Eye problems in dogs can cause your pet considerable pain and misery. Read on to understand what can go wrong, symptoms to look for and how regular checks will help you to keep your Cocker Spaniel's eyes clean and healthy.
There are a few things you can do to help keep your Cocker Spaniel's eyes (and sight) safe and sound and checking them often is one of them.
Now this might seem pretty obvious, but it's often overlooked.
It doesn't need to take long; just have a good look at his eyes every day to make sure all is well.
If you're not sure what you're looking for, I've listed the symptoms of dog eye problems further down the page.
Keeping your pet's eyes clean will help to avoid bacteria or infection.
When you check your pet's eyes, as part of his grooming routine, be sure to remove any sleep or anything caught in his lashes and take the time to clean the fur around his eyes.
While you're at it, give the entire eye area a quick inspection for potential problems.
I usually clean Max's eyes after a walk because he's less likely to wriggle when he's tired!
Do this at least once a week, and you'll be well on your way to helping your Cocker's eyes stay clean and healthy!
There are many other things you can do to help keep your pet's eyes healthy, and they're pretty much common sense, but I'll mention them anyway.
Eye problems in dogs can range from very mild irritations to severe conditions that need immediate professional medical treatment. If you're in any doubt about the condition of your pet's eyes, please consult your vet immediately.
Infection, allergies, and disease in the eye are easily spotted. Early signs are as follows:
Like our own, our dog's eyesight is very precious. It's essential to be observant and recognise the signs of eye problems in our dogs at an early stage, before they have a chance to become a real problem.
I can't emphasise this enough, if you notice any of the above signs in your pet, take him to see his vet without delay.
The sooner your vet takes a look at your dog, the better. Please don't wait a couple of days to 'see if it clears up' and don't
try to diagnose the symptoms yourself; leave that to the professionals.
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