Miniature Schnauzer - Eye Problems
The Miniature Schnauzer is a feisty
and playful dog. It tends to be overtly active at
times and often gets hurt in the process. One should
be extremely careful while playing with it.
The most common problem that a
Miniature Schnauzer owner faces while playing with
his dog is when the dog hurts himself in the face
and even worse, in the eyes.
The dog should never be allowed
to hang his head outside the window because flying
debris and even insects can harm his vision.
If the dog gathers dirt in his
eyes, a concoction of 2 cups of water and a teaspoon
of salt should be the perfect solution. Without
touching his eyes, a cotton swab should be dipped
into the concoction and his eyes can be effectively
cleaned with the same. Avoid eye drops unless prescribed
by the vet.
Powders and soaps are to be completely
avoided and trimming and clipping the hair around
the eyes can go a long way in preventing irritation
and eye infection.
Excess mucus or tearing,
cataract and glaucoma
are some of the eye ailments that are seen to affect
a Miniature Schnauzer. But the most common among
all ailments is the dry eye.
Just as it sounds like, the dry
eye syndrome is when the dog’s eyes become
dry and he suffers from irritation.
According to vets, the Miniature
Schnauzer suffers from dry eyes because the dog's
immune system mistakes its tear glands for a foreign
object that needs to be destroyed. When the tear
glands are unable to produce adequate moisture to
combat the immune system’s attack, the eyes
become more and more dry.
Dry eye often leads to injured
corneas, infections and even blindness. The most
common symptoms are rubbing of eyes, reddened eyes,
yellow discharge, and squinting and even cloudiness
This ailment is more rampant in
middle-aged to senior dogs as compared to the younger
When the first signs of dry eyes
are noticed, one should immediately rush his Miniature
Schnauzer to the veterinarian before conducting
any kind of treatment of his own.
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