With close attention to details and some good coaching and assistance, you and your dog can both be winners, too. Here are suggestions that will help.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Essentials of Maintenance Grooming - Part 2: Eyes

Looking After Sight: Caring for Your Dog's Eyes

Your dog's eyes are among its most valuable assets and should be cared for accordingly.

Eyes should be cleared of crusts daily to keep them from building up into a hard concretion which can scratch the eyeball or be painful to remove. Use your fingers or a cotton ball soaked in warm water to pull or wipe away the crusts.

Be alert to changes in the type or quantity of “goop” you find in and draining from the eyes. Opaque discharges, especially yellow or green, are often indicative of an infection and should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian as should unusual blinking, squinting or tearing.

Do not take chances with your dog’s eyes, they are easily damaged and often slow and difficult to heal. Frequently, injury to eyes can only be detected with specific tools which only your veterinarian has.

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