First Aid for Dog's Eye Injuries

Eye injuries are common in dogs and can be quite serious. Blunt trauma, which can cause bleeding into the eye (hyphema) and other serious damage, including the eye-popping out of the socket (proptosis), requires immediate veterinary attention. Fortunately, they’re also one of the easiest injuries to treat at home. Here’s what every pet parent should know:

How to Treat a Dog's Eye Injury

  • Check for signs of bleeding. If you discover that your dog has a bleeding wound on his eye, apply pressure with a clean towel or washcloth until the bleeding stops. Then take him to the vet right away so he can get proper treatment.
  • Check for signs of infection and pain. Infected wounds are often red, swollen, and warm to the touch; they may also be painful when touched (although not all infected wounds cause pain). A dog who’s been injured may also exhibit other symptoms like lethargy, fever, or loss of appetite–all signs that it might be time to see a veterinarian ASAP!
  • Watch out for discharge from an injured eye; this could indicate a corneal ulcer (a condition where the outermost layer of tissue in the eye becomes inflamed), which requires immediate veterinary attention because it can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated. Foreign bodies such as grass seeds or splinters can cause deeper injury to the eye, necessitating urgent care to prevent further complications.

What Do You Do?

If your dog has an eye injury, it’s important to take him or her to the vet as soon as possible. The sooner you get help, the better chance your pet has at recovering without permanent damage. Eye injuries, including corneal injuries, orbital bone injuries, eye leaks, foreign object injuries, and eyelid injury, can have serious complications, so prompt veterinary care is crucial.

In most cases, a vet will clean out dirt and debris from your dog’s eyes with saline solution before administering medication or performing surgery if necessary. More complicated cases, such as deep and infected ulcers or penetrating injuries, may require surgery and referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist. If you cannot take your pet directly to see a vet (or if there is no time), try using warm compresses on both sides of their face while gently massaging them above their eyes until they open up again–this may cause some discomfort but should not cause further pain if done properly!

Your best bet would be keeping one hand under their chin so that if they do start feeling better suddenly they won’t fall over; then use either another person or something sturdy like furniture nearby for support until everything clears up again safely.”

Get Treatment Right Away

Eye injuries are serious and must be treated by a veterinarian as soon as possible. If you’re not able to bring your dog in right away, call for help. Infection is one of the biggest risks of eye injuries in dogs. If left untreated, infections can cause permanent damage to your pet’s eye or even lead to blindness! Untreated eye injuries can also result in potential impairment or loss of your dog's vision.

In addition to infection risk, there’s also pain involved with any kind of injury–and when it comes to injuries on their face (especially those around their eyes), we know how much our pets hate feeling uncomfortable or painful! Reducing a dog's pain with appropriate medicine is crucial after injuries such as cornea injuries, orbital bone injuries, and eyelid injuries. So if you see something wrong with your pup’s peepers? Don’t hesitate–get him/her checked out ASAP by going straight into an animal hospital near where you live (or even better yet: both).

The Thing to Know About Dog Eyes

There are many different types of eye injuries that can affect a dog's eyes, including cornea injuries, orbital bone injuries, eye leaks, and foreign object injuries. The first thing you should do if your dog has an eye injury is stay calm and assess the situation. If your dog’s eye is bleeding, it could be a sign of a more serious injury. If his eyesight is blurred or he can’t see out of one eye, it could be due to swelling inside the socket that needs medical attention immediately–and possibly surgery.

Eyelid injuries are also common and require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent complications.

Dogs have a third eyelid called a nictitating membrane that protects their eyes from irritants like dust and debris while they’re running around outside playing with other pups or rolling around in the grass after eating something delicious (see above). Because dogs’ eyes are sensitive to light compared to ours, they have less ability than us humans do at night time when we need extra help seeing clearly in low-light conditions like driving home late at night after work but before dinner time arrives so that we can finish cooking without having any hungry mouths waiting impatiently upon arrival back home!


There are a number of ways that your dog can get injured, and unfortunately, it's not always easy to know what kind of first aid is required. Since dogs can't tell us when they're in pain or not feeling well, it's important for pet parents to be able to recognize common signs that something might be wrong with their pup's eyes.


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