I'm desperate. I tell you, I have a westy of a year and a half. We had a nasty accident, he dropped a crystal in one eye and made a deep cut. They operated and sewed it so that it was healing. The problem is coming now. We need to put a drop in the eye every four hours, plus another drop every twelve, you have to put an ointment in the eye once a day and clean it when appropriate with serum.
The very serious problem is that the dog is so scared that there is no possible way to even throw a drop. As soon as he sees you with the bottle in his hand it is already impossible, we cannot force it because otherwise the thing would be worse than it already is. We have tried with food, while eating try to throw it but neither, twist the head and it is impossible and if you hold it or touch it a little it only becomes frantic, until it gets poop of the nerves that it takes, it thinks that we will hurt it or something like that and there is no way. On top of that, the dog, after the attempts, remains so obfuscated that she does not want to know anything about anyone, she lies down and ýa does not lift her head or eat anything or drink all day. And when it's something lively and we want to take advantage. He returns to them.
We have tried even when she is asleep, and not even with those, we have also tried behind her very slowly, we try with determination going directly towards her and without saying anything try to throw it but neither. We do not know what to do and every four hours the world comes upon us thinking how the hell we are going to deceive it to achieve a happy drop.
Sorry for the roll, I hope you can lend me a hand or give me some advice, to see if there is anything we can do.
Basic tips for putting drops and ointments on a dog
Putting eye drops or drops on an animal can be a complicated task. If it is possible to have the help of another person, the process is much easier, but it is not essential. Doing it right the first time will help the animal to facilitate it in the following ones.
- It is important to wash your hands carefully before application.
- If the animal does not allow us to put eye drops or drops, it is possible to replace them with a ointment.
- If two kinds of eye drops or ointment coincide at the same time, it is enough to wait 5 minutes between both applications
- In that case, it is advisable to put the ointments or ointments at the end.
- Some eye drops should be kept in the fridge, as indicated on the product packaging.
- All eye drops and ointments should be kept in cool place
- If the reaction is very bothersome or painful, consult the ophthalmologist as soon as possible.
If the animal is very uncomfortable, or the expected results are not achieved, the ophthalmologist will determine if it is possible to replace the treatment with another type of eye drops or ointment that is better tolerated.
In some cases, the daily drops can also be replaced by a single application treatment per year. Check here this possibility: immunomodulatory implants.
Dr. Paco Simó administers an eye drop to Brutus, a French Bulldog, with the help of Dr. Cristina Martínez