Allergies in Dogs Eyes How to Treat (safely)
Dogs can have allergies that affect their eyes just like humans can.
But also just like humans, dogs can suffer from eye conditions that may not be allergy-related at all. If you had problems with your own eyes then you may not treat the problem lightly.
Eyes are very delicate and not only can they become infected, but they can also reveal other illnesses that may be lurking in the background.
It is important to speak to your vet if your dog has any eye problems. Most often the cause will indeed be an allergy or a mild irritation. But never take chances where eyes are concerned.
In this post, we’ll look at treating allergies in dog’s eyes and also examine other possible causes of eye irritations other than allergies.
Let’s take a look at the whole story.
How to Safely Treat Allergies in Dog’s Eyes
Itchy, red and watery eyes suggest that your dog has an allergy that is affecting his eyes.
Associated symptoms can also include a runny nose and sneezing. If you think about the symptoms of hay fever in humans, then you can associate these same symptoms to dogs with an eye allergy issue.
If other symptoms are present, or your dog clearly has something out of the ordinary in his eye(s) then seek advice from your vet.
A dog whose eyes look watery can be treated at home using warm chamomile tea.
Make some chamomile tea and leave it to cool naturally until ‘just’ mildly warm. Don’t worry if the chamomile tea turns a slight green color as that is normal.
Soak cotton wool pads in the warm tea and then very gently dab the soaked cotton wool around your dog’s eyes.
Soak cotton wool pads in the warm tea and then very gently dab the soaked cotton wool around your dog’s eyes.Chamomile Tea is Safe And Soothing
Just like with humans, allergies are never really cured, they are treated. So whenever your dog shows signs of watery, or red and watery eyes then repeat the chamomile tea treatment.
Another very effective solution is to tackle the problem head-on by using an air purifier. See my Recommended Products page for the best ones to purchase.
Most allergies in a dog’s eyes are caused by environmental allergies. In summer these will include pollen, and at other times of the year, the cause can be house dust and dust mites in your home.
The correct type of air purifier extracts the allergens from the air that cause your dog’s eye irritations. The same device will also help humans suffering from the same symptoms.
The main medication to help dog’s with eye allergies are antihistamines. Benadryl brand antihistamines can be purchased for your dog but always consult with your vet first to make sure that the dosage is correct for your breed of dog.
Apart from Allergies in Dog’s Eyes, What Else Could The Problem Be?
While eye allergies in dogs are fairly common, it doesn’t necessarily follow that your dog’s eye symptoms are definitely allergy-related.
Some eye conditions in dogs are relatively easy to remedy, while others are more serious.
Other eye conditions that could all appear to be an eye allergy at first:
- A Scratched Cornea
- Inward-Growing Eyelashes (Entropion)
- An Object Physically Lodged in The Eye
Conjunctivitis is The Most Common Eye Problem In Dogs
You may have heard of the terms, pink eye or red eye, in dogs. These are alternate names for conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis is an itchy condition that affects the outer coating of the eye and also the lining of the eyelids. This area is called the conjunctiva.
There are many causes for conjunctivitis but allergies and bacterial infection are at the top of the list.
To discover some home remedies for conjunctivitis, watch this excellent video from Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM – also watch the beginning when he advises on symptoms that require immediate veterinary treatment.
Glaucoma Requires Immediate Veterinarian Treatment
Eyes are very sensitive and in all cases, concerning your dog’s eyes, you should see your veterinarian.
All the items in the list above would need some help from your vet to offer treatment for your dog.
Glaucoma, for example, is a very serious condition and is caused by a build-up of pressure within the eye. No home remedies will help this severe problem, so your vet is the first place you should be heading.
Glaucoma, for example, is a very serious condition and is caused by a build-up of pressure within the eye. No home remedies will help this severe problem, so your vet is the first place you should be heading.See Your Vet
Are Some Breeds of Dogs More Likely to Suffer from Eye Allergies?
There are no particular breeds of dog that are prone to eye allergies as such, but there are many dog breeds that are more prone to having allergies generally (and that can include eye allergies).
Dog Breeds Most Prone to Having Allergies (in no particular order)
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- American Pit Bull Terrier
- English Cocker Spaniel
- Labrador Retriever
- Irish Setter
Just like our own eyes, your dog’s eyes are very fragile and sensitive. Some eye irritations are minor and they can very easily be treated at home. Some conditions are more serious and your vet is the only person who should be dealing with such issues.
Some eye conditions in dogs can be life-threatening, so always take eye problems seriously.
I wish you and your dog the best of health.