How to Treat a Dog Corneal Abrasion

Nature has provided protection to the eyes of almost all living beings by means of a clear covering called the cornea.

Even a minor injury to the cornea can result in severe pain and discomfort. If not treated properly, abrasion on the cornea of canines deepens and may eventually cause the eyeball to rupture. If you want to treat a dog corneal abrasion then follow some easy methods.

Things Required:

– Collar
– Saline (optional)
– Muzzle (optional)
– Medication
– Restrictive collar or neck brace (optional)


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    More often than not, foreign objects become the cause of corneal abrasions. Restrict your dog from moving by putting a collar or neck brace on the dog and flush the animal's eye with saline. The pain caused due to corneal abrasion may make your dog extremely aggressive. In such a case, you will have to use a muzzle to complete the flushing process. Under no circumstances you should try to remove any foreign object embedded into the dog’s eye at this point. Moreover, make sure that your dog does not rub his or her eyes.

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    Do not administer any medication or eye ointments without having your dog examined by a veterinarian. This is important because medicines such as corticosteroids may cause the eyeball to rupture.

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    Get your dog examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. The veterinarian can remove any foreign objects embedded in the dog’s eye and will also establish a possible cause of the corneal abrasion.

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    Administer doses of medication to the dog strictly in accordance with the instructions of the veterinarian. You may have to use a muzzle if the dog tends to become aggressive while you apply eye medication. To prevent the risk of recurring corneal abrasions due to eyelash disorders or entropion, schedule the necessary surgery recommended by the veterinarian.

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    Your dog may be tempted to scratch or rub their eyes. Restrict your dog from doing so by restraining it with an Elizabethan collar or neck brace. Keep the dog restrained until the injured eye has healed completely.

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    Scrutinise your dog’s eye as often as possible. If you observe increased redness or if the dog shows signs of excruciating pain, get it re-examined by a veterinarian.

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    Even if the dog seems to be recovering, have it examined at least once a week. Remember that corneal abrasions take about a week to heal properly. However, a surgery may need to be performed if the abrasion does not heal properly.

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