The Miniature Schnauzer is a feisty and playful dog. It tends to be overly active at times and often gets hurt in the process. One should be extremely careful while playing with it.
The most common problem that a Miniature Schnauzer owner faces while playing with his dog is when the dog hurts himself in the face and even worse, in the eyes.
The dog should never be allowed to hang his head outside the window because flying debris and even insects can harm his vision.
If the dog gathers dirt in his eyes, a concoction of 2 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt should be the perfect solution. Without touching his eyes, a cotton swab should be dipped into the concoction, and his eyes can be effectively cleaned with the same. Avoid eye drops unless prescribed by the vet.
Powders and soaps are to be completely avoided, and trimming and clipping the hair around the eyes can go a long way in preventing irritation and eye infection.
Excess mucus or tearing, cataract, and glaucoma are some of the eye ailments seen to affect a Miniature Schnauzer. But the most common among all ailments is dry eye.
It sounds like dry eye syndrome is when the dog’s eyes become dry, and he suffers from irritation.
According to vets, the Miniature Schnauzer suffers from dry eyes because the dog’s immune system mistakes its tear glands for a foreign object that needs to be destroyed. When the tear glands cannot produce adequate moisture to combat the immune system’s attack, the eyes become drier and drier.
Dry eye often leads to injured corneas, infections, and even blindness. The most common symptoms are rubbing eyes, reddened eyes, yellow discharge, squinting, and even cloudiness of vision.
This ailment is more rampant in middle-aged to senior dogs as compared to the younger ones.
When the first signs of dry eyes are noticed, one should immediately rush his Miniature Schnauzer to the veterinarian before conducting any treatment of his own.