Preventing Dog Eye Injuries with Sunglasses
Whether you’re taking a funny picture or dressing up your dog for an event, dog sunglasses can be a cute accessory to complete any outfit. Did you know that sunglasses can have medical benefits, too? Read on to discover why dog sunglasses are one of the best accessories you can give your beloved pooches.
Common eye injuries and conditions
Understanding why your dog should wear sunglasses involves an understanding of eyecare and injuries. Let’s take a closer look at some of these situations.
Scratches and irritation
It’s really easy for your dog to get dirt or dust stuck in its eye. Your dog’s attempts at dislodging it could mean excessive scratching or rubbing, which can cause the debris to scratch your dog’s eyes.
Preventing these irritants from getting in your dog’s eye in the first place is key. Providing well-fitted sunglasses whenever your dog goes out is a great (and fashionable) way to protect its eyes!
Glaucoma is an eye condition that occurs when inadequate drainage creates abnormal pressure against your dog’s eyes. This can cause significant pain for your dog and impair its everyday life. Typically, glaucoma is caused by preexisting diseases, but dirt or debris can also block the drainage areas and cause glaucoma complications.
According to Veterinary Partner, dogs develop glaucoma far more frequently than other pets. This makes it even more important for you to protect your dog’s eyes whenever you go out. Fitting dog sunglasses can be a great preventative measure to take.
Cataracts are often found in much older dogs. You might also find a younger dog suffering from cataracts due to some kind of trauma to the eye. Wearing sunglasses can help to prevent trauma-related cataracts in your younger dogs.
How to train your dog to wear sunglasses
Knowing that your dog may need sunglasses is a good first step. However, getting them to wear these sunglasses all the time can become quite a hassle. Here are a few tips on how to train your dog to wear their prescribed sunglasses.
Studies conducted by the Frontiers in Veterinary Science journal found that positive reinforcement is one of the most effective tools in teaching your dog new tricks. If you want your dog to wear their prescription sunglasses without shaking them off, try praising them and offering them treats for their efforts.
You may want to start by having them wear their sunglasses or protective gear for short time periods during the day. Rewarding your dog for wearing their sunglasses without a fuss will quickly teach them that wearing sunglasses can be fun.
You can later extend the amount of time they wear the sunglasses (i.e., 5 to 30 minutes) until they become comfortable wearing them anytime.
Consult a veterinarian
You never want to place prescription sunglasses meant for humans on your dog. These will not fit their faces as well and will be much easier for them to shake off and lose.
At the end of the day, you should always discuss any changes you want to make to your dog’s lifestyle with your veterinarian. They can provide you with the best recommendations for your unique pet. Schedule an online virtual care appointment with your veterinarian to discuss what kinds of protective eyewear are best for your dog and its conditions.