If you find your dog blinking, tearing, squinting or pawing at his eyes, you might soon be faced with the task of administering eye ointment. Although this seems unpleasant, it can be a quick, painless process, and in no time, you'll look into those loving, familiar, bright dog eyes again.
Find a quiet room that's free of distractions. Avoid loud noises from the television or radio that might startle your dog, and steer clear from windows through which your dog might see other animals.
Place a sturdy, waist-high table that's large enough for your dog to lie down on in the room. Use a table with an easy-to-clean surface or cover the table with an old cloth, because administering eye ointment can sometimes get messy.
Lay out all the items you need within hands reach so you never have to walk away and leave your pet companion alone.
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water to avoid the spread of bacteria.
Muzzle your dog if you suspect he might bite you.
Sit or lay your dog on the table so you have easy access to his head and eyes. Gently place one arm over his upper body so you can safely hold him in place and protect him from injuries. Pet him and say comforting words to help calm him down. Alternatively, have a helper keep your dog still and calm while you administer the eye ointment.
Moisten a cotton ball with saline solution or warm water and gently wipe it from the inner corner of your dog's eye toward the outer corner to remove any debris or discharge.
Hold the ophthalmic ointment in your dominant hand, place your wrist under your dog's chin and lift it up so his noise points straight up.
Place your nondominant hand on top of your dog's head and pull back his upper eyelid with your fingers.
Squeeze the tube and apply some of the ointment to your pet companion's eye according to dosage instructions. Avoid touching the surface of your dog's eye with the tube.
Release your dog's upper eyelid, gently push it down so his eye closes and make a circular motion with your finger above the eye to distribute the ointment over the eyeball.
Give your dog a treat and praise him for good behavior.
- Have your veterinarian demonstrate how to apply ophthalmic ointment. If you're uncomfortable administering the ointment, have your veterinarian do it.
- Stay calm when administering ophthalmic ointment. Otherwise your dog might sense your discomfort, which might make the process more difficult.
- Always read the prescription instruction before administering the ointment and stick to the dosage prescribed by your veterinarian.
Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.