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Labrador eye testing should be part of all Lab owners routine when giving their dogs a regular health check.
Inspecting your Labs eyes for potential problems is a quick and easy process.
In a healthy dog the eyes should be moist and clear. However, If you can see redness or any swelling than this could indicate an eye infection.
Other warning signs to look out for when Labrador eye testing is a discharge of mucus or if you notice your Lab squinting. The eyes of older dogs though can appear slightly foggy. This is quite normal in older dogs and isn't a cause for concern.
Lab owners should be on the lookout for any build up of mucus. When checking your lab be aware that if you find any traces of mucus than wipes or a sterile eyewash should be used to cleanse the area immediately.
The bacteria on mucus is a common cause of eye problems if left untreated.
Doggie shampoo can also cause problems if it gets in the eyes during the chaos of bath time. Needless to say if shampoo does get into the eyes than it should be rinsed out immediately.
Some Lab owners use a preventative ointment which can be applied before bathing to protect the eyes but having never used it myself I can’t comment on its effectiveness.
Although it shouldn’t be a problem for Lab owners it is important to keep hair out of the dogs eyes. Hair can scratch the cornea which will obviously cause problems for the dog.
Similarly the tear staining which effects breeds such as poodles should not be too much of a problem for Lab owners but if your dog does have tear stains near it’s eyes than they can be quickly treated with a tear stain remover available from your vet.
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