Applying Eye Drops To Your Dog

Here are some hints and tips for applying eye medication to your pet prescribed by your veterinary surgeon.

It can be helpful to have an extra pair of hands to help hold your pet.

Firstly if there is any discharge around the eye, this should be wiped away with a damp piece of cotton wool. If you need to clean both eyes, separate pieces of cotton wool should be used to avoid cross contamination.

Gently, but firmly hold your pet’s head and tilt their nose so it points upwards. Depending on which medication has been prescribed, you may have an ointment or drops.

Ointment will be in a tube and it is important not to directly point the nozzle at the eye. Using your finger and thumb gently part your pet’s eyelids.

Holding the tube approximately parallel to the eye, gently squeeze a small amount of ointment across the eye.

Your pet will usually, automatically close their eye and you can gently massage their closed eyelids to disperse the ointment evenly over their eye. Drops will usually be in a dropper bottle and this should be held vertically, upside down about half a centimetre from the eye. A drop can then be squeezed onto the eye and then massaged as mentioned above.

If you are applying medication to both eyes it is important to apply to the unaffected eye first and avoid touching the eye with the nozzle to keep cross contamination to a minimum and avoid damaging the eye.

If you have any difficulty applying the medication please let your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets know as they will be happy to help. Veterinary nurses offer free appointments during which they can apply the medication for you.

Applying Ear Drops To Your Dog

Here are some hints and tips for applying ear medication to your pet prescribed by your veterinary surgeon.

If you have been advised to use ear cleaner as well, make sure you use this first as it will help the medication work more effectively.

It can be helpful to have an extra pair of hands to help hold your pet.

Gently, but firmly hold your pet’s head and in the other hand gently pull the ear pinna (flap) upwards to open the ear canal as much as possible.

Hold the bottle in your other hand and apply the advised number of drops directly into the vertical (outer) ear canal. It is important to make sure the drops go down the canal.

Massage the ear canal, using your finger and thumb at the base to allow the drops to penetrate further into the horizontal ear canal. You should hear a slight squelchy noise as you are massaging. Your pet will shake their head afterwards and some medication and debris may also be shaken out.

You can clean the outer part of the ear canal using some damp cotton wool to wipe away any excess. Never use cotton buds in your pets’ ears.

If you are applying medication to both ears it is important to keep cross contamination to a minimum and the nozzle should be cleaned between applications.

If you have any difficulty applying the medication please let your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets know as they will be happy to help. Veterinary nurses offer free appointments during which they can apply the medication for you.

Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

Here are some hints and tips for cleaning your pet’s ears using an ear cleaner.

Vets often advise ear cleaner to be used first before administering ear drops as this will help the medication work more effectively.

It can be helpful to have an extra pair of hands to help hold your pet.

Gently, but firmly hold your pet’s head and in the other hand gently pull the ear pinna (flap) upwards to open the ear canal as much as possible.

Hold the bottle in your other hand and apply the advised number of drops directly into the vertical (outer) ear canal.

Massage the ear canal, using your finger and thumb at the base to allow the cleaner to penetrate further into the horizontal ear canal. You should hear a slight squelchy noise as you are massaging. Massaging ear cleaner will enable any wax or debris to come to the surface from the base of the canal.

You can clean the outer part of the ear canal using some damp cotton wool. This will wipe away any excess debris. Never use cotton buds in your pets’ ears. Your pet will shake their head afterwards and some cleaner and debris may also be shaken out.

If you are applying cleaner to both ears it is important to keep cross contamination to a minimum and the nozzle should be cleaned between applications.

If you have any difficulty applying the cleaner please let your local branch of Cinque Ports Vets know and they will be happy to help advise accordingly.