To keep your dog’s eyes healthy and catch any illnesses nice and early, it is essential to check his eyes regularly and clean away tear stains and secretions. Carefully clean the eyes in the morning with some soft tissue (beware of dry cotton wool as it can leave strands that irritate the eye), and every time that you notice secretions around the eye area. This occurs regularly with breeds that have fallen inferior eyelids such as Bassets and Saint Bernards. If it is difficult to wipe away then use some wet cotton wool, a clean piece for each eye to prevent transfer of bacteria. In case of irritation, red eyes, teary eyes, photophobia and constant blinking, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Praise your dog after cleaning his eyes and give him a treat so he associates having his eyes cleaned with a positive experience.