You’re not the only one getting itchy eyes during allergy season – dogs can experience eye irritation too, whether from pollen or even tear duct issues.
Some breeds or dogs are more prone to experiencing eye issues than others, but whether your dog’s issues are frequent or occasional, eye care should always be a part of your at-home care routine.
How to Identify Dog Eye Problems:
It’s important to keep an eye out for occasional or recurrent eye issues, as either can quickly develop into a more serious health concern.
Common Symptoms of Eye Issues Include:
If your dog is holding one eye partially or complete shut, or is pawing at his eye, he is experiencing pain and irritation.
2. Tear Stains
It’s common for light-colored dogs to develop brown tearstains in the lower corners of their eyes. Tearstains are most often caused by the anatomy of their eyes, which makes it difficult for tears to drain normally. Breeds like Chihuahuas and Pekingese with rounded eyes are particularly prone to this problem, as well as breeds with a lot of hair surrounding the eyes.
3. Eye Boogers
“Eye gunk” can form in the corner of a dog’s eye, making him prone to bacterial infections.
4. Difficulty Seeing
If you notice your dog is running into objects or is hesitant or fearful in the dark, he may be having an issue with his sight. Most dogs go blind gradually and learn to cope with their inability to see, but a more sudden loss of sight can create anxiety in your dog. If you suspect a problem with his vision, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
How to Clean Your Dog’s Eyes:
To clean your dog’s eyes, flush each eye several times with a properly formulated eye wash for dogs in order to clear out any irritants or debris. If the irritation continues, bring your dog to the veterinarian for an examination. Regularly flushing your dog’s eyes is a good practice to prevent irritation, keep eyes clean and reduce the risk of infection, especially if your dog is often in dirt, dust or water.
Watch the video below for a step-by-step tutorial from our veterinarian, Dr. Mindy Mayfield Davis, on how to safely clean your dog’s eyes.