Can dog use human eye drops??

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Old 02-12-07, 09:56 AM
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My dog seemed to have scratched her eye and it seems to irritate her. Can I use my "Clear Eye" eye drops on her?? Or do I need to go to the vet and get doggy eye drops??

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Old 02-12-07, 11:20 AM
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Go to the vet. While some drugs can be used on critters and humans, the dosages can vary greatly. And some common OTC human drugs can kill a pet or cause peramanent damage, even in small dosages.

Disclaimer: while I worked in a vet's office for a short time, I am not a trained medical or veterinary person. The info above is simply based on what I saw and heard from the front desk :-)
 
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Also- that product is not the correct product for that application

To answer the title question, yes you CAN use human eye drops in dogs
But it's much better to go to a vet and get the correct product dosed correctly
They may even suggest a "human" product


Specifically about "Clear Eyes", no, don't use that on any pet
And it's not the right thing for the dog's problem anyway (or a human with the same problem)
It contains chemicals that are not particularly good for scratched eyes
 
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Old 02-13-07, 12:39 PM
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Thanks! I'm taking her to the vet today.

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I suspect he will prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection. My lab had the same problem and required a special eye drop from the vet.
 
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Old 02-13-07, 06:12 PM
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As mentioned before, _Some_ human products can be used on dogs, however, the Clear Eyes may have ingrediants that could cause issues and even more damage.

What sounds like a corneal abrasion is best treated as suggested by your vet. Common treatments include tear replacement to be sure the eye stays moist, and antibiotic opthalmic ointment specifically for canines.

One thing to watch is to be sure the dog doesn't worry the eye overly much. If needed your vet can supply an Elizabethan Collar, to help keep the dog from scratching or rubbing at the eye.

Good luck and keep us posted.
 
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The vet gave me some drops (3X daily) and ointment (1x daily) and I have to take her back in 2 weeks for a re-exam. If that doesn't cure it, there is a procedure that they can do where they scrape the eye to get it to heal itself.

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Glad to hear your pup is on the mend!
 
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Thanks for getting back to us. I sure hope she mends quickly and the additonal procedure isn't necessary. I had that done to me and needed alot of pain meds for several days after. It is very painful.

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Sweetboy, what did the soctor say about human eye drops? Go or No Go?
 
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Vet says to stay away from the human eye drops because it all depends what the ingredients are, so to be on the safe side. I got drops from the Vet for dogs.
 
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