Eye Drops for Dogs

You can treat canine eye infections with eye drops specifically prescribed for pets. The following DogAppy article will provide you with some information on treating various eye infections in dogs with particular types of drops.
DogAppy Staff
Bright and clear eyes is what every pet owner wishes for his dog. If they are not bright and clear, it means there are some health problems lurking around. As a responsible and loving master, you need to address any of your pet's illnesses immediately. In cases related to the eye, the eye drops seem to be the best treatment method.
Canine Eye Drops
As a doting owner, you need to recognize the signs that show your pet needs eye drops. A dog with red or inflamed eyes with debris stuck in the corner of the eye, indicate the need of eye drops. If the pet has cloudy eyes, and the brightness seems to have been converted into dullness, it proves something is seriously amiss.
Pink eye is another condition that requires treatment using the drops. Excessive tearing or tear stains around the eye also indicate an eye problem that your pet might be suffering from. Dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis is another condition that requires eye drops for its treatment. Glaucoma or cataracts also need administration of eye drops. Let us learn about some eye conditions in dogs, and the specific drops related to each condition.
For Conjunctivitis
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the tissue, lining the eyelids, and is attached to the eyeball near the cornea. The dog may develop conjunctivitis due to pollen or grass allergies, or due to bacterial, fungal, or viral infections. This condition is commonly referred to as dog pink eye. The vet may advise antibiotic eye drops for the treatment of this condition. These drops need to be administered several times a day for faster results.
For Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a condition in which, the globe of the eye gets enlarged or sunken that causes the third eyelid to become visible. The nonsurgical treatment for glaucoma is done usually by prescribing eye drops. The vet may prescribe eye drops, like, xalatan, timolol, or trusopt. These medications help to decrease the fluid production in the eye, or decrease pressure within the eye by draining of the fluid.
For Allergies
Eye infection is commonly caused in dogs due to allergies. A dog can develop eye allergies due to dust, pollen, grasses or due to environmental factors. An eye allergy can be treated using a saline solution as an eye drop. You can get a dog eye saline solution at the drug stores, and give the dog an eye wash with it. If there is no improvement in the infection, you need to visit the vet for further help.
For Cataracts
A cataract is a condition in which, the eye turns opaque, and cannot detect light. The lens turns cloudy, and may even lead to loss of vision. Surgery is the only solution for treating canine cataracts. However, the vet may prescribe pre and post operative drops. These are antibiotic drops that should be used 3 to 4 times a day, for a few weeks after the surgery.
These are some of the eye conditions commonly observed in dogs that require treatment using eye drops. It is not very easy to administer drops in your pet's eyes, and you may require a lot of patience and skills to do so. You should not use human eye drops for your pet, unless the vet himself has advised to do so.