lot of people keep a small bottle of generic “artificial tears” eye drops in their dog first aid kit.

What you really want to be careful with is medicated eye drops. As the name suggests, these types of eye drops have added chemicals or drugs to do things like reduce swelling or provide a small amount of anesthesia.

One of the most common reasons you may need eye drops for dogs is a condition known as an eye infection in dogs.

This can be caused by scratches that become infected or foreign objects that get lodged underneath your dog's eyelids. This eye infection in your dog can cause painful swelling and inflammation, as well as redness and itchiness.

If you don't want to use commercial eye drops for a problem like this, you can make your own saline solution at home.

The recipe involves mixing 1/4 of a teaspoon of sea salt into one cup of pure distilled water.

Make sure you use sea salt for this; not table salt. Table salt often has extra ingredients, such as iodine or fluoride, which could potentially do more harm to your dog's eyes than good.

Take the mixture and soak a soft cloth in it, then dab the cloth around your dog's eyes. This makes an excellent form of artificial tears that doesn't cost very much, so it's a great solution to have around.

Dogs are prone to a lot of different types of dog eye problems, so read up on the different symptoms and causes so that you can try to nip them in the bud. Eye infections aren't usually deadly, although they can have long term effects if they aren't treated immediately.

As with all uncomfortable treatments, even though they are in your dogs best interest, he might fight you in getting eye drops put in.  This is where co-operative husbandry comes in.

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