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Burns of the Eyes

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Condition Overview

Chemical injuries to the conjunctiva and cornea can occur when acids, alkali, soaps, shampoos, or topical insecticides are splashed into the eyes. Toxic fumes can also irritate and injure the eyes.

Symptoms

Signs are tearing, squinting, and pawing at the eye.

Causes

See overview.

Diagnosis

No information.

Treatment

Flush the eyes with cool water, artificial tears, or a sterile saline solution. This must be done immediately after exposure to prevent damage to the eye. Flush for a full 15 minutes.

Prevention

Be sure to protect the eyes from shampoos and insecticides when bathing and dipping your dog.

Support

After you have completed the flushing, take your dog to the vet for further evaluation and treatment.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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