Homemade eyewash solution for dogs is a good thing to keep on hand. It is useful if your dog gets chemicals or debris in her eyes. Dripping flea dips and sprays are common eye irritants that trouble dogs. A good saline eyewash will bring soothing relief to your pet and help prevent further damage to the eye.
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Things you need
- Eye dropper
- 473 ml (1 pint) mason jar with a lid
- 473 ml (1 pint) pint sterilised water
- 1/2 teaspoon plain salt
- 5.7 litre (6 quart) stock pan
- Long tongs
- Cooling rack
In your stock pan, bring 4 litres of water to a boil.
With the long tongs, place your pint jar into the boiling water. Make sure it is completely submerged.
Let it boil for one minute.
Use the tongs to remove the jar from the water and place it on the cooling rack to cool. It will take 10 minutes for it to cool completely.
Drop the lid in the boiling water and boil it for one minute. Remove it to the cooling rack as well.
Fill the cooled jar with sterilised water. Leave 5 cm (2 inches) of empty space at the top of the jar.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of plain, non-iodised salt to the sterilised water.
Screw the lid down tightly on the jar.
Shake the solution for one minute or until the salt is completely dissolved.
Use the eyedropper to apply the solution to your dog's eye. Five or six drops per eye should be enough to cleanse the eye.
Tips and warnings
- Plain castor oil can be used to remove visible debris from your dogs eyes. Use a separate eye dropper and apply three to four drops of oil per eye. Follow with the eye cleanser solution.
- This solution needs to be used at room temperature. It can be stored in the refrigerator for one month, but make sure it warms to room temperature before use.
- Cold solution will cause your dog pain and discomfort.
- Celandine, Golden Seal and Rue oil can be added at a rate of one drop of each oil per 437 ml (1 pint) of eyewash solution. These herbs add additional cleansing and antiseptic benefits.
- Always sterilise the storage jar. This will keep bacteria from getting into your solution.
- Never use iodised salt. Iodine can injure your dog's eye.
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