How To Administer Eye Drops To Your Dog

Your veterinarian has prescribed eye drops for your dog. Perhaps he has an infection in his eye or allergies. In any case, how are you going to get those drops in his eye?

First of all, wash your hands both before and after the administration of eye drops to avoid spreading infection. Then calm your dog by speaking gently and moving slowly. 

Wipe the outside of the dog’s eye with a warm damp washcloth before giving the medication. This will clear away any mucus or debris that has accumulated and this in itself is often soothing and calming to dogs.

Be very careful not to touch the tip of the medication applicator to anything, including your dog’s eye. If the eye is painful, you may need to have someone help you gently restrain your dog and hold his head still while you place the drops in his eye.

Use one hand to hold the bottle of medication between your index finger and thumb. Using your other hand, with your thumb pull down slightly on your dog’s lower lid. This will form a pouch to catch the drops. Support your dog’s head under his jaw with your fingers as you pull the lower lid down.

Hold the bottle as close as you can to your dog’s eye but do not touch the surface of your dog’s eyeball. Then squeeze the bottle to make the prescribed number of drops come out. Aim for the center of the eye but don’t worry if the drops simply fall into the pouch formed by the lower lid. When you release your dog, he will blink and this will spread the drops over the surface of his eye.

That’s it! Your dog may paw a bit at his eye after the administration of medication. As his condition gets better, he should show less irritation. If the eye does not improve in a day or so, or there is increasing redness, pain, or discharge, call your veterinarian for advice. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. To access the complete article on the most popular dog breed, plus the article mentioned above and more, just go to has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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