How to Treat Your Dog's Eye Scratches: 9 Steps

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How to Treat Your Dog's Eye Scratches: 9 Steps
How to Treat Your Dog's Eye Scratches: 9 Steps

A scratch on the eye can be very uncomfortable and irritating for a dog. Unlike cases in humans, eye problems in dogs are not denounced because of difficulties in seeing, but because the dog demonstrates to be feeling pain or irritation in the area. Because of these symptoms, he rubs his eyes trying to scratch until it stops hurting, which can make the situation worse. If you suspect your dog has suffered a scratch to the eye, examine the trauma and seek treatment as soon as possible. This way, you will prevent the animal from hurting itself further.


Part 1 of 2: Treating eye scratches

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Step 1. Assess the severity of the scratches

If the wound is superficial and doesn't bother the dog as much, wait a few days to see if his body heals itself before making an appointment with the veterinarian. However, if the injury is severe or shows signs of infection, seek care immediately.

If you are unsure of this, just in case, take him to the vet. He will be able to assess the animal's eye health and decide if there is a need for treatment, or if the dog will heal on its own

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Step 2. Take your dog to the vet

If he has a lot of discomfort in the eye or gets worse after a day or two, the appointment should be made immediately before the condition gets worse.

  • The professional will be able to get a better look through special instruments.
  • If left untreated, scratches can develop serious infections and possibly affect the animal's long-term vision. An example of a complication is corneal ulcers. Furthermore, the wound can progress and reach the innermost parts of the eye and, if left untreated, even impair the animal's vision.
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Step 3. Drop drops or apply ointment

In milder cases, the veterinarian usually prescribes medicine in drops or ointment to be applied on the spot. Such medications help with healing and prevent infections. Usually, the professional will apply the first dose, leaving you to apply the following ones.

The frequency and cycle of application will depend on the severity of the injury and the type of medication prescribed. Follow the veterinarian's instructions and feel free to call and ask any questions about the application of the medications

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Step 4. More invasive treatments are a possibility

If the damage is severe, the veterinarian may suggest corrective surgery. In the case of more severe corneal ulcers, for example, he may recommend a corneal transplant or graft to save the dog's eyesight.

As in any surgery, the dog is at risk when being anesthetized. The veterinarian needs to assess the animal's general health before undergoing such a procedure. The assessment includes physical examinations, blood tests and a search for risk factors and health problems

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Step 5. Keep an eye on the wound

Once the dog starts being treated, keep an eye out and see if his eye is healing rather than getting worse. Signs of healing are less redness, less pus, and less display of comfort from the animal.

  • If the dog keeps fiddling with the wound, an Elizabethan collar will need to be put on.
  • If you see that the situation, instead of getting better, is getting worse, contact your veterinarian. Explain what is going on and ask whether or not to take the animal to the office.

Part 2 of 2: Identifying eye injuries

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Step 1. Notice if the dog is blinking a lot or keeping his eyes half open

When suffering a minor eye injury, he will repeatedly blink or squint in an attempt to reduce discomfort. If you see him doing this, he might have a scratchy eye.

Repeatedly blinking or squinting your eyes may signal a different problem. It may be that the dog simply has some easily removable foreign body in the eye

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Step 2. Watch for signs of irritation and pain

If he doesn't stop rubbing his eyes on his paws and the floor, he may have a wound there. This is an indication that he is experiencing discomfort in the area.

  • Rubbing your eyes over your paws or the ground is a bad sign, but it doesn't indicate exactly what's wrong. The reason for the discomfort could be a scratch, bump, or some other illness, such as glaucoma.
  • Make the dog stop rubbing his eyes. If you have an Elizabethan collar, put it on the dog, as this behavior can cause damage. If not, cover the injured eye(s) with a bandage and make sure the dog doesn't rub the area until you can take him to the vet.
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Step 3. Examine the animal's eyes

See if he shows signs of discomfort. Hold it and open your eyelids to get a good look at the surface of the eye, noting for deep scratches, redness, or pus. Then take him to the vet.

  • Do this in a well-lit place.
  • You will certainly need a helper to hold the dog while you look at the dog's eyes, especially when pulling the eyelids and looking at the surface very closely.
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Step 4. Try washing the dog's eye

When you notice a foreign body in his eye, wash his eyes with a solution for it.

  • Hold the dog and wash his eyes several times. Someone's help may be needed.
  • It is very risky to use tweezers in the dog's eye. He might move and end up more hurt.

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