Eye care for Weimaraner dogs takes only a few minutes a day. Weimaraners usually have healthy eyes, with injuries as the most common problem.
Just like humans, dogs need good vision to function well. Keeping your dog’s eyes healthy and his vision clear is up to you.
Weimaraners spend a lot of time outdoors where they come into contact with dirt, briars, weeds and ticks. If you take the time to check your dog’s eyes after each outing, you will be able to take care of any issue before it becomes a major problem.
Just observing the condition of your pet’s eyes will help you know if you need to do some special dog eye care.
Why is Eye Care for Dogs Important?
Dogs communicate with us using their eyes, and so we often look at their eyes. In fact, eye contact is very important when you are training your dog.
Your dog uses visual cues to know what you are doing and what you want her to do.
She uses vision to detect when something in her environment is disturbing, or she thinks something is threatening. She uses her vision to spot game, along with her strong sense of smell.
Dogs recognize familiar people visually, and they identify strangers visually.
Your Weimaraner dog needs to see well, in order to perform these activities.
Weimaraner Dog Eye Tearing
Healthy dog eyes are shiny and clear, without pus or watery discharges.
If your dog’s eyes are tearing excessively, it may be a sign of allergies, infection, an injury or an irritation.
While eye tearing is especially common in some breeds, like poodles and Bichon Frises, Weimaraners usually do not have excessive tearing.
It’s not always clear why your dog has tearing eyes, but there are some things that you can do to prevent a problem.
Simply keeping your dog’s eyes clean goes a long way toward preventing infections and removing irritations.
When you wash around your dog’s eyes, make sure that you don’t get soap into your pet’s eyes, as soap can actually cause a corneal ulcer—very painful!
Why Does Your Dog Paw at Her Eye?
Dogs will paw at their eyes to clean them—sort of like a cat, but not as precisely.
If you notice that your dog seems especially preoccupied with pawing or fussing with an eye, take him into an area with good lighting and look carefully at his eye to see if there is a foreign object (dirt, seed, grass, etc.) in it.
You may have to pull down on the lower lid and up on the upper lid to get a better look. And, you may also need to use a magnifying glass to get a closer look.
Remove anything that you find, carefully and very gently, with a wet cotton ball. If you can’t remove it, your dog should see the vet to have it removed. Removing a foreign object from an eye is actually considered to be a form of surgery, so be really careful.
Canine Eye Care for Discharge
If you notice a large amount of discharge or pus in the corner of your dog’s eye or a reddish look to the white of his eye, your dog may have canine conjunctivitis.
Your dog can develop this condition if he rides in the car with his head hanging out the window or if he spends a lot of time outside when it is windy and dusty.
Most of the time all you need to do is wipe any discharge from the corner of his eye (or below) with a damp cotton ball. I like to use a sterile eye wash so that I don’t introduce bacteria to my dog’s eyes.
If you think there is too much discharge, or it doesn’t go away in a few days, take your dog to the veterinarian to be examined.
Vetericyn has a product, Verericyn Plus that is very soothing animal eye wash. It helps keep eyes clear of mucus and debris and keeps your dog’s eyes healthy, shiny and bright. If your dog has eye issues from time to time, you might consider giving Vetericyn Plus a try.
That’s all there is to it! Eye care for Weimaraner dogs is really easy. Simply observe your dog’s eyes daily and make sure they look healthy. Keep them fresh and clean as part of your grooming tasks.