Animals can present with eye problems and diseases in exactly the same way as humans and it is important to pay proper attention to them. Some constantly red or watery eyes, some swollen eyelids (especially if it is the third eyelid, typical of cats) or some legañas that prevent your pet from opening his eyes require, without delay, a consultation with the veterinarian, because they could be a symptom of multiple pathologies, from conjunctivitis to severe and painful uveitis.
The essential eye hygiene
It is not necessary to be alarmed and it is convenient to remember that, at any given moment, your pet may have «moderate» flushes or a small discomfort in the eyes, which makes constantly bring your paw closer to your face Trying to find relief Generally, this is not of great importance.
Even so, if your dog or cat makes that easily recognizable gesture, a minimal revision is always advisable. A pebble, dirt that has gotten into your eyes while playing in the park, a blade of straw or a bad encounter with another animal may have caused an almost priceless injury at some point in the eye, which requires a simple cleaning that avoids complications in form of more or less serious infections.
Cleaning your pet’s eyes is very easy and it should not be limited to when you detect something abnormal. For example, when you notice an excess of legañas, it is convenient to remove them, especially in the case of puppies who still do not know how to «advise» properly. It costs nothing to remove those gnats and he will feel better. If you get your pet used to doing this eye cleaning relatively frequently, it will become a normal habit and will not be a problem for you any.
To carry it out successfully, some basic tips are:
- Look for a peaceful place where the animal feels comfortable and does not intuit that you are going to do something that it will not like.
- Observe your pet’s eyes and removes, whenever possible, any tiny particles that you think is causing those annoyances. In long-haired dog and cat breeds, it is common for the hair itself to be the cause, as it gets into the animal’s eyes.
- When cleaning your pet’s eyes, always wear gloves. If the legañas have an infectious origin, you could end up contracting the infection yourself by contact.
- The eyes of an animal must always be cleaned with sterile gauze, not with cotton, to avoid adhering fibers. Also, do not use tweezers or swabs if you are not absolutely clear about it because you could harm it.
- Clean eyes only with warm boiled water or saline solution. The infusion of chamomile, if there is inflammation, may also be advisable.
- Uses a gauze for each eye and always clean inside out, that is, from the lacrimal to the outer corner of the eye.