Dog eye drops vary in content, administration and indication. The most common types of dog eye drop preparation include saline, steroid and antihistamine. These eye drops are often indicated for excessive eye discharge, redness and swelling brought about by eye infections.
Dog Eye Drops:
- Canine eye drops are often prescribed for eye infections such as blepharitis, conjunctivitis and Dacryocistitis.
- Aside from treating primary and secondary eye infections, dog eye drops also serve as a drying agent in cases when there’s excessive eye discharge.
- Antibiotics are often incorporated in eye drops that are suited for eye infections. Infections that involve the inner parts may be treated with additional oral drugs and sometimes, a minor surgery.
- In administering dog eye drops, the best approach is to place the dog on the table. The best position to administer the eye drop is opposite the affected eye. The right arm can be place over the dog’s shoulders while the left hand pushes the muzzle to the table.
- For a timely recovery, health supplements and other supportive remedies can be provided in conjunction with eye drop administration.
- Dog eye drops are available without prescription. However, it is still best to ask a professional regarding the best eye drop appropriate for a dog’s eye condition.
Dog Eye Drops for Allergies:
- Allergic reaction is one of the main reasons in dog eye infections.
- A dog develops allergies due to pollen, dust, food and other environmental factors.
- A saline dog eye solution often works for eye infections due to an allergic reaction. Saline solutions can be made at home but a visit to the vet may be needed if the dog does not show any improvement at all.
Dog Eye Drops for Conjunctivitis:
- Conjunctivitis is the inflammation of the conjunctiva in dogs. It is found underneath the eyelids, attached to the eyeball.
- Conjunctivitis often results from viral infections, grass or pollen allergies and bacterial or fungal complications.
- Conjunctivitis in dogs is often referred to as pink eye.
- An antibiotic eye drop may be prescribed for canines with conjunctivitis. It is often administered 3 to 5 times a day.
Dog Eye Drops for Glaucoma:
- Glaucoma in canines happens when the eye’s globe enlarges or sinks causing a third eye lid to appear.
- The use of eye drops is one of the non-surgical ways in treating glaucoma in dogs. Eye drops aid in decreasing the fluid production in the area thus decreasing pressure.
How to Give a Cat Eye Drops
Cat eye drops for conjunctivitis need to be given at a certain schedule. There may be some circumstances that make giving eye drops difficult (e.g. eyes swollen shut, temperamental cat), but it needs to be done.
The steps to giving cat eye drops are:
1. Restrain the Cat ??” Cats will not like to be restrained, but this is a necessary step in order to apply the drops properly.
- Place the cat on a table on your lap.
- Keep the cat steady by restraining it with your arm or by having another person hold it in place.
- Wrapping the cat in a towel is also a good option to help keep it restrained and also to keep it from scratching.
2. Clean the Affected Area ??” Cleaning the affected area is necessary in order to get rid any microbes that may have gotten into the secretions.
- Clean the area around the eye with soap and water or with a damp cloth or a moistened cotton ball.
- Be sure to remove any secretions or crusts that have formed. Tougher crusts may be moistened with water.
3. Apply the Eye Drops ??” Refer to your vet’s instructions as to how much or how often your cat needs to be given drops.
- Hold the eye open. This is important even in cats whose eyes are swollen shut. It is only through this that the medication can be applied properly.
- Uncap the bottle
- Hold the bottle above your cat’s eye with the top pointed down.
- Squeeze the bottle so that one drop falls on your cat’s eye.
- Allow the cat to close its eyes in order to spread the medicine.
- Repeat the processed depending on how many drops your cat has been prescribed by your vet.