Eye injuries are not to be trifled with – even if the eyeball itself is intact.
Hunting dogs that work in dense, possibly thorny undergrowth or dogs that are otherwise exposed to the risk of head injuries are particularly often affected.
How do you recognize it?
Bleeding injuries around the eye are easy to spot, as is a prolapsed eyeball. In the event of injuries or foreign bodies, the dog will blink, be shy of light, rub its eyes, lachrymation, and obvious expressions of pain, and often lose its appetite.
What should I do?
You should cover obvious injuries with a damp kitchen towel and take the dog to the vet immediately. If nothing is visible on the outside and the dog lets you look in the eye, you can carefully check it for foreign objects and, if necessary, try to wash them out. To do this, they carefully pour water from above onto the open eye. If that doesn’t help or if the foreign body is stuck in the eye, the dog needs to go to the vet. Avoid putting pressure on the eye if possible.