In most cases, when you find yourself saying your dog won’t open his eyes, the likely cause is that your pooch is suffering from eye pain that needs to be dealt with. Your dog’s eyes’ reaction to pain is due to a high concentration of pain fibers or nerves within the cornea and conjunctiva.
Why can’t my dog open his one eye?
If your dog is squinting an eye you should seek attention quickly. Although there may be a number of causes, the most common cause is an ulcer or a scratch on the cornea. Corneal ulcers are always painful. If you know someone who has had a corneal ulcer they can vouch for that fact.
What do you do when a dogs eye won’t open?
If your dog has an eye injury, call your veterinarian. Do not attempt to treat it at home without speaking first to the vet’s office. If instructed to administer first aid, a vet may suggest flushing out the eye or applying a cool compress.
How can I tell if my dogs eye hurts?
Symptoms of Dog Eye Infections
- Watery or thick, smelly discharge.
- Holding eye closed.
- Light sensitivity.
- Pawing at the eye.
How long does a dog eye injury take to heal?
Corneal abrasions generally heal within three to five days. Medication is used to prevent bacterial infections (ophthalmic antibiotic drops or ointment) and to relieve spasm and pain (ophthalmic atropine drops or ointment).
Can you put human eye drops in dogs?
Can human eye drops be used for dogs? Do not give your dog any human eye drops, including natural tears, before contacting your veterinarian for advice.