Cockapoo Eye Care

Our eyes are our windows to the world, but for Cockapoos and all dogs, being able to view the world around them is more than an intake of information–our dog’s eyes are essential tools for survival and communication.

It would be best if you created a routine to double-check everything is as it should be with your furry friend’s eyes. Say once a week is ideal.

Regular home eye exams help you notice problems such as redness, discharge, and cloudiness, alerting you to a potential health issue.

 Let’s look at a few ways to keep your pup’s bright eyes healthy and his sight sharp.

How To Clean Out Cockapoo Eyes

Here are a few simple tips on how to care for your Cockapoo’s cute and innocent eyes:

  • Trim the hair regularly so that it does not touch or scratch your Cockapoo’s eyes. 
  • Keep the corners of your dog’s eyes clean by using an appropriate eyewash. It will help if you clean any accumulated mucus immediately with a damp cotton ball.
  • If your dog’s eyes are inflamed or any foreign matter caught in his eyes, it will make his eyes water, and they will try to scratch it away. Very gently check their eyes, use a mild eyewash to clean them, and then gently wipe with a soft cloth. If the eyes do not get better in a few hours, consult your veterinarian immediately.
  • Accidents do happen, so try to prevent your Cockapoo from getting into a fight with other dogs as this can cause severe injuries to their eyes.

How Do I Know If My Cockapoo Has An Eye Infection?

When your Cockapoo is calm, bring your dog to a well-lit place in the room and look into their eyes. The eyes should be clear, pupils should be the same size, and your dog should be able to keep both eyes open. Excessive blinking, crustiness, discharge, or redness of the sclera (white of the eye) might show a problem.

My Cockapoo Has An Eye Infection

With clean hands and using your thumb to gently pull down your dog’s lower eyelid, look at the conjunctiva (the inner lining of the eyelid). It should be a healthy pink, not red or white.

Roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining with your thumb. It should be pink, not red or white, and eyelashes shouldn’t be rubbing against the surface of the eye.

Cockapoo Eye Infection Symptoms

 Eye problems can be uncomfortable or even downright painful for your pup.

 These behaviors of blinking, avoiding touch around their head, pawing or rubbing at their eyes, and keeping eyes closed are signs that your best furry friend may need medical attention for their eyes.

Every pup-parent should know the following signs that could mean their Cockapoo companion has an eye problem:

  •  Green or yellow discharge
  • Crusting around the eye
  • Excessive Tearing or tear-stained hair
  • Red, inflamed inner eyelid
  • Constant blinking or holding eye closed
  • Cloudiness or change in color
  • Eyes bulging from their eye sockets
  • Visible third eyelid
  • Different pupil sizes

What To Do For A Cockapoo Eye Infection

Here’s how to clean a dog’s eye crust if it needs cleaning; only use a cotton ball moistened with warm water. Using a fresh cotton ball for each eye, start at the corner and wipe outward to remove any crusting or discharge. Be careful not to touch the surface of the eye.

 If the discharge is a constant problem, it’s an excellent idea to take your furry family member for a veterinary checkup.

Breeds like the Cockapoo often have hair that can block their vision and irritate their eyes.

 If your pup is comfortable and patient with home grooming, you can use a pair of rounded, blunt tip scissors to trim the hair around the eyes–or you can have a professional groomer do it. 

When bathing, keep soap and conditioner out of their eye area, too–it’s painful and irritating.

Cockapoo Hanging Out Of The Car Window

 Does your dog love sticking their head out the window on those long car trips?

 Remember the vehicle’s speed, combined with debris, dirt, gravel, or insects, could cause severe damage to your pup’s eyes.

Instead, keep your furry friend inside the car during travel, though you can still crack open those windows to allow fresh air into the vehicle.

However, if your Cockapoo has to hang his head out the window or you have an open top vehicle, why not get your best friend a pair of doggy goggles? Providing your Cockapoo is happy wearing goggles it’s an excellent solution. I recommend these doggy goggles.

Cockapoo Congenital Eye Conditions

 Cockapoos can be disposed towards chronic or congenital eye problems, so it’s an excellent idea to research your potential pup’s parents before adoption.

Glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, and dry eye are a few more severe and genetically linked eye diseases.

Taking extra care with these pups and scheduling regular veterinary checkups can help to prevent or pinpoint problems as early as possible.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, or PRA, is a condition where the dog loses its vision gradually due to the progressive death of the cells in the retina. There are two types of PRA:

  • The first type develops within one year from birth and is most common in the miniature long-haired variety.
  • The second type of PRA can affect any Cockapoo when they are about four years of age. 

One of the early symptoms of this condition is night blindness which slowly develops into daytime blindness. No effective treatment is available for this condition.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca or KCS is a condition where the ability to produce tears reduces to such an extent that the eyes’ surface becomes very dry. Dry eyes are susceptible to scarring and infections. In some cases, adverse reactions to medications can also cause this condition. Prescription drops are available to treat this problem.

A cataract is a thin, hazy lining that develops on the lens of your dog’s eyes, making them look opaque or milky. This condition occurs when there is an imbalance in the calcium and water levels present in the eyes. When the cataract progresses and envelops the entire lens, it causes total blindness. Your vet may recommend Surgical procedures to remove cataracts.

When purchasing a Cockapoo or any other puppy, it is prudent to demand a certificate that provides clearance for any inherited or other eye conditions in both parents. 

Final Thoughts 

Some Cockapoos can be disposed towards chronic or congenital eye problems, so it’s an excellent idea to research your potential pup’s parents before adoption.

Glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, and dry eye are a few more severe and genetically linked eye diseases.

Taking extra care with these pups and scheduling regular veterinary checkups can help to prevent or pinpoint problems as early as possible.