How to Clean the Eye of a Poodle

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Poodles are beautiful dogs, and they can be very lovable household pets or show dogs. Either way, proper grooming is a very important part of caring for your poodle. A common problem that must be addressed when grooming a poodle is the eyes. Gunk builds up in the dog's eyes and it can be unsightly and even dangerous. Bacteria can build up in the eyes and spread. It is important to learn how to properly clean your poodle's eyes to prevent bacterial infections and crud build-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Warm water
  • Clean, dry towel

Calm your dog so that you can clean its eyes without a struggle or excess movement. If your dog is antsy, it may move and get poked in the eye.

Dip a cotton swab in some warm water and allow the excess water to drip off so that the swab is wet but no longer dripping. Dripping water may irritate your dog, cause it to blink, or cause it to back away.

Rub the cotton swab along the corner of the eye to remove the build-up. Do not allow the swab to touch the dog's eyeball, as it will cause irritation and possible scratching.

Repeat the same process (with a new cotton swab each time) until the build-up is removed around both eyes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remove build-up regularly to avoid having to remove heavy amounts of crud each time. Keep an eye on your dog and watch for build-up. If it is promptly removed it will be easier to get rid of than if it has dried on.

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