How can I treat my dogs eye infection without going to the vet?
Home remedies such as non-medicated sterile saline rinses can flush the eye but are only a short-term solution if your dog already has an infection. Saline rinses are a good idea if you’re seeing just a little clear discharge and a little redness.
Using Visine on a dog with vision problems is not recommended. The primary active ingredient in visine is called Tetrahydrozoline. Tetrahydrozoline is responsible for constricting blood vessels in the eye to alleviate irritation. Visine has not been extensively tested on animals and there are unknown dangers. Irritation may result from using Visine on a dog, and if swallowed, heart and neurologic effects may be seen. Visine is not safe to use on dogs. Never apply any medication to your dog without explicit veterinary instructions. Your veterinarian can prescribe the correct medication for your pet.
Some general symptoms to watch out for are eye discoloration, discharge, infection, injury, or abnormal behavior. Based on your dog’s symptoms, your vet may recommend an eye drop. Your vet will provide instructions on how to administer the eye drops. Make sure to monitor your dog for any changes in their eyes or behavior. Immediately call your vet or Pet Poison Helpline at (855) 764-7661 if you have any questions or concerns. Your vet can recommend a pet-friendly eye drop for your dog to find relief without receiving harsh consequences.
When our eyes get itchy, red, or irritated we reach for the Visine. That means it is okay for dogs to use it too, right? NO! It is not FDA-approved for dogs, and it might cause catastrophic damage to your dog’s eyes. If your dog is experiencing irritated or itchy eyes, consult your vet and they can recommend a pet friendly eye drop. Learn more below about why Visine is not safe for pups.
Can I put human eye drops in my dog’s eyes?
Can You Use Human Eye Drops on Dogs? Certain types of human eye drops, such as artificial tear drops, may be safe to use on dogs, but always consult with your vet first. … Ordinary Eye Wash (Sterile Buffered Saline) is proper to use in a dog’s eye to clean the eye but it will not be helpful for an inflamed, sore eye.
Visine is Not FDA Approved for Use in Dogs
The FDA has not approved the use of Visine for treating dogs. Before you try to treat your dog with Visine or any other OTC eye drop, you should take them to see the vet for a proper diagnosis.