Eye Spy: A Guide to Canine Eye Care

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Fix Those Eye Fuzzies

Breeds like Shih Tzus, Yorkies, or other long-haired breeds often have hair that can block their vision and irritate their eyes. If your pup is comfortable and patient with home grooming, you can use a pair of rounded, blunt tip scissors to carefully trim the hair around the eyes – or you can have a professional groomer do it as well. 

When bathing your marvelous mutt, keep soap and conditioner out of their eye area too – it’s painful and irritating.

Dog in a Car Window

Keep Paws, Ears and Eyes Inside

Your dog might love sticking their head out the window on those long car trips, but keep in mind that the speed of the vehicle, combined with debris like dirt, gravel or insects, could cause serious damage to your pup’s eyes, especially if they’re a breed that happens to have more prominent peepers in the first place.

Instead, keep your furry friend completely inside the car during travel, though you can still crack open those windows a bit for some fresh air.

Investigate the Gene Pool

Some breeds are already predisposed towards chronic or congenital eye problems, so it’s a good idea to fully research your potential pup’s breed before adoption. Glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy and dry eye are a few of the more serious and genetically-linked eye diseases.

Taking extra care with these pooches and scheduling regular veterinary checkups can help to prevent or pinpoint problems as early as possible.

Behavior Watch

Eye problems can be uncomfortable or even downright painful for your pup.

Behavior like blinking, avoiding touch around their head, pawing or rubbing at their eye area, and keeping eyes closed are all signs that your best furry friend may need some medical attention for their eyes.