Is It Safe To Put Eye Drops(Visine,etc.) In My Dogs Eyes? Her Eyes Have Been Caked And Full Of Puss Lately.

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It is highly unadvisable to administer any type of eye drops intended for human use into dogs' eyes.

Apart from the fact that they have not been formulated or tested for use on animals, they may also be totally unsuitable for treating the cause of the problem.

Using them could result in aggravating the problem, serious damage or even blindness of the dog. The best way to deal with this is to initially gently clean the dog's eyes using a soft cotton pad or sterile cloth soaked in a mild, tepid saline solution.

A close inspection should reveal if a possible injury is causing the problem, although this is fairly unlikely as both eyes are affected. In case there is an injury, it may have become infected and a vet should be consulted.

If nothing obvious can be detected, the cause may be some minor irritation, a cold or hay fever. Ideally, the dog should be kept indoors for a couple of days, combined with regular bathing of the eyes using a freshly prepared saline solution each time.

This should, in theory, bring about some improvement if the cause is indeed an irritation, hay fever or a touch of cold.

Should symptoms recur shortly after the dog has been allowed to go outdoors again, it is likely to be hay fever. A visit to the vets may be required to obtain suitable medication in order to prevent recurring problems.

In the event of symptoms not clearing up after a couple of days, or if the dog is showing signs of being in pain or discomfort, a vet should be consulted immediately.

A more serious condition or underlying illness may be the cause of the problem and, if left untreated, could lead to either blindness or even death of the animal.
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Also, Boric Acid solution can be used to treat eye conditions on our dogs. To clean out dust after they have rode in the car with the window down. Check with your vet first.
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How to Make a Boric Acid Solution
Medicinal-quality boric acid can be purchased at drugstores and discount stores like Walmart. To make a weak solution of boric acid for an eyewash, bring one quart of water to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of medicinal-quality boric acid and dissolve thoroughly. Let it cool to room temperature, then pour ΒΌ of the solution into a small, clean container for immediate use. Soak a clean cotton ball in the small amount of solution and carefully wipe the affected eye, making sure to thoroughly soak the eye tissues. Throw away the cotton ball and repeat using a new cotton ball. Repeat twice daily. The eye should improve in 2-3 days.



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Boric Acid Use on Pets
Boric acid is also safe to use on pets, and many veterinarians recommend a weak boric acid solution to treat conjunctivitis (red eye) in cats or eye irritation in dogs from hanging their heads out the window while riding in the car.



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There are no approved or licensed veterinary Ciprofloxacin products.  It is used off-label in dogs and cats.  This is not a commonly used product to treat conjunctivitis in dogs.  It only treats gram negative bacteria and is thus ineffective for all the gram positive bacteria.  There are more potential side effects listed for Ciprofloxacin then the other more commonly used ophthalmic medications.  There are other products that are more appropriate for this dog. 
This dog should be examined by a veterinarian to look for a corneal scratch, ulcer, or foreign body.  The skin around the eye should be examined for infection and mites (mites can cause periocular redness, hair loss, and irritation).  Your veterinarian can prescribe a more appropriate ophthalmic antibiotic if needed.  Also if the cornea is intact a topical ophthalmic steroid can be used--this will reduce much of the redness and make the dog feel a lot better.
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Many of the things that irritate a dog's eye need treatment and diagnosis by a veterinarian and can have some serious consequences for your pet if you choose not to. Cherry eye (swollen gland), entropian (rolled in eyelids), distichiasis (extra eyelashes inside the eye), infection, serious eye diseases (can often be indicated by discolored eyes or eye whites as well), ulcers or scratches (can result in severe infection if not treated soon enough and is usually fairly easy and inexpensive if caught in time and the eye having to be removed if it hasn't popped out or exploded already), chemical burns/sensitivity to shampoos, and blocked tear ducts are all common and can be very painful and affect your pets vision (blindness) and some other nasty stuff, so if your dog has an eye problem or so much as eyes that tear regularly they need to be seen to be sure. It can also indicate that your pet is not feeling well, has some other problem or disease, or is ill and needs treatment.
You can try a sterile saline eye wash FOR DOGS from your local vet or pet store and if it doesn't clear up by the next day you need to see your vet. Or if after a grooming (be sure to talk to them nicely about it) your groomer probably has the solution handy as hair can occasionally get in the eye during a grooming or visit to the groom shop. Same thing, next day if not better see the vet. It's better to be safe than sorry any time with our pets but if you notice anything wrong with your dogs eye(s) there is likely a problem that needs treatment.
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You should take your dog to a local veterinarian if you noticed that he is having a problem with his eyes just to be safe. The effects that eye drops may have on humans may be different than the effect it has on dogs. I THINK it would be okay, but I am not positively sure.
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jubjub Benjamin answered
Dogs have a different metabolism, so no, don't do it. Whats good for people may be harmful to your dog. Might be conjunctivitis, a type of eye infection, and the vet can give you some special eye ointment for this.
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You need to see your vet if you have noticed a problem with your dog's eye. It may need drops but not what we would use. Many of the things that irritate a dog's eye need treatment and diagnosis by a veterinarian and can have some serious consequences for your pet if you choose not to. Cherry eye (swollen gland), entropian (rolled in eyelids), distichiasis (extra eyelashes inside the eye), infection, serious eye diseases (can often be indicated by discolored eyes or eye whites as well), ulcers or scratches (can result in severe infection if not treated soon enough and is usually fairly easy and inexpensive if caught in time and the eye having to be removed if it hasn't popped out or exploded already if not), chemical burns/sensitivity to shampoos, and blocked tear ducts, and infection or genetic eye disease are all common and can be very painful and affect your pets vision (blindness) and some other nasty stuff, so if your dog has an eye problem or so much as eyes that tear regularly they need to be seen to be sure. It can also indicate that your pet is not feeling well, has some other problem or disease, or is ill and needs treatment.You can try a sterile saline eye wash FOR DOGS from your local vet or pet store and if it doesn't clear up by the next day you need to see your vet.
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Best to use the canine sterile eye rinse if you have to. If you haven't had your pup seen by a vet yet you should because many thing's that seem like nothing to us at first can cause them many problems as they progress (and more expensive for us to take care of once it get's to that point). And they can be very painful too. You don't want your pup to go blind or have thier eye pop out or explode or have to be removed over something that was simple in the beginning. Hope your pups okay.

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