How To Use Dog Eye Drops (Owner’s Guide)

How To Use Dog Eye Drops (Owner’s Guide)

As a dog owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy. Unfortunately, some responsibilities, such as using dog eye drops, can be challenging for most to master. However, knowing how to use this type of medication properly is a crucial piece of knowledge in every dog owner’s arsenal, as it often is the only way to preserve your companion’s sensitive eyes.

Here's how to safely use dog eye drops:

  • Use the resting chin method.
  • Don’t approach your dog from the front.
  • Restrain the dog.
  • Don't fret if the process of using dog eye drops is something you struggle with. After understanding the concept gets easier for both you and your dog. In the following sections, I’ll take you through three fool-proof approaches you can use to administer dog eye drops the right way.

    1. Use the Resting Chin Method

    As the name suggests, this is a method where you apply the dog's eye drops with the dog's chin lying on your lap. To do so, you’ll need to bring your dog to a calming position with their chin facing upwards then:

    1. Lure them with a treat while positioning them on your lap until you finally get them where you are most comfortable.
    2. Get the eye drops bottle closer and take off the cap.
    3. Administer the drops as prescribed, remaining careful not to touch the dog's eyes with the bottle or your fingers.
    4. Try using the treat to lure the dog into position every time it seems to get restless.

    This method may take up to 30 minutes, especially if you have a stubborn dog. Before starting, make sure you have enough treats to lure the dog throughout the whole process to facilitate it. Don’t panic if it takes longer to administer the drops the first few times. AS time goes on, your dog will get used to the process.

    2. Don’t Approach Your Dog From the Front

    It’s generally recommended to use the behind-the-dog method when administering dog eye drops. As the name suggests, you’ll have to position yourself behind your dog and administer the eye drops by turning up their face when using this method.

    This is usually the most preferred approach, as unlike in its face-to-face counterpart, your dog can’t see what you’re about to do, which could help immensely as far as nerves and anxiety go. Here are the steps you’ll want to follow with this approach:

    1. Sit on a comfortable chair and hold the dog on your lap.
    2. Lift its head to a position where you can see the chin from behind.
    3. Ensure that the dog is comfortable; you can comfort and encourage your companion by rubbing its back or giving treats throughout the process. You could ask someone else to lure the dog with a treat to make it remain in its position.
    4. Pull up the eyelid and administe