Cleaning your Dog's Eyes: Tips and Tricks

Dog hygiene

Your furry friend is adorable and cute. However, lately, you may have noticed signs such as excessively dry or watery eyes, an increase in eye discharge and maybe they are rubbing or pawing at their eyes. Our pets are prone to infections, allergies and irritations, and that is why it is important to take care of the dog's hygiene. Cleaning your dog’s eyes should be a routine. Below, we explain how you can clean your dog’s eyes and what you should use for the best results.

Using a Damp Washcloth

You can use a damp washcloth to wipe the area around your dog’s eyes, especially if the inside part of the dog’s eyes are clear. The washcloth should be dipped in warm water. Ensure that you wring out the water so that you do not drip water on your dog. Remember to wipe around each eye using a different part of the rag so that you do not transfer bacteria from an eye to another. You should do this every once in a while and make it part of the dog's hygiene routine.

Using Wet Wipes

There are wet wipes that have specifically designed for use on dogs. If you do not have access to this type of wipes, you can use unscented baby wipes. Wipe your dog’s eyes as you would do using a damp cloth for best results.

Tearless Shampoo

Sometimes, the gunk under your dog’s eyes may be too much. In this case, you can use tearless shampoo to help massage the gunk out. Ensure that you do not get shampoo into your dog’s eyes. Once the gunk is loose, use a flea comb or your fingernails to get rid of the gunk. Flush your dog’s eyes with saline after rinsing. The best way to take care of the dog’s hygiene is to ensure that you clean his/her eyes regularly, as described above. If you notice that your dog still has problems with his/her eyes, contact your vet.