How to Clean Cocker Spaniel Eyes

Eye discharge is more apparent on buff-colored cocker spaniels than on brown or black ones.
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The cocker spaniel's drooping lower eyelid gives your pooch his especially doleful expression. However, the loose skin is more susceptible to catching foreign particles, causing the secretion of white or clear discharge. Cleaning under your cocker's eyes every day will prevent the discharge from hardening on his fur.

Step 1

Wet a clean washcloth with warm tap water and squeeze out the excess moisture so the cloth doesn't drip water in your cocker spaniel's eyes. Always use a soft rag or terrycloth, never paper towels or napkins, which are painfully rough against his face and can accidentally scratch your cocker's eye. Have your cocker spaniel on a table or ledge where you can contain his movement while wiping his eyes clean.

Step 2

Wipe the discharge under each eye using the corner of the warm washcloth. Even if the discharge isn't completely crusty, if it has begun to harden, gently press the warm washcloth over the affected area for 10 seconds before wiping your dog's face. This will soften the discharge and make it easier to remove. After 10 seconds, wipe the discharge away with a clean corner of the washcloth. Toss the washcloth in the laundry when finished.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the opposite eye with a separate clean washcloth. Even if your cocker spaniel is in good health, using a separate washcloth for each eye prevents the spread of harmful bacteria from the infected eye to the healthy one.

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