How to Care for Your Pet’s Vision in 7 Easy Steps
Are you pet’s eyes healthy?
You don’t like eye boogers or bumping around the house without your glasses. Don’t you think your dog or cat feels the same way?
While you can’t order a pair of specs for your pooch, these seven steps will help you protect your pet’s vision, even if it’s already waning, and prevent future infection.
Add vision-boosting foods to her diet.
Broccoli, blueberries, carrots, salmon, eggs, and sweet potatoes all contain eye-worthy components. Broccoli is recognized as one of the best veggies for eye-health and has anti-cancer benefits, while sweet potatoes prevent macular degeneration.
So while you’re cooking, toss a few of these ingredients into your pet’s dish. Plus, they’re yummy!
Visit your primary vet for regular check ups.
If your pet is squinting, it could mean an irritant, such as grass, is in his eye. But it could also be the first symptom of ocular cancer.
Always consult your vet about any eye issues your pet is having, and take your pet in for annual or bi-annual check-ups.
Your vet will look for several signs of poor eye health, such as discharge, redness, tear-stained fur, cloudiness, change in eye color, and unequal pupil size.
Teach your pet to memorize the house through smell.
You can prepare your pet for vision loss by teaching her to associate safe spots and dangerous areas with aroma (Tip: even if you pet’s eyes have a clean bill of health, this is a fun nose-game your dog can learn).
Drop vanilla near her food and water bowls, on the inside and outside of doorways, and at the top and bottom of stairs. Use a bitter apple smell on stoves, fireplaces, and other areas you want your pet to avoid.
You can also place a different fragrant dispenser in each room so your pet can identify which room she’s in by the specific aroma.
Pad your furniture and create safe barriers.
Until your pet develops the knack for roaming your house without sight, you can prevent bumps, scrapes, and further injuries by padding sharp edges and blocking off stairs.
Keep laundry baskets, toys, and other obstacles off the floor, and avoid moving your furniture to new places. This will only confuse and disorientate your pet.
Buy squeaky toys to make playtime an audial experience.
Playtime can be difficult for pets that have experienced recent vision loss. She can’t find her toys, and may lose interest and confidence in participating in her old, favorite games.
Invest in squeaky toys for dogs who love to fetch. Movement and high-pitched sounds enrich and activate your pet’s play drive, even if they drive you bonkers.
Clean eye discharge daily.
My dog has a constant stream of eye goop. I use a warm, damp washcloth to gently wipe away any discharge or debris throughout the day.
You can also leave the washcloth on her eyes as a soothing compress for several minutes.
Protect your pet’s eyes when bathing.
Even if you’re using a safe, gentle shampoo, you should still avoid lathering and pouring water around his face.
Excess moisture in the ear canal can cause ear infections, and even a small amount of soap can bother the eye. Instead, use a damp washcloth to wash your pet’s head and face.
These are just a few, easy steps you can take to protect your pet’s vision. But sometimes, even the smallest adjustments can make big improvements to your pet’s health. Remember, because determining the cause of eye issues is difficult; always consult with your vet.