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Eye Drops for Dogs

If your dog is demonstrating eye irritation or allergies, you may be wondering if dogs can use human eye drops as treatment. Today, our Apple Valley vets explain what owners should know about dog eye drops, and why you shouldn't use human eye drops on your pet.

Can you use human eye drops on dogs?

You should not use human eye drops on dogs. If your dog is experiencing eye irritation, contact your vet and take them in to get an eye examination and possibly eye drops that are safe for dogs.

The same things that can cause humans itchiness, redness, or swelling of the eyes can also affect our dogs. Any dog owner would want to provide their pooch with fast relief with whatever they can. Unfortunately, you would be mistaken to think that the same eye drops you use are suitable for dogs. 

Common Eye Conditions in Dogs

Here are a few eye conditions you might need to get your dog eye drops from the veterinarian for:

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Dry eye, also known as serous conjunctivitis, is the most commonly seen type of pink eye seen in dogs. It shares several symptoms with eye infections, including puffy, sticky, or wet-looking eyes, squinting, pawing at the affected eye, and yellow or greenish discharge.

Eye Infections

An eye infection in your pet can be caused by a variety of factors, including irritation from long hair, eyelid conditions, allergies, internal conditions (such as immune issues), or corneal scratches or injuries.


Although eye infections and allergic conditions are uncommon in dogs, they can contribute to your pet's discomfort.  Summer allergy symptoms for dogs include inflammation, reddened eyes, and watery discharge. Allergic reactions can be caused by environmental allergens (for example, scented carpet cleaner), parasites (for example, fleas), or, less commonly, food allergies.

What eye drops are good for dogs?

When looking for eye drops for dogs, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the eye issue. Once the cause is identified, your vet may recommend specific eye drops that are safe and effective for your dog's condition.

For example, artificial tears are often recommended for dry eyes, while antibiotic eye drops for dogs may be prescribed for infections. It is crucial to follow your vet's instructions carefully and monitor your dog's response to the treatment to ensure optimal results.

Treating Eye Conditions in Dogs

Treatment for your dog's eye infection will depend upon the underlying cause but could involve a combination of topical and oral medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs, a single topical medication, or and in some cases surgery.

If a bacterial infection is found to be causing your dog's eye infection, antibiotics, and eye drops will typically be prescribed. Blocked tear ducts typically require surgery followed by eye drops and antibiotics.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog showing signs of eye problems? Contact our Apple Valley vets to book an appointment for your pup.

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