My Boston Terrier occasionally suffers from irritable eyes, I have taken this up with my vet on 3 occasions and after examination he has confirmed no infection. The dog is out in the garden quite a lot and we do have a lot of different plants. I have checked for potential poisenous plants for dogs and can't see anything glaringly obvious. Someone suggested wiping his eyes with a diluted solution of eyebright tincture, has any member here used eyebright or can they recommend any other natural product.
I would just stick with a warm wet wash cloth, and it's free!
It is pretty common during the warmer months for dogs to be bothered by many of the allergens that cause humans problems. Right now, all of my furkids have gunky eyes. I just keep them clean after I am sure that there is no infection or foreign object. That's about all you can do!
I have a problem with administering drops in his eyes, I had some recently from the vet and its just impossible, he goes absolutely mad and he's too big and strong now to hold him down, it took a good 30 minutes to put the drops in the last lot he had to have and its just too distressing both for him and me, thats why the idea of using a solution as an eye wipe seemed a good option. I did discuss with the vet how mad he gets (he even bit me the last time) and he said I need to learn control over the dog and show him I am the boss, this is not a problem, Max is very obedient and I have never had a problem previously with him acting up, but getting the eye drops out (he just has to see the box in my hand) and its like waving a red flag at a bull...
Now both my dogs get eye drops and both are frenchies, so haveing a short face can make it more challengeing as well. try a gel ointment. If your going to try to put drops in his eyes, get him up off the floor onto a washer or dryer. Take the bottle and touch his face with it and fuss over him, do this a few times and monitor how quickly he relaxes over a few days.Your simply trying to get him to associate the bottle and attention. Its easier to show you then to explain it. Do you have someone to help you? For some of the more challengeing animals at work (I work in an animal hospital) I would apply the get to a closed eye, and work it in.That is for the most challenging animals.
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janeryan, my Bostons occasionally get irritated eyes, I think it comes with the breed.I can relate to the eyedop battle too. I generally just take a warm wet facecloth, and wipe the gunk away. If the eyes are red, however, as was mentioned by the previous poster,there is an ointment that is much quicker to administrate, however, I have also had my dogs go straight outside, and roll their face in the grass, and get even more muck in their eye. I learned my lesson on that one. If your dog is extra ballistic about having that ointment put in,go to a vet tech, and just ask them to help you. I know what Bostons are like, they are far from stupid, and they're really hard to fake out, once they know what you're up to. If it's just seasonal, I would be tempted to just clean around the eyes, and see if an antihistamine will take the redness away. Sometimes a dose of benadryl will help, if it's a reaction to pollen. Perhaps you could mention that to your lovely vet, and see what he says.
Thanks Sue, I will certainly try that, not sure about getting him on top of the washing machine though, he's quite heavy and strong, he just has to see the bottle in my hand and off he runs. Your right Pen2, the fact is there's no pulling the wool over his eyes, just taking him to the vet is difficult enough, as soon as he sees the entrance to go in he's already pulling on his lead to avoid going in and when we go in to the vet's office he runs under the table immediately with a look on his face to say "what are you going to do to me today". If the eyes don't look too bad I just use a flannel soaked in warm water, but occasionally the vet has suggested eyedrops because of a slight infection. I just thought using something like Eyebright would help deter the symptoms in the first place. I'll certainly ask about the benadryl. And yes I had the same problem the first couple of times with him running off and rubbing his face in the carpet, even with the Advocate (or Frontline) he has the same immediate reaction.