Dog Grooming – Cleaning Dogs’ Eyes

Dog Grooming: How to Keep Your Dog’s Eyes Clean.

dog grooming redondo beachDogs often need help keeping their eyes clean – yet dog’s eyes can be very delicate. Caring properly for your dog’s eyes not only keeps them comfortable, but prevents infections and eye injury later. Regularly grooming – and observing your pet’s eyes so you can catch any problem early – helps prevent eye problems.

Eye infections in dogs are usually caused by bacteria, which can be treated with antibiotic ointments or solutions. Conjunctivitis – which includes redness around the eye and a yellow or green discharge – is a common dog eye infection.

Other dog eye infections can be caused by trauma, foreign bodies in the eye, or eyelash problems. Eyelash problems are typically genetic conditions which cause the eyelashes to scrape against the cornea, causing ulceration and infection.

Here are some steps to follow to keep your dog’s eyes clean and prevent eye infections.

Reasons for Keeping Your Dog’s Eyes Clean

Keeping hair from scraping on your dog’s eyes will help prevent bacteria from getting into their eyes. Hair from around your pet’s eyes should be carefully trimmed using blunt-nosed scissors. This can be done at home or by our trained dog grooming staff.

Keeping the corners of your pet’s eyes mucus-free is also important to prevent infections. This is because bacteria often feeds on mucus and migrates into the eye. Only a sterile veterinary eyewash like should be used to wash a dog’s eyes. Our veterinarian’s and dog groomers can recommend the best products for washing your dog’s eyes.

Before bathing your pet (or when applying insecticides) it is also recommended to use protective ophthalmic ointment. This can prevent eye irritations that can lead to infection.

Keeping your pet from situations where he may get eye trauma is also important. Fighting with other animals, walking through tall brush or bushes, and even letting your dog hang her head out of the car windows can all unfortunately result in eye trauma.

Some dogs – including Poodles, Cockers, and Terriers – do not have the proper mechanism for draining the tears out of their tear duct. As a result, the excess tears spill down the lower eyelid. This not only causes staining – but also may become a breeding ground for bacteria. Once again, trimming the hair around the eye, and keeping the eye area clean using a tear stain remover can help significantly.

Dog Grooming Tips for Cleaning Dog’s Eyes

Obviously, an ideal time to wash your dog’s face and eyes is at bath time. However, most dog typically need a quick touch-up on their face and around their eyes in between baths.

  • Use a water-moistened wash cloth or sponge and very gently wipe area around the eye.
  • Never wipe the eye itself.
  • Never use paper towels on the eye area as they can scratch the dog’s eyes and/or shred and leave particles that can get into the eyes.
  • Never use soap or shampoo near your dog’s eyes because this may cause irritation or even damage to your dog’s eye.
  • Always approach the eye area slowly and gently – so you don’t startle your dog.

Of course, the services of our professional dog grooming staff can also help you keep your dog’s eyes clean, healthy and free from infection or unsightly stains.

Manhattan & Redondo Beach Dog Grooming

Whether your dog’s eyes are adorable, joyful, soulful, silly or noble, it is your responsibility to help them keep them clean and healthy. Our veterinarians and professional grooming staff are here to help you any time you may need it.

If you have questions about the right products or methods to keep your dog’s eyes clean and healthy, our caring veterinarians are happy to help. We can provide Fido with a gently optical check-up – or professionally groom his eye area and clean his eyes.

If you would like to schedule a check-up, bathing or grooming for your dog, CLICK HERE, or call our Manhattan Beach Veterinarians: 310-536-9654

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