If your pet has any eye problems, it’s usually because of bacteria and irritation. While healthy eyes are moist and clear, infected eyes may have redness, swelling or mucus, and your pet may rub and scratch them often.
To prevent this and keep your pet’s eyes healthy, there are a few precautions you should take:
- Keep your pet’s eyes free of mucus, which can build up and cause infection. Use an eye wash to flush out bacteria, mucus and other foreign materials that may irritate their eyes.
- Long hair can scratch your pet’s cornea and cause irritation. Keep hair out of your pet’s eyes by regularly trimming the hair around the eyes with a blunt-nosed scissors.
- Use a protective ophthalmic ointment before giving your pet a bath or insecticide treatment. This will prevent shampoos or chemicals from entering their eyes and causing damage or irritation.
Some pets also have problems with tear stains. This happens when tears spill out and rest on the surrounding hair. The wet fur can be a breeding ground for bacteria, resulting in unsightly stains. Clean the affected areas regularly with a tear stain remover
to get rid of the stain and keep their fur clean.
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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