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Artificial tears are generally safe, but side effects like discharge or itchiness are still a possibility.
Be sure to monitor your pet’s eyes for these signs of an allergic reaction:
- Difficulty breathing
If your dog or cat experiences any of these symptoms after taking a medication or treatment, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Now that you know more about artificial tears, including how to administer them, and when to contact your vet, here are some tips on how to maintain good eye health for your fur babies:
- Perform weekly eye checks: Get used to looking at your pet’s eyes very closely so you know what’s normal. Make sure the whites of their eyes are not red or bloodshot. Be sure to check for discharge and cloudiness too.
- Keep their eyes clear of mucus: When they wake up in the morning, pets can often have “sleep” in their eyes just like we do. To remove the mucus, you can use an eyewash or artificial tears to flush their eyes, then use a soft cloth to wipe up the excess liquid. If there is excess crusting in the fur near the inside corner of your pet’s eye, you can also try wetting the crusts with an artificial tear solution and using a fine-toothed comb (like a flea comb) to gently pull the crusting away from the skin. This keeps the area cleansed and decreases the likelihood of uncomfortable skin inflammation.
- Keep fur trimmed away from the eyes: When fur around the eyes is trimmed, it’s much easier to get a good look at your pet’s eyes. Longer hair will accumulate more irritants than shorter hair. Also, long hair can irritate your pet’s eyes by touching them or rubbing against them. You can use an at-home tool like The FURminator or take your pet to a professional groomer. Please do not try to use sharp scissors around your pet’s eyes. Pets can move suddenly and quickly, commonly resulting in lacerations on the face or serious lesions to the eye itself.
Helping your pet maintain healthy eyes is a snap now that you know what to do. Remember to connect with a licensed veterinarian before administering any treatments, even if you’re buying something over the counter.
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