How to Treat a Dog Skin Infection Under the Eyes

by Doreen
(Luqa Malta )

Reader Question: Dog Skin Infection Treatment Under the Eyes

I have a 2-year-old Shih Tzu and the groomer told me that she has a little infection in the skin under her eyes near and between the nose. It is a little bit red and she said that it is a bit smelly.

Can I use Canesten or Trovacort or aloe vera or apple cider, the things that I have at home?


Suggestions From Our Veterinarian on How to Treat a Dog Skin Infection Under the Eyes


Does your dog routinely have an accumulation of tears under her eyes? Partially dried tears may look a little goopy and the fur could be stained a reddish-brown color. If so, it's not unusual for the chronic dampness that results to irritate the underlying skin. If that is what's going on, your best option is to have your groomer keep the hair trimmed short around your dog's eyes and to wipe the area a few times a day with a cloth dampened in warm water or an eye cleaning solution. Do not use any of the medications or other substances you mentioned around your dog's eyes. They could be extremely irritating to the delicate structures in that area.

If your dog is making more tears than she used to, her eyes are bothering her, or her skin fails to improve over time, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM

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