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Medicating the Eye

To apply eye drops to your pet's eye, lift the muzzle upward with one hand and drip the medication from above with the other. It is helpful to rest the heel of the hand that is holding the bottle on the animal's forehead so that the bottle does not inadvertently touch the animal's eye. Let the medicine drip from a height of at least 1 inch, taking care not to touch the tip of the bottle to the fur.

Remember that only one or two drops are needed at any one treatment. If you are using more than one kind of medicated eye drop, space the treatments by at least 5 to 10 minutes rather than applying both medications to the eye at once, so that each medicine will get a chance to be absorbed.

When applying ointment, be careful to use only a small amount because a long strand can be irritating. Apply it to the inner corner of the eye or to the white part of the eye, known as the sclera, and then gently rub the eyelid over the eye to distribute the medicine. It may be helpful to rest your hand on your pet's forehead to steady yourself as described above for eye drops.

If you are using both eye drops and ointment, apply the eye drops first, spaced at 5 to 10 minute intervals if you are using more than one eye drop medication, and wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying the ointment.