The quick answer to this question is no, you cannot use human eye drops on dogs. This is because human eye drops are not formulated for use on animals and may actually contain ingredients that could be harmful to your dog's health.
There are a number of reasons why you might be tempted to use human eye drops on your dog. Perhaps you're out of safe and effective canine eye products and need something in a pinch. Maybe you think that since both humans and dogs have eyes, the eye drop ingredients must be similar enough that it won't matter if you use the human version on your doggo.
However, it's important to remember that while all mammals have eyes, there are significant differences between human and canine eyes. For example, dogs have a third eyelid (also called a nictitating membrane) that helps to protect their eyes from debris and infection. This third eyelid is located in the inner corner of the eye and can be seen when your dog's eye is closed. Humans do not have this third eyelid.
In addition, dogs' tears are produced differently than human tears. Human tears are produced by the lacrimal gland, which is located above the outer corner of the eye. Dogs' tears are produced by the Harderian gland, which is located behind the eyeball. Because of these anatomical differences, human eye drops will not work as effectively on dogs as they do on humans.
What Should You Do If Your Dog Needs Eye Drops?
First, try to locate a product that is specifically designed for use on dogs. If you are unable to find dog-specific eye drops, you can speak to your veterinarian about using a small number of artificial tears (a human product) on your dog's eyes. Artificial tears will not be as effective as dog-specific eye drops but may help to lubricate your dog's eyes if they are dry or irritated.
When using any kind of eye drop on your dog, be sure to follow the directions carefully. Do not use more than the recommended amount, and do not use the eye drops more often than directed. If you have any concerns about using eye drops on your dog, or if your dog's eyes do not improve after using the eye drops, be sure to speak to your veterinarian.
How To Keep Your Dog's Eyes Healthy?
There are a few things you can do to help keep your dog's eyes healthy and free from infection:
- Check your dog's eyes regularly for any signs of irritation, redness, discharge, or eye boogers.
- Keep your dog's face clean by gently wiping away any dirt or debris. We recommend using Squishface Wrinkle Wipes to keep you pup clean and smelling fresh.
- If your dog goes outside, be sure to check their eyes and face for any foreign objects that may have become lodged in their fur.
- Keep your dog's eyes clean and free from tear stains. We recommend using Squishface Wrinkle Paste to remove tear stains. Click here for application instructions.
- Bring your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups and be sure to mention any changes or concerns you have about your dog's eyes.
The Bottom Line
Eye health is an important part of regular dog care. Keeping your pup's eyes healthy and clean can help to prevent infection and keep their vision clear. While you may be tempted to use human eye drops on your dog in a pinch, it's important to remember that these products are not designed for use on canine eyes and could actually do more harm than good. If your dog needs eye drops, be sure to speak to your veterinarian and use a product that is specifically designed for dogs. Wrinkle Paste and Wrinkle Wipes are a great combo when it comes to keeping your doggo's eye's clean, fresh and free of debris and tear stains.