Hi, I ran this past my vet and he suggested "GENTEAL" brand of drops (OTC and can be bought at WALMART/ Target, etc.). They have NO preservatives. He said depending on the level of dryness, you can choose the mild or the moderate/to/severe formula. He also suggested to follow up the drops with a tiny treat...they won't be horrified to receive the drops. Keep us posted! XOXO, Jojo
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ointments from your vet can vary depending on if it is conjunctivitis or some other form of eye issue. some are drops such as neo poly dex which has some steroid in it and there is a safe one called neo poly bac. farm stores may have terramyacin ointment as well. alaway drops are human and is a drop in the eye sections at walmart. you may ask your vet about giving benadryl as well. also some breeds may have ingrown hair and it can scratch the eye itself causing irritation infections and worse loss of the eye. some breeds have entropian where the eye lid rolls in and some have ectropian where the eye lids roll out. these may need to be surgicallly corrected by the vet. upper respitory infections can also cause eye and nasal sischarges if it is dry eye with no allergies or any other cause artifical tears may help
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we have saint bernard show dogs and allergies can cause this. Of course check with your vet there is something we have used under the vets advice we get for a very reasonable price at walmart called "alaway" for the eyes, you may like to look into that hope all goes well as seasonale changes also cause this
The pups have a vet appt on Saturday. I bought some lubricating eye ointment for them. Just used it on them last evening. They had a good night and did not rub eyes this morning when they awoke. I will keep you posted. Thanks
There is a very simple test your vet can do to find out if your dogs have dry eye. They test for tear production using a little paper strip. If that's what it is it's pretty easy to treat. I've used extra-strength Refresh, active ingredient is Carboxymethilcellulose Sodium 1% It's strong enough that you can usually get away with using it just 2x/day Another option is a product named Restasis that actually increases tear production. It's more expensive but might be worth it. I think I remember it can just be given once a day. Talk to your vet about this one since it's prescription only. Good luck, Birgit
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I adopted two dogs last summer. I am pretty sure that they are brothers. I am guessing that they were around a year old. They look to be Schnauzers. In the fall they started scratching and rubbing their eyes on the carpet. I thought that they had allergies. I took them to the vet and they got cortisone shots and antibiotic eye drops. Now I am using artificial tears a couple of times a day. It helps a little but they still scratch and rub their eyes all the time. Their eyes are not gooey at all in fact they really don't ever have any sleep crust or runny eyes at all. I feel so bad for them. Has any one of you dog lovers experienced any eye issue similar to the one that I have with my two?
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