Proper Position for Rinsing Eyes
Before beginning, be sure to have some sterile gauze on hand for cleanup, and wash your hands thoroughly. Repeat this washing when you're all done.
The trick is all in the hold and in approaching the dog from behind with the bottle of rinse. Just like you and I, dogs don't particularly like someone coming at their face with a foreign object. This method will allow you to rinse your dog's eyes without starting the process with fear.
With your dog sitting in front of you or on your lap--facing sideways--place one hand under his chin to hold his head up. Anchoring your other hand to his forehead, position the bottle so that the stream will run through his eyes and drain out naturally. To keep Fido's eyes open, pull back slightly on his forehead skin as you anchor your hand there. This will assure that the fluid runs into an open eye and your pup's peepers get a good cleansing.
After you run a stream through each eye, use a square of gauze to wipe away excess liquid. Wrap the gauze around your finger and use the end to clean away any goop in his tear duct area. Be extremely gentle!
Don't forget to end each session with a good snuggle. Your dog needs to associate this procedure with affection. You're in charge of that!
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