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Administering Eye Drops To Your Dog

Saturday, October 10, 2020
posted by Jim Murphy

Eye infections are pretty common in dogs.  If your vet prescribes eye drops, it will be up to you to administer the drops to your dog.  Here are some steps to follow to keep both you and your dog safe.

  1. If it’s possible ask a family member to hold your dog while you give him the drops. Make sure that you wash your hands before beginning.
  2. If your dog is uncomfortable, position him with his face toward a wall or toward you to prevent distraction.  You can also hold him firmly between your knees but most important is to hold his head securely.  Put a muzzle on your dog if you can’t t get him to relax.
  3. Clean the eye area. Place one hand on the side of your dog’s jaw to support his head, and tilt his head upwards. Gently wipe away any discharge with a damp cotton wool ball or a tissue.
  4. Apply ointment by putting your had on top of the dogs head.  Use your hand to gently pull down the eyelid.  Be care not to touch the eyelid with the nozzle or tip,
  5. Allow your dog to close him eye, them gently massage the medicine in  his eye.
  6. To apply the eye drops, by holding the dogs eye open. Hold the bottle about 1 inch above the eye. Squeeze on drop out at a time.
  7. Allow your dog to close his eye after each drop.
  8. Try not to let your dog rub is eye with his paw.

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