Identifying and treating a dog eye infection can be critical in ensuring that your dog’s eyes remain healthy for years to come.
There are many different types of dog eye infection and they can be caused by a variety of occurrences. Often what happens is that a foreign object can become lodged in your dog’s eyelid or can enter in the eye area.
One common dog eye infection is conjunctivitis, which is caused by bacteria and is basically like pinkeye in humans. It can be caused by many different scenarios, including lyme disease, a foreign object, the inflammation of the tear ducts or discharge that normally leaves the eye area, but has collected in the eye area.
What you will need to do is to use a clean cloth or a cotton ball that has been dampened and then gently clean the eye area thoroughly to remove any pus or discharge from the eye.
Any pet store will have a solution that you can apply into the eye to clear up the infection. The most important part of the treatment is to be vigilant and repeat the cleansing and application of ointment two to three times per day.
If your dog has long hair, you may need to trim the hair that is around the eyes, because this hair can get caught in the eye which is an irritant and can lead to infection.
If your dog’s eyes are itchy, swollen, red, or are discharging material that is yellow or green, this is usually a good indication of infection.
Some really effective home remedies include rinsing the eye area with Chamomile tea (brew it and then cool it before applying). You may also try using the actual tea bag from the tea as a swab to dab the eyes.
It helps to remove and prevent infection and to clear up the existing infection.
Of course, if the eye infection does not clear up or show signs of improvement within a few days, you should take your dog to the vet for a check up to eliminate any other causes of the infection such as damage to the eye or allergies.