Something as innocent as letting your dog hang its head out of the car window can be dangerous. Check out our 5 pet care tips on basic eye care for your dog.

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When it comes to pet care, pet lovers and their doggie sitters must not ignore proper eye care and safety. Some dog owners forget the little things when it comes to grooming their pet which can result in health problems in the future. Below are a few puppy eye-care pointers.
1. It is important for pet lovers to guard their puppy's eyes from injury so be sure to be overly conscious of your puppy's head when you are playing games that have potential consequences for injury to the eyes. So if any doggie sitters or pet lovers are playing with the dog, such as kicking a ball around, playing fetch with a stick or even just play-wrestling with your hands, be sure to be extra cautious.
2. Each and every morning, examine your dog's eyes and wipe away any of that "morning crust" that builds up overnight. If this crust is left unchecked and builds up, your puppy can experience a very irritating and painful reaction. Use warm water and a soft cloth to wipe the eyes clean.
3. If your dog has very long hair because of his breed type, do your best to trim around his eyes. I realize that there are some breeds out there who are supposed to have long hair covering or overlapping the eyes, but this can cause irritation if the hair is constantly rubbing inside of the eyeball.  Just use your best judgment and try to err on the side of your dog's health as opposed to his appearance.
4. When bathing your dog, try to avoid squirting shampoo and flea chemicals directly on top of his head. Even if you are being extremely careful, there is always a chance that some of this material will spray in his eyes. Gently rub the shampoo into your hand and then over your dog's scalp and surrounding face areas. This will avoid potential eye irritation.
5. When bringing your dog along for a car ride, avoid the temptation to let him hang his head out of the window. As pet lovers, we know it is a joy to watch your pet having so much fun as you are driving along, but there have been many serious eye injuries, and even the loss of an eyeball due to a small pebble or rock hitting the dog's face. I don't know about you, but that is not something I would want to risk at all.

So whether you’re doggie sitting for someone or looking after your own pet, be sure to take onboard some of this advice and keep your dog’s eyes out of harm’s way.

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