Our pets can have infections and eye injuries just like we do, maybe more often than we, because of their curiosity get into trouble from time to time. Some breeds are predisposed to have problems with the eyes because of their anatomy. It is very important that each eye irritation be checked by a veterinarian, because the situation with the eye may worsen quickly. If required by local ophthalmic treatment (cure for the eyes), it is important to follow the instructions for use apply the medicine properly, and that control over the required intervals.
When you have a helper to hold the animal for treatment of the eye is always easier, but it is possible to put a drop or a cream alone, if you can’t find an extra pair of hands. The eyes are sensitive, so in case of injury or infection, the pet can be light sensitive and feel pain. The good news is that after several treatments, the eyes should be less sensitive.
How to start with putting eye medicine to your pet
Always begin to resemble the animal is facing away from you. Eye contact shows dominance, and some dogs will be shy if you just try to look at them in the face (same is for cats). With one hand, lift the head of your pet. If he does’t like it, leave the head horizontal muzzle parallel to the floor. Until the nose was lowered to the floor, you’ll be able to administer the drug. Keep a bottle of eye drops or cream in the other hand between the thumb and forefinger. With the palm facing away from you, using the back edge of the hand, pull, open around gently tightening the skin above the eyebrows back to you. Do’t touch around the applicator. Squeeze the drops or cream as directed on the eyeball. You can remove the excess fat from the edge of the eyelid, if it’s necessary. Gently close the lids of the eye in which you put the medicine.
It is important to repeat the application of ophthalmic drugs as your veterinarian said. In case of corneal ulceration (damage that covers a large area of the eye), a veterinarian may prescribe a topical treatment for every two hours during the first 24 hours. Corneal ulcer can rapidly progress to blindness if not treated aggressively. These patients are emergencies in ophthalmology. If you do not think you are capable of it, ask your veterinarian for pet hospitalization while the frequency of application of the drug is reduced. Schedule daily duties sometimes prevents us from home conducting the treatment of our pets appropriately.
Your veterinarian may ask you to bring your pet to the control do that. If the pet do not respond to treatment will become more painful and the treatment will be more difficult and probably more expensive, if the situation worsens in ophthalmic emergency.