The trickle of mucus that starts at your Pomeranian's tear duct and runs under his lower eyelid comes from the breed's protruding eye sockets. Over time, this mucus hardens, trapping bacteria and debris. Fortunately, cleaning your fluffy friend's eyes every day only takes some clean flannel and a few minutes.
Position your Pomeranian on the counter or in your lap with his head facing yours. Place one hand around the side of his head for optimal control. You don't want your Pomeranian flailing and thrashing when you're holding a a foreign object near his eyes, even a piece of flannel.
Moisten the scrap of clean flannel cloth under warm water. Squeeze out any excess water so it won't trickle into your Pomeranian's eyes. For dried or crusty mucus, hold the warm, wet cloth under his eye for a five seconds before proceeding. Softening the hardened mucus makes it less painful and easier to remove.
Wipe the area beneath your Pomeranian's eye using a clean corner of the flannel cloth. Wipe the fur firmly so the pad of your finger, not your nail, presses into his skin. Avoid rubbing vigorously, or you could irritate your pup's sensitive eye area.
Repeat steps one through three on the opposite eye socket with a clean flannel cloth. When finished, wash the flannel cloths in the laundry and reward your pup's patience with a treat.
- Clean your Pomeranian's eyes every day to prevent dark tear stains.
- If your pup already has tear stains, speak with your groomer about the most effective cleaning products and methods.
- Never reuse the same flannel cloth for both eyes, or for multiple cleaning sessions. This could spread bacteria and potentially infect your pup's eyes.
- Never use anything rough or coarse, such as a loofa, to clean the delicate skin under your dog's eyes. Such stiff bristly materials can accidentally scratch your dog's cornea.
Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.