GROOMING AROUND YOUR DOG’S EYES

Grooming around your dog’s eyes is important.  The small fluffy dogs will need trimming around the eye area to keep the fur from rubbing against the  eye itself.  Some dogs have weeping eyes and discharge into the inside corner of the eye which leaves a reddish coloured stain on the fur.  ‘Cherry eye’ and ‘dry eye’ are a couple of eye problems which can be quite commonly seen in dogs and we will provide information on that.


Trimming The Fur Around The Eyes

 

Trimming around the eyes on a small fluffy dog makes sense for the simple fact that the dog can then see.  If you allow the fur to grow and don’t trim it back the dog’s eyes will be covered from the hair above the eyes hanging down and also from the thickness of the fur on the nose which grows up and also blocks vision.  If the dog’s fur rubs against the eye itself it can create irritation and extra tears to be produced.  These tears then build up and cause a red stain running down from the eye.

Use a pair of straight edged scissors to trim the fur back from across the top of the eyes so that it is short enough not to cover the eyes.  Also, use the scissors to cut away the fur sitting on the top of the nose.


Overactive Tear Ducts

Eye Problems In Dogs

There are a number of eye problems that dogs can suffer from which are not related to grooming.  We will deal with these eye health problems separately.

Some dogs have overactive tear ducts and will accumulate a discharge from the eyes.  This occurs more so on small, fluffy designer dogs than the larger breeds. The build up of discharge will form a hard lump in the eye corner if not cleaned away regularly.

There is a minor build up of discharge in the right corner of this dog’s eye.

It is important to keep the eyes clean and if your dog does have a build up around the corner of the eye then wipe it away daily with a warm damp cloth. If the eyes are not wiped this discharge will harden and build up.

On small dogs with fluffy faces this build up can accumulate and cause major irritation to the dog’s skin and possibly the eye itself will be affected.  If left to build up the eye will then require veterinary attention.

Tear Stains


When dogs have excess tear flow it which reacts with normal bacteria on the dog’s skin and leaves a reddish, brown mark down the fur from the underneath of the eye corner.  The stains are more visible on a dog with lighter coloured coat.  This staining does not usually pose any serious health risk to the dog but can look quite unsightly.  It can also be indication that there is a very mild yeast or bacterial infection.These stains can be removed with special tear stain removers.  The best one I am aware of is a product called i-Clenz.  This not only helps with removing tear stains but also can help soothe eyes in dogs and cats.


Eye Problems In Dogs

There are a number of eye problems that dogs can suffer from which are not related to grooming.  We will deal with these eye health problems separately.

 

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