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How to keep your dog's eyes free of hair

How to keep your dog's eyes free of hair

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How to keep your dog's eyes free of hair

by michdwy on 10/5/2009 at 7:37 AM in First Post

I have a delightful Pug Zu, but like many of the smaller breeds, especially those who are near to the ground, have a flat face, fairly prominent eyes and lots of facial hair. she tends to get quite regularly "goo" in her eyes. which can easily be removed with damp tissue. Hair around her eyes possibly makes the problem worse and certainly spoils her vision. The obvious answer is clip the hair. Easier said than done. When the scissors came into view, my little Boo vigourously tried to escape from my embrace and I feared she might twist or jerk onto them, although I use blunt-nosed ones. Recently I met the owners of a couple of similar designer dogs, Shih Tzu/Jack Russells. I mentioned this problem and they gave me a recommendation which seems ridiculous - put the dog up on an ironing board at its highest level. I was very sceptical, but it does work. At first Boo started to struggle as usual, then within a couple of minutes, allowed me to clear the hair from around her eyes and I can now do it regularly. I assume what is happening, that when Boo moves, the iron board tends to wobble a bit and she realises that she must stay still.
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Hello! I also have an issue with 'goo' around the eyes. (or should I say Lacey has an issue :)). As an alternative to cutting the hair I have found that a small plastic flea comb works great to remove the goo from the fur under the eyes. I do this every time I brush her teeth which I try to do everyday or every other day at most. Good Luck to to you both!
sands904 on 10/5/2009 at 9:12 AM

Further to my suggestion how to remove hair around my Pug-Zu's eyes safely, having treated Boo standing on an ironing board regularly over a period of months I should like to report the results. I am extremely pleased that I have found the creation of goo in the eyes has been reduced considerably. Previously I had been very concerned about possible long term damage to Boo's eyes. I had even thought that she might go blind. She had been taken to the vetbecause one eye clouded over during the night. It was an ulcer, which anti-biotics fortunately cleared up but the vet worried me by saying that she would probably suffer frequently as eye trouble was prevalent in most short legged dogs and especially flat nosed ones with prominent eyes. Fortunately I believe that the problem has now virtually disappeared by removing hair which probably scratched the eye and encouraged the production of goo.
michdwy on 12/3/2009 at 5:52 AM

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