i am fostering a female 8mn chihuahua. she was born w/a bad tear duct so her eye get crusty. how do i help keep it clean

shes very friendly and very hands on. but she is SO squiggly and feisty that i dont want to hurt her when trying to clean the crust out of her one eye. im trying to keep it clean but i dont want to scratch her eye or make it swore. any tips on keeping her eye moist on the outside of it so it doesnt crust-or being able to wipe it period safely. are there good solutions to use to help?

Asked by mystic on Jul 18th 2010 Tagged eyes, health, chihuahua, cleaning, solutions in Home Grooming
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You should always use a cotton ball or swan to clean there eyes,i think what can help you is to have a friend hold her when you clean her :).

Fanny answered on 7/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 2 Report this answer


plain water. I use a damp clean wash cloth, don't use the same one each day. Gentle hand on to the collar from under her chin, stand in front of her so she can see you. Never have anyone hold her down and never have anyone hold her from behind. Good way to make her afraid of people touching her face or body. Use calm friendly movement and voice.
If her eye is this way day after day , she could have an infection or a blocked tear duct. If the tear duct is not open she will need to see a vet and the vet will need to open the duct or try to fix it for her. If left unfixed she could get a chronic eye infection, which in the long run will cost you more money.

Dieta answered on 7/19/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


I would use a clean wet wash cloth every day. Don't add anything to water, it should be fine enough at removing the crustiness.

Wyatt answered on 7/21/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer