What's the most important thing when it comes to taking care of my dog's eyes?

One of the most important things when it comes to taking care of your dog's eyes is to look daily for any changes and to keep the area clean that's right in front of the eyes.

Dr. Meagan Darby
Hebron Animal Hospital

Should I bring my dog in to see a veterinarian if I suspect a vision problem?

Yes, definitely. If you're starting to suspect any vision problems, you should consult a veterinarian. Some vision problems that we see in dogs can actually be prevented, slowed, or even reversed if caught early.

What are some signs and symptoms that we might see in Reba if she had an eye issue?

If Reba had a vision issue, you might notice her bumping into walls or furniture, especially if the furniture has been moved or she is in an unfamiliar place. Dogs are very good at compensating when they have vision problems, but they may run into things in new environments.

Why is it important to avoid self-diagnosing my dog's eye issues?

Self-diagnosis of an eye issue can be risky. While you might be correct, if you're wrong, there can be serious risks, especially if you're using leftover medications to treat. Some medications can make the condition much worse.

Why is early detection and diagnosis of problems with the dog's eyes so important?

Early detection is critical as the eye tends to scar. Scarring lays down pigment that can cause permanent vision changes for your pet.

Are certain dog breeds more prone to eye issues?

Yes, many breeds are prone to eye issues. The most common are the brachiocephalics like Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Mastiffs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers. Their eyes are more exposed and therefore more prone to issues.

How are cataracts diagnosed and treated in dogs?

If you suspect cataracts, your veterinarian will examine your pet's eyes with a special light to ensure it can reach the back of the eye. If diagnosed, a specialist may be able to remove part of the cataract.

What is the best way to give Reba eye medication?

The best way to give a pet eye medication is through training and positive reinforcement. Each pet will respond differently, but remember, if the Cincinnati Zoo can give eye drops to a cougar every day, you can do it too.

What can I do if my dog has a cherry eye?

If your dog has a cherry eye, it's essential to consult a veterinarian. They will diagnose the cause and determine if it requires surgical repair or can be managed medically.

Will a dog eye infection eventually resolve itself?

Very rarely. Most of the time, dogs with eye infections itch and paw at their faces, which disrupts the healing. Treatment usually involves preventing the dog from reversing their body's healing process.

Can I give my dog human eye drops?

We do not recommend giving your pet human eye drops unless prescribed and filled by your veterinarian.

What are some causes of dog blindness?

Dog blindness can be caused by a hard-to-see-through cornea due to scarring or other changes, cataract formation in the lens, issues in the back of the eye where the body processes information, and in the brain.

What should I do if I notice my dog is losing their sight?

If your dog is losing their sight, schedule a checkup with your veterinarian.

Can regular cleaning of my dog's eyes prevent eye issues?

Yes, especially for dogs with very short faces. Regular cleaning can prevent many long-term issues and help your dog get used to being handled around their face.

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