APPLICATION OF EYE MEDICATION
Your veterinary surgeon will have discussed the frequency and application of
the eye medication prescribed but it may be useful to have these notes as an
Applying the medication
It is always useful to have someone to hold the dog for you if at all possible.
Hold the head firmly but gently and tilt the nose upwards.
Remove any dried discharge from the corners of the eye with a piece of cotton
wool moistened with clean water.
If eye ointment has been supplied in a tube, do not point the nozzle directly
at the eye. Gently part the lids between your finger and thumb and holding the
tube with the nozzle parallel to the eye and approximately half a centimeter
from the eye, gently squeeze a small amount of ointment across the already held
open eye. Your dog will immediately close his eye. Gently stroke your fingers
across the closed lids to disperse the ointment which will rapidly liquefy when
in contact with the warm tears.
Applying eye drops
If a liquid has been prescribed the technique is, if anything, a little easier.
The lids are parted as before and the nozzle is held vertically, approximately
half a centimeter above the eye and one drop gently ejected on to the eyeball.
Following this the procedure is exactly the same.
Sometimes although only one eye is affected your veterinary surgeon will have
advised you to apply the drops to both eyes. Please remember to apply the preparation
to the unaffected eye first. It is also important to avoid touching the eye
with any part of the nozzle of the eye preparation in order to reduce contamination
as much as possible.
If you find it difficult to apply the medication, sometimes a simple muzzle
takes the dog's mind off what is happening and will be of great assistance.
If you contact your veterinary surgery they can supply a suitable muzzle or
alternatively one can be improvised from a piece of bandage or an old tie. Your
veterinary surgery will gladly assist with a demonstration of how to apply this.
If you happen to own one of the flat faced, brachycephalic breeds, Boxer, Pug,
Peke etc. muzzling is more difficult but techniques using a towel or in some
cases a special muzzle can be effective.
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