Artificial Tears For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

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Artificial tears are a lubricating medicine that dogs can take to treat dry eye. They work by providing hydration and lubrication to the surface of the eyes.

Artificial tears for dogs come in a range of liquid forms that include eye drops and ointments. Some types require a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase, but that will depend on the active ingredients.

Regardless of which type you buy, you must consult your veterinarian before using this medicine to treat your dog. Closely follow your vet’s instructions for the correct and safe dosage and frequency.

Here’s what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of artificial tears for dogs.

Uses Of Artificial Tears For Dogs

Artificial tears are a lubricating medicine that veterinarians primarily recommended to treat cases of dry eye in dogs.

The medicine works by providing extra hydration and lubrication to the corneal surface of the eyes. In some cases, it can also help treat eye inflammation issues.

Dosage Of Artificial Tears For Dogs

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Because there’s so much variation in types of artificial tears and among individual dogs’ needs, you must rely on your veterinarian’s instructions for dosage and administration.

Depending on the precise form of the medicine, your vet might recommend that you administer them to your dog in a range of ways. So closely follow the instructions about dosage and administration given to you by your vet.

When caring for a dog’s eyes, always make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after administering any medication.

Side Effects Of Artificial Tears For Dogs

Side effects of artificial tears in dogs are uncommon; although in some cases, dogs may experience discharge or itchiness.

In general, if you notice signs of an allergic reaction, including hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing when giving your dog any kind of medication, make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Have your vet ever recommended artificial tears for your dog? Did they help treat your dog’s eye issues? Let us know in the comments section below!