Dogs getting sand in their eyes - advice please!

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  1. alphadog

    alphadog PetForums VIP

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    Anyone have the same problem? The last time I went to the beach it was like being in a sand storm and the sea water drenched dogs were like walking sand castles by the time we were leaving. Lots of sand got into their eyes and caused their sleep to become gritty, even overnight.

    Surely this hurts? Is it as dangerous as it looks (like seeds etc)? What can be done to avoid it? Selma is very touch sensitive and won't allow me to bathe her eyes to rinse out the sand

    I'm planning a run on the beach tonight if anyone can help. Thanks :)
     
  2. alphadog

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    Anyone?
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  3. gesic

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    The eyes are pretty good at expelling grit etc by tears and protection with the eyelashes.
    I wouldnt worry too much but if a major prob u could ring vets n ask if they would let u have some Lacrilube, just an eye lubricant that would gave a small amount of protection, short of doggy goggles;) i dont no wot else to suggest!
     
  4. Sleeping_Lion

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    I think they cope with sand and muck pretty well, I wouldn't ever try rinsing or flushing it out, you might must wash it further in. Both mine get sore eyes at this time of year on and off, with running through all the long grass and all the pollen and grass seeds about, Indie even got a huge bug stuck in the corner of her eye last week! I just use golden eye drops, you can buy them from the chemist, to ease any mild irritation it might cause. They were recommended to me by a friend who owns a few dogs, his vet had recommended it as a product to use.
     
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    you can get eye wipes i think PAH stock them
     
  6. Burrowzig

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    If the sand is windblown enough to go into the eyes, I would go somewhere else until the wind dies down. My dog gets sand in her eyes sometimes, and they can be a bit red for a day or two, but the sand washes out naturally with tears and blinking.
     
  7. alphadog

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    Thanks for the replies and product suggestions

    We went to the beach last night and they dived around in the sand dunes (after getting wet, doh!) and yes they were covered in sand, but their eyes didn't go red or swell, I was concerned in case the sand had a glasspaper efect on the eyeball and could cause damage. Perhaps I'm worrying too much because thousands of people walk their dogs on beaches and I've never heard of those kinds of problems.

    The main issue last night was stopping the Lab from scoffing washed up sealife :rolleyes: :D
     
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