Our eyes are our windows to the world, but for dogs, being able to clearly view the world around them has been about more than just an intake of information – our dog’s eyes are essential tools for survival and communication.
For this reason, it’s important for us to get up close and personal with our own furry friend’s eyes once in a while; regular home eye exams help you to notice problems like redness, discharge, and cloudiness, alerting you to a potential health issue.
Let’s look at some ways to keep your pup’s bright eyes healthy and his sight sharp.
At First Glance
At a time when your dog is calm and relaxed, bring your dog to a brightly lit area and look into his eyes. Both eyes should be clear, pupils should be the same size, and your dog should be able to keep both eyes open comfortably.
Excessive blinking, crustiness, discharge, or redness of the sclera (white of the eye) might indicate a problem.
Take a Closer Look
With clean hands, use your thumb or finger to gently roll down your pup’s lower eyelid and look at the conjunctiva (the inner lining of the eyelid). It should be a healthy pink, not red or white.
With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white, and eyelashes shouldn’t be rubbing against the surface of the eye.
Inspect for Issues
All pup-parents should be aware of the following signs that could mean their canine companion has a peeper problem:
Green or yellow discharge
Crusting around the eye
Excessive Tearing or tear-stained hair
Red, inflamed inner eyelid
Constant blinking or holding eye closed
Cloudiness or change in color
Visible third eyelid
Different pupil sizes
If your dog’s eyes need a cleaning, use a cotton ball moistened with warm water only. Using a fresh cotton ball for each eye, start at the corner of the eye and wipe outward to gently remove any crusting or discharge, being careful not to touch the surface of the eye.
IF discharge is a constant problem, it’s a good idea to bring your furry family member in for a veterinary check-up.