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My dog won t let me put eye drops in

My dog won t let me put eye drops in


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My dog won t let me put eye drops in her eyes unless I get a prescription for dilating drops that have a certain concentration of a certain kind of salt. (She has the kind of blood vessels that dilate easily). I can get dilating drops with a dilute concentration of a salt that her eye can tolerate. This works to keep her from getting a really bad eye infection. What I do is mix a few drops of a 1:5 dilution of normal saline with my dilating drops. This keeps her from having problems from the dilating drops.

I also know that I can put drops of regular saline in her eye if her eyes are not open and the drops get into her eyes when I am at my daughters house. I have talked to both my vet and my eye specialist about this and they do not have any problems with this. This allows her to rest and relax without worrying that she will hurt herself when her eyes are shut. She just lets me help her out a little bit.

I know it sounds very odd to put saline in her eyes that can cause them to dry out but that is the only thing that has ever worked for her.

Hi,

You are the first I have heard of putting saline in your pets eyes without dilating. A quick question. Your eyes are already dilated at the time you are giving the eye drops to your dog. Do you just wait until her eyes are dilated before putting the saline?

Hi,

You are the first I have heard of putting saline in your pets eyes without dilating. A quick question. Your eyes are already dilated at the time you are giving the eye drops to your dog. Do you just wait until her eyes are dilated before putting the saline?

That's what works best for me. Her eyes usually stay dilated for at least a few hours so I can put the drops in during that time. When she's sleeping, the saline works great.

Dilating your eyes is what causes them to go dry and tear up. The saline is for re-hydration and should not dry out the eyes. If the eyes dry out, it will be more uncomfortable and can cause a condition called conjunctivitis. As soon as she has had the drops in awhile and her eyes are not dry, I'd give her an antibiotic like a Baytril or Bactrim. That will be more effective against the infection than giving an anti-inflammatory. Good luck!

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