Have you ever woken up to find that your dog’s eyes are covered in nasty crud? If so, your first instinct may be to panic. But don’t worry—it’s not as gross as it sounds! While eye boogers might be off-putting for pet parents, they are usually a sign of good health in dogs. In this article we will cover how to spot signs of trouble and how to clean your dog’s eyes when necessary.
Pet owners should know how to clean their dog’s eyes.
The first step to cleaning your dog’s eyes is to get them used to the process. Start by gently wiping away any visible dirt or debris from around the eye, but avoid touching the actual eyeball itself. If there are no visible signs of irritation, you can move on to massaging a small amount of eye drops into each of your dog’s eyes to help relieve ocular irritation and lubricate mucous membranes in the eyes, which will help prevent further irritation and keep them healthy.
Signs You Need to Clean Your Dog’s Eyes
- You see signs of eye boogers or discharge. The most obvious sign that your dog needs to have their eyes cleaned is if they have any crusties, redness, swelling or irritation. If you notice these symptoms, be sure to take them to the vet ASAP as they may need antibiotics or eye drops.
- Your dog is rubbing their eyes frequently. If your pup seems like they are rubbing at their eyes more than usual then this could mean there’s something stuck in there that needs cleaning out!
How to Clean Your Dog’s Eyes
Cleaning your dog’s eye is not a task to be taken lightly. If your dog is not comfortable, it will resist and it will be harder to clean the eyes. To make sure that you can get the job done without too much trouble, follow these steps:
- Gently clean around the eye with a warm washcloth. This will help loosen any dirt or other debris in the area. Don’t use an abrasive scrubber on your dog’s sensitive skin; just use gentle strokes with a soft cloth or swab instead.
- Clean inside each eye using cotton swabs that have been dipped into warm water until they’re damp but not soaked through (if they’re too wet, they’ll fall apart). Use small circular motions when cleaning out any mucus or other gunk so that you don’t accidentally scratch your pup’s eyeball as well as gently wiping away all visible debris like dust bunnies lurking under their eyelids!
- Make sure that when you do reach up into those sensitive inner parts of your canine companion’s eyelids where there might be little bits of dirt hiding out – remember not go beyond what feels comfortable because dogs’ eyes are very sensitive areas after all!
What Causes Eye Boogers in Dogs?
If a dog has eye boogers, they can be caused by a number of different things. The most common cause is buildup from debris, discharge and other material in the eye itself. This buildup is typically caused by inflammation or infection, which may also cause conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Other causes include allergies to pollen or dust mites. Eye infections may result from these allergies and can lead to further irritation for your pet’s eyes. Injuries such as bumps on the head could also cause damage to your dog’s eyelids that results in swelling around their eyes.