Eye Injury in Dogs: All You Need To Know

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Traumatic eye injuries in dogs are common and usually result from sticking their nose into something they shouldn’t or playing rough with other dogs or cats. Your dog can be affected by different types of eye injury, however, they all require veterinary attention.


Mild to moderate to severe

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Key points

  • Always seek veterinary attention 
  • Even mild injuries may lead to infection, scarring, or vision loss 
  • Symptoms include rubbing at the eye, squinting, watery or yellow-green discharge, redness, and swelling 
  • Treatment will depend on the type of injury and which parts of the eye are affected

Common in:

Symptoms and types:

As the eye is so sensitive it’s best to contact your vet before attempting any first aid at home.

Understanding the diagnostics

Learning about the causes

1. Corneal ulcers and lacerations

2. Foreign bodies and penetrating injuries

3. Eyelid laceration

4. Blunt trauma and proptosis

Best treatment options

Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to give the eye the best chance of healing.  

Home remedies and their effectiveness

Never attempt to treat an eye injury yourself at home. Something as simple as applying the wrong eye drop or using an irritating cleaning solution could have serious consequences and make matters worse.

When to see a vet


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