Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while you medicate their eyes but many require some form of restraint.
If the eye medication is ointment, gently squeeze about 1/8" out the end of the tube. Hold the dog's head with your free hand, and with the other hand, touch the crease in the eyelids closest to the nose with the tube of medication. The spot to aim for is the point where the two eyelids meet. The dog will blink the exposed ointment off the tip of the tube.
If you are right-handed and the right eye needs medication, rest your right hand on top of the head in order to stabilize your hand. Your hand should be near the inner side of the eye closest to the nose. With your left hand, place the thumb near the lower eyelid and the forefinger near the upper eyelid. This also works if you are left-handed and the dog needs medication in his left eye. · If you are right-handed and the left eye needs medication, stand on the right side of the dog, facing the same direction as the dog. With the medication in your right hand, rest this hand on top of the head to stabilize. Reach across the dog and place the index finger of your left hand near the lower eyelid and your left thumb near the upper eyelid. This also works if you are left-handed and the right eye needs medication.
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You're asking your dog to accept medication in his or her eye. This may be difficult for your dog, so prepare a great treat such as , a lick of peanut butter from a spoon, a shrimp, or cheese.Begin by sitting at your dog's shoulder with both of you facing the same direction. Then, have your dog lie down on his or her side with the spine against your leg. Have the medication in your dominant hand. Reach over your dog's back and position your dominant hand on your dog's muzzle, just below the eye. The pressure of your dominant hand should slightly pull down your dog's lower eyelid. Have your other hand gently controlling the top of your dog's head.Ask your veterinarian if the medication stings. If it does, ask if you can put in your dog's eye first to decrease the stinging sensation. For example, , a medication used for glaucoma, is initially irritating, especially to a dry eyeball. It's more comfortable for your dog if you put artificial tears in his or her eye for about five minutes before administering the solution.Again, sit at your dog's shoulder with both of you facing the same direction. Then, have your dog lay on his or her side with his or her spine against your other leg. Hold the medication in your dominant hand. Reach over your dog's back and position your dominant hand on your dog's muzzle, just below the eye. The pressure of your hand should slightly pull down the lower eyelid. Administer the medication in the pocket beneath the eyelid.