First Aid for Canine Eye Injuries

If your dog’s eye looks abnormal, action is required.

Eye injuries in dogs require immediate attention. Waiting can jeopardize your dog's eyesight. Below are a few situations you may encounter involving your dog's eyes and what you can do to render first aid until you can get to a veterinarian.

Signs of Eye Problems in Dogs

The following signs all indicate that your dog has a problem with his eye(s) that needs attention:

First Aid for Debris in a Dog's Eye

If you see foreign debris in your dog's eye, you will need to try and flush it out if your dog is cooperative.

If your dog appears to be threatening to bite by putting his ears back, snarling, pulling his lips back, or snapping, do not proceed. Take your dog to the nearest veterinary clinic. Sedation may be required.

First Aid for a Cut on Your Dog's Eyelid

If your dog's eyelid has been lacerated, you can gently cleanse it before heading to the veterinarian if your dog is cooperative.

Never place any medication into or around your dog's eye without speaking to a veterinarian. Some medications can be harmful during certain eye conditions.

First Aid for Canine Eyeball Laceration

If your dog's eyeball has been cut or there is an object protruding from it:

You can learn more about eye conditions here: "Common Eye Conditions in Dogs."

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