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Eye Problems

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP and prevent your dog from irritating their eye

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning.
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If the dog’s eye begins to bulge out or they can no longer see, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Put a cone and/or socks on your dog to prevent them from scratching and further damaging their eye.
  • If your dog’s eye is bulging out, hold a clean damp dressing (ex. a clean towel) over the eye.


Why it’s high priority

Problems with the eye are complex and require prompt veterinary attention

  • Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Eye problems are complex, and almost always require veterinary attention. Some of the conditions we are worried about include glaucoma, trauma, and infection.


Home care tips

Guide your dog if they have impaired vision and remove potential obstacles from their environment

  • If your dog has full or partial vision loss, you can use their leash to guide them within the home. Remove obstacles in their environment if possible.
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm – if vision is impaired they may bump into things and further damage their eye.
  • If you have medication prescribed for a previous eye issue, contact your vet before using.


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