How to Clean a Dog's Runny Eyes

By Mary Lougee


A dogs eyes can be runny for any of a number of reasons. He may suffer from an allergy or he may have an eye infection. He could have a hair touching his eye or a painful scratched cornea, or he could be a puppy with distemper. The area around a healthy dog's eyeballs should be white, and the eyes should be clear and bright. If your pet has inflamed, runny eyes, his veterinarian needs to determine the cause and a course of action. Cleaning a dog's runny eyes should be done gently and with care not to add to the irritation.

Step 1

Pour warm water into a bowl. Gather the bowl of warm water and some sterile cotton balls. Take your dog to a well-lit area.

Step 2

Turn your dog's face so he is looking straight at your face. Hold his snout or chin gently with one hand to keep him still.

Step 3

Dip a sterile cotton ball into the warm water. Place the damp cotton ball on the inside of one eye near the tear duct just under the lower eyelid. Wipe gently outward to the outer edge of the lower eyelid. Do not let any cotton fibers touch your dog’s eye as you wipe underneath the eyelid.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 to clean the other eye, using a new sterile cotton ball.

Step 5

Give your dog a treat after cleaning his eyes so he knows that cooperating and keeping still is good behavior.
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