Almost every living creature is dependent on their eyesight for survival. Dogs and cats see limited color spectrum but have a higher level of night vision compared to humans because of the different light receptors in their eyes.
And while their sense of sight may not be as sharp as their other senses, their eyes remain as one of the most important parts of their bodies.
A visually impaired dog or cat would be more dependent on humans for their basic needs, that’s why it’s important to keep their eyes properly cared for.
Caring for Your Dog’s Eyes
- Do an eye care routine. Check for foreign particles that may have gotten stuck while you were walking your dog. Check for unusual redness, cloudiness, and eye discharge. If you see anything suspicious, schedule a vet visit.
- Check the inside of your dog’s eyelids. Gently pull their eyelids down and check the color of the flesh inside. Red may indicate inflammation, while white could be because of anemia. Any other color aside from pink is not normal and needs to be checked by a vet.
- As much fun it is for your dog, don’t let him stick his head out of the car window. There are so many flying particles while riding on a speeding car. Most of these objects are small enough to penetrate your dog’s eyes and cause retinal damage.
- Flat-faced and short-snouted dogs have bulging eyes. These breeds are more prone to eye injury because a large part of their eyes is exposed. Make sure to take extra care of their eyes.
- Clean your dog’s eyes by soaking a cotton ball in clean water. Gently wipe your dog’s eye outwards, avoiding the cornea.
- Make sure that your dog’s fur is regularly trimmed, as long fur could stick inside your dog’s eyes and cause irritation.
Caring for Your Cat’s Eyes
- Regularly inspect your cat’s eyes for any foreign particles. Check for anything unusual such as redness, discharge, and cloudiness.
- Check the inside of your cat’s eyelids as well. You should be seeing a pinkish color, not red or white.
- If your cat is a long-haired breed, make sure that her fur is not long enough to get inside her eyes. Have your cat’s fur regularly trimmed to prevent this from happening.
- Clean your cat’s eyes using a cotton ball soaked in commercial cat eye cleaner. You may also use clean water or a saline solution.
- Using a clean cloth, pat the area around your cat’s eye to keep them dry.
Eye care in animals is often overlooked. We often assume that their eyes are okay if there are no obvious signs of irritation.
We should always practice inspecting their eyes at least once a week as a precaution. After all, prevention is always better than cure.