Archive for the ‘Eye Infections In Dogs’ Category
Luckily my dogs have not had many eye infections that I can remember. The only time I recall was when my Pomeranian Precious developed one because of the extreme case of demodectic mange that she had. It seems dogs with severe mange loose their hair around their eyes. It guess the mites are drawn to that area. It’s common for secondary infections to occur with mange.
While there are many other causes of eye infections in dogs a common reason with dogs who do not shed is the hair is continually growing and when not kept trimmed can irritate the dog’s eye which can then lead to infection.
As a pet sitter I’ve cared for many of these breeds and know their hair grows out quickly. Living in Ohio with cold winter you don’t really want to cut their hair when it’s 15 degrees outside. The important thing is that you keep the hair around the eyes trimmed so it won’t irritate them otherwise it could be the cause of any eye infections they develop.
Recently I had the pleasure of pet sitting for a really cute dog. Her favorite game was for me to throw her toy and she would chase it. I was throwing her toy and she would run after it but end up looking around like she was having trouble seeing it.
Since she was a Schnitzu who was obviously overdue for a haircut, my first thought was help her see and proceeded to find my scissors to give her a little trim. It was then I noticed an extreme amount of grey discharge. I know that some breeds of dogs like Maltese, Pekingese, Pug and Schnitzu are all prone to eye infections because their hair sometimes acts like an irritant to the eyes.
I proceeded to trim he hair around her eyes with a small set of scissors…….no skill required unless you have a wiggly dog then its best to have someone help you. I then cleaned out her eyes with a warm wet cotton ball and her owners seemed pleased when they came to get her.
I mentioned they might want to check with their vet to see if she needs some medication for her eye discharge and they told me they had eye medication at home so it must have been a problem the dog had experienced before.
So if you notice a heavy discharge in your dog’s eyes it’s always best to see your veterinarian right away because if it is not treated promptly and correctly, a dog’s eye infection could cause permanent eye damage.
Isn’t she cute!