Dogs’ eyes have a third eyelid at the inner corner of the eye. Sometimes a foreign object may become lodged underneath this lid causing irritation and possibly infection. A vet cannot remove the debris without using an anaesthetic, so usually the “wait-and-see” approach is taken and the object comes out on its own. Don’t allow your dog to ride in the car with her head out the window because that is one way that dogs get grit, insects, seeds, etc., in their eyes.
If you notice a problem, a trip to the vet is the safest measure. For routine irritations, you might notice a discharge and use an infusion of fennel (a tea made with purified water and fennel seed) to clean and sooth the eye area. Some Dobermans develop hayfever in the summertime and can benefit from an eye wash. Avoid using any eye drops that aren’t safe to drink, however, because liquid flows from a dog’s eye to its throat. Human preparations from the drugstore aren’t intended to be swallowed.
It’s not a good idea to allow puppies and adult dogs to play together unsupervised. Adult dogs will place their jaws over a puppy’s nose in order to establish dominance, and sometimes a tooth accidentally damages the pup’s eye.
|Older dogs may develop cataracts, especially if they’ve spent a lot of time in the sun during their lives. There are mesh masks made for horses that protect the eyes from sun damage, but an indoor dog probably doesn’t need this precaution. If you notice that your older dog is becoming clumsy, stumbling more in the dark, or misjudging distances, you might also notice a greenish tinge to the eye that wasn’t present when the dog was younger. Consult your veterinarian--cataract removal is now available for dogs.|
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