How The Best Dog Eye Care Saves Money!

Dog eye care may not be part of your dog that you think of naturally to tend to on a daily basis. But your dog’s eyes are vital. Just like your eyes, they help your dog see and navigate the world. The goal is to keep them healthy and free of needing extra vet care, which means extra money spent.

For example, my dog, Henry’s eyes became a focus of my daily care for him a few years years after he was attacked by a couple of dogs. He nearly lost his left eye and his life. But I learned a lot that I use to this day. It’s kept his eyes (left and right) healthy and away from additional surgery. I’m thrilled with his process so far. Moreover, I want to share my tips with you. So, today, let’s dig in and I’ll reveal how my best dog eye care routine saves me money.

a small dog and dog mom are happy to know about dog eye care methods that save money
Budget tip:

The power of a warm compress has saved me more money than I can even imagine. Thanks to this simple little tip, Henry didn’t have to undergo more eye surgery. Additionally, when Henry’s eye gets a bit worse, I can increase the number of warm eye compresses and improve the eye in no time. That saves me a vet trip and medication. Plus, I’m inspecting his eyes daily to make sure they are healthy. It’s a great win-win for Henry and for my budget.

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How do I best care for my dog’s eyes daily? 

Admittedly, I got a crash course in dog eye care when, as I just mentioned, Henry was attacked by two large dogs and nearly lost his left eye (or affected eye). While the eye was saved, the tear duct was crushed. That meant his affected eye lacked tear production ability.

However, he could produce lots of goo. He spent over four months in a cone while the eye healed. Unfortunately, as part of the healing process, the fur now grows into the left eye. Additionally, that eye can’t properly flush itself with tears. However, it does produce the weirdest goo I’ve ever seen. As such, his vet helped me develop a daily eye routine. It includes:

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1. Gently applying a warm eye compress

This simply means holding a warm cloth with no pressure at all on the eye for a few minutes until the goo loses. Henry loves this most of the time. I always do this to both of his eyes. 

2. Wiping crusties or eye boogers away

This prevents him from pawing at them. Sometimes this isn’t possible until after the compress has loosened the discharge. But I always use a soft cloth to do this as gently as possible.

3. Fish oil daily for eye support

His vet recommended fish oil for heart, eye, and allergy support. As such he gets it daily. 

4. Clearing away fur that grows into his left eye

As mentioned, since Henry’s attack and subsequent emergency eye surgery, his fur grows into his left eye.  This is just the way the eyelid was stitched back together. His vet emphasized it is essential to make sure his fur doesn’t scratch his corona. Although he could undergo surgery and have the fur removed permanently, there’s a high probability it could grow back. Thus, I stay on top of this daily. 

Of course, the last step you most likely won’t need to do for your dog. 

Henry has proved that good dog eye care is essential for great dog health
Henry thankfully has bright and fairly healthy eyes despite experiencing major trauma to his left eye.

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How do I know if I need to provide my dog with eye care?

While I apply a warm compress to Henry’s eye multiple times daily, your dog most likely won’t need this much eye care. In fact, you could simply do it once daily as you brush or clean your dog’s teeth. I generally apply a warm compress at this time for Henry. Additionally, I’ll inspect his eyes at this time as well. 

NOTE: Admittedly, even with the best eye care, you may not be able to prevent every eye issue or eye disease such as glaucoma, cataracts, cherry eye, retinal detachment, eye ulcer, pink eye, and blindness, which can be breed-related. However, you can still keep on top of other eye issues and provide your dog with great eye care. Moreover, you will be able to note any changes in your dog’s eyes by providing daily care. However, many other eye conditions such as watery eyes and allergic eye problems can be addressed with these tips.

What symptoms and signs should I look for when I am caring for my dog’s eyes?

There are a few things to pay attention to when caring for your dog’s eyes. You’ll want to look for any eye condition which includes any of the following:

  • Sensitivity to the warm eye compress. Remember you aren’t applying any pressure at all. Thus, it shouldn’t be painful and should feel soothing. I even did this right after Henry’s eye surgery and he loved it!
  • Color change of your dog’s eyes 
  • Cloudy appearance of eyes (This could be the start of cataracts)
  • Whites have a red or yellow appearance
  • Swollen eye socket
  • Eye sunken into the eye socket
  • Visible third eyelid
  • Lump or bump on or near the eyelid
  • Yellow or green discharge or goo
  • Excessive watering of eyes

Note: If you have a Cocker Spaniel, Poodle, and smaller dogs are also prone to tear stains and watery eyes. However, a water compress can help. Additionally, there are products that can help remove tear stains. 

What could cause an eye infection in my dog?

There are many things that can result in dog eye infections. These include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections in the body like Lyme Disease
  • Virus such as canine influenza
  • Wood smoke
  • Second, third, or passive smoke
  • Debris like dirt or grass
  • Scratch of the cornea caused by dirt, pawing, playing, or fight

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Could there be any underlying issues when my dog has an eye issue?

Yes! There are a few health issues that may have a side effect of eye symptoms. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Virus-like distemper or canine influenza
  • Bacterial infections such as Leptospirosis or Lyme disease
  • Parasites
  • Toxicity or allergy to some medications such as Ivermectin

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When should I call my vet when my dog has an eye issue? 

Personally, I always say when in doubt check in with your vet. But for a minimum you’ll want to call your vet if your dog is doing or experiencing any of these issues:

  • Eye color change
  • Cloudy eye(s) (which as stated above, could be the start of a cataract)
  • Excessive tears or goo, especially with a yellow or green tint or sealed eyelid
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Pawing at the eye(s)
  • Eye shut and unwilling to open it or squinting
  • Lining of the eyelid is yellow or red
  • Eye is sunken-looking (in other words, red flag are dogs eye sunk into socket)
  • Third eyelid is visible
  • Sensitive to light

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Is there anything to avoid when giving my dog eye care?

I learned this one when Henry and I were on vacation. Unfortunately, Henry’s affected eye started getting worse. As such, I called his vet. He advised me to gently apply a warm compress more often and watch it carefully. I asked about washing his eye out or applying an antibiotic ointment, which I still had from his surgery.

Shockingly, this rattled his vet. He strongly advised against it since he wasn’t sure if there was a scratch or any debris in his eye. If there were either it could make the issue much worse very quickly. Of course, that was something I hadn’t considered. Thankfully, the compresses solved the issue in about three days. 

Morale: Never, ever put anything in your dog’s eyes such as eye drops without first consulting your vet. You may open a hornet’s nest. Stay the course with warm compresses. 

How much can I save by providing my dog with good eye care? 

This is always the fun part. Honestly, I think the dollar and cents brings everything home. Or at least, I hope it does and puts it in simple terms. With that said, consider the following related eye conditions and expenses:

Vet visit$50-150
Dog eye specialist (veterinary ophthalmologist)$300-350

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Summary of how best dog eye care saves money

Honestly, before Henry’s attack, I wasn’t as focused on his eyes as I am now. However, I have learned that with just a warm compress, I can help Henry and save money. Here’s a bonus tip: If your eyes are feeling tired or sore, put a warm compress on them. It will feel just as soothing.

Plus, it’s free. I admit, I love a great tip that helps Henry while saving money. Dog eye care is one of them. Although I’m a bit surprised at how much or how quickly a warm compress will help, I’m always pleased. However, if I ever have any questions or issues, I always call his vet. In conclusion, dog eye care is a great health benefit for Henry and a wonderful budget savings for me. 

a cute husky dog shows off his great how great his dog mom does with dog eye care

Did you know that dog eye care could help your dog and save you money? Will you provide your pup with daily eye health care now? 

About Terri Rodefer

Terri Rodefer is the founder of Tail Wag Wisdom, a blog focused on affordable pet care. She likes to say helping pet parents afford and love their animals even more, makes her tail wag. As a lifelong lover of all animals with a background in economics, biology, and marketing, allows Terri to bring a unique spin to pet care. 

10 thoughts on “How The Best Dog Eye Care Saves Money!”

  1. Poor Henry, I’m so glad he wasn’t too seriously injured during that awful attack! But it’s so unfair that he (and you) have what is probably lifelong impacts to his eyes. One of the things I love most about my Husky are her gorgeous, expressive eyes. I don’t really do anything special in terms of routine eye care except wiping away any crusties, but providing daily eye care is really interesting. Thanks!

    • Yes, Icy’s eyes are very expressive and beautiful. I didn’t do anything more than clean out Henry’s eye crusties either until he got attacked. Then I learned about eye care. It truly has made all the difference for him. And it’s allowed him to skip additional surgery. Thank you for your continued support!

  2. Fantastic post and am happy you have found a solution for Henry’s eyes. I clean Layla’s eyes daily plus with age she has cataracts and is on two different drops twice a day to keep her eyes moist, it is costing me a fortune but cannot complain as she is healthy.

    • Oh, poor Layla! I hope her drops don’t hurt her. I bet they are expensive. Cataracts and dry eyes need specific drops. It sounds like you have a great routine. Thank you for your kind words and continued support! I really appreciate it!

  3. You must have been scred stuff while Henry was attacked, poor chap but I m glad he had you and your extensive knowledge of eye care. There are so many things here I did not know about and I had no idea that treatment could run so expensive YIKES!

    • Yes, I was very scared when Henry was attacked. His eyelid was dangling. It was a Sunday and I had to race him to an Emergency Vet Hospital 30 minutes away. Surprisingly, Henry was very calm. Perhaps a bit of shock or he was calm to help me. Thankfully, the eye was saved and he was as well (there was a punch wound on his throat that was bleeding too). I’m so glad that I learned how to properly care for his eye so he hasn’t had to undergo any additional surgery. I don’t think I could take it! And yes, any specialty like a dog eye vet doctor can be extremely pricey (on top of the emergency vet). I was very glad his regular vet gave me so many great tips and ideas. It was a fairly gruesome sight. And although, I have photos, and Henry’s calm, I won’t post them. I’d prefer the happier post recovery photos.
      Thank you for your continued support. I appreciate it!

  4. First, I am so glad Henry was okay! I cannot imagine how scary that was him being attacked! It’s amazing that you took his experience and turned it around to help others. I remember my mother’s Poodle in her very golden years of 14 to 15 had eye issues. Her fur would get stuck to discharge and thankfully warm compresses helped it a bit. It’s amazing to think about how something so easy as that could help so much. You have some great tips here, and wow, the savings for simply taking care of a pet proactively really drives home pet care. It should be done for the best health of our pets, but seeing the savings is certainly an added perk! Sharing with my followers!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support! I really does mean a lot to me!

      Yes, it was a scary experience. I have to admit, I’m one of those people that I has to find something positive (if at all possible) even in the worst situations. It took me awhile with Henry’s attack. But eventually I saw the positives. I figured out how to best care for Henry’s eye to avoid further surgery. AND I get to share it with others. What I’ve learned, I believe truly is a wonderful way to care for dogs eyes. I also love seeing the savings. That always brings it all home. Not only does it help Henry and other dogs, but it helps the pocketbook too. It’s the win-win, as I say. 😉

  5. “Great article on dog eye care! It’s important to keep our furry friends’ eyes healthy and happy. Thanks for the helpful tips! – Ashley Fowler”


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