Q: Visine for Dogs
My dog Simone had something in her eye today that we couldn't get out so I hesitantly used Visine. It seemed to work . . is that safe for dogs . . any other suggestions if something like that happens.
Aug 11, 2008
I was going to suggest just a regular, saline solution, similar to contact solution. Any other OTC eyedrops (allergy eye drops, etc) should not be used unless you consult with your vet whether the active ingredient is safe to be used on your dogs' eyes or not.
The eye is a mucous membrane and any medication put onto the eye can and will very quickly enter the dog's system, so it is VITAL to be very very careful about what you are putting in there!
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Aug 11, 2008
I did a search on the internet "Visine for dogs" and this is where I found the answer: www.thepetcenter.com/gen/eyetrouble.html it's near the bottom of the page under "common home remedies". So, here is what they have to say:
"Ordinary Eye Wash (Sterile Buffered Saline) is proper to use in a dog’s eye to clean the eye but it will not be helpful for an inflamed, sore eye. For a red, sore eye seek veterinary attention immediately. Visine should not be used. It is not therapeutic; it merely makes the eyes less red for a short time. It can be potentially harmful in some conditions. Artificial tear drops or ointments are usually not harmful and may be soothing for some dry eye conditions, but advice of a veterinarian is urged in any case."
So, while not really harmful (most of the time)you can see that there are better options next time your baby gets something in his eye.
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