Treatment of secretions from the eyes in cats should be carried out in accordance with the diagnosis. The goal of any treatment is to eliminate the cause of the appearance of a suspicious symptom, regardless of how dangerous it is. After all, the same allergy, a foreign body in the eye, or defects in the structure of the tear-drop system, bring anxiety to the animal and prevent it from living a happy life.
In addition, where the moisture accumulates, dust and dirt settle, the microbes accumulate rapidly and multiply, which can be brought into the eye by the paw, causing its inflammation. For this reason, it is not worth to abandon the operation that will help to remove eye irritation caused by the foreign body entering the lumen of the lacrimal passages or by improper growth of the eyelashes, or restore the function of lacrimal points and tubules, even if the lachrymation does not bother the pet.
If we are talking about the effect of allergens, the dust of microparticles caught in the eye of an animal, then the only effective way to combat them is washing the eyes. As a washing liquid, doctors recommend using purified or boiled water, saline, herbal tea, tea brew. As for medicinal herbs, it is better to brew chamomile, because it has a good anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect, necessary for irritation.
As an antiseptic, you can use solutions of furacilin, potassium permanganate (manganese), boric acid. Half a cup of water should take 1 tsp. With a slide of boric acid in powder or 1 tablet of furacilin. As for potassium permanganate, special care must be taken with it. The solution should be light pink color without grains floating in it. Use a solution of manganese can only after the complete dissolution of the powder.
Do not use cold or too hot liquid. Ideally, the washing solution should be warm. For the procedure, it would be good to store cotton wool discs or prepare dense cotton wool swabs, but it is impossible to touch dry eyes with the cotton wool to the eyes of the animal, so as not to damage the cells of the eye due to sticking. Cotton buds, although they seem more comfortable, but can easily injure the eye of a twitching animal, so it is not recommended to use them for eye treatment.
Since we are talking about washing the eyes to remove the irritant and possible infection, we do not just rub the eyes of the animal, but squeeze out the liquid from the moistened swab into the eyeball and let it wash the cornea, the area after the eyelids, and the conjunctiva. If it is not a serious pathology, this will be enough.
If the secretions are dense and sticky or there is a discharge of pus from the eyes, with the help of antiseptics and anti-inflammatory solutions we perform medical and hygienic procedures somewhat differently. When the ciliated cilia moistened in a solution with a cotton swab, it is easy to squeeze the cat's eye on the line of growth of the eyelashes, starting from the nose several times until we remove the sticky crusts, and then rinse the eye completely.
If not only the cilia, but also the eyelids, which happens with blepharitis or strong souring of the eyes, are coalesced, one should not try to forcefully open the eyes of the animal. It is necessary to drip a warm antiseptic solution on a closed eye, or hold a moistened cotton swab on the eye, so that the dried out depletion becomes depleted, and the cat itself could open the eye. After that, rub and rinse the eye from mucus and pus.
By rubbing cat eyes, we try to use a separate swab for each eye, and it is better to prepare several tampons for each eye to avoid the spread of infection to healthy tissues.
It should be understood that the washing procedure, like other medical manipulations, is unlikely to please the pet. In addition, many cats do not have a love for water and are afraid of even the simplest water procedures. It's possible to explain your good intentions indefinitely for a long time, but he still will not sit at attention while washing, he'll have to be held tightly by his paws or even swaddled, so that the animal does not hurt himself and others.
If the animal is calm, there is a chance to cope on its own. Otherwise, it is better to call for help from other family members or carry out manipulations in the conditions of a veterinary clinic.
It is not difficult to guess that with infection of the eyes, rubbing and rinsing are not the main procedures and do not provide a complete cure. They are conducted to prepare the patient's eye for the administration of the medicine. It can be anti-inflammatory, regenerating and antibacterial ointments and solutions in the form of drops, which are prescribed by the veterinarian after the study on the microflora. In severe cases, if the infection has gone into the body, systemic treatment can be prescribed: taking oral drugs and injecting antibiotics.
A few tips for using outdoor products:
- Drops are most conveniently buried in the eye of the pet with a pipette, lifting the cat's head up and aiming at the eyeball.
- Ointment slightly warmed up for the lower eyelid. To make it spread better, you can massage your animal's eyelids lightly, but do not get your fingers in the eye.
- Even if the animal understands that you wish him well and are trying to heal, it will be difficult for him to cope with himself and patiently endure the torment. Therefore, any treatment procedures are also best carried out together, so that one person holds the animal, and the other handles his treatment.
Another important point is the observance of personal hygiene. Procedures should be carried out with cleanly washed hands. But you should try not to touch your naked eye with your bare hand. Do not touch your face and eyes at this time, because infectious diseases are very contagious and can easily go to humans. After the end of medical manipulations, you need to wash your hands with soap and wipe with antiseptic.
If the cat's eye is peeling off because of an insect or other small but not sharp particle that has fallen under the eyelid, it can be removed by the cat owner himself, using a twisted cotton disc and antiseptic solutions. Do this carefully so as not to harm the animal. If the owner is not sure of his abilities or if the removal of the foreign body has not brought relief to the animal (the eye continues to water, blushed, hurts and the animal is worried), it is necessary to seek medical help.