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Applying Eye Drops to Cats

The proper administration of eye medication is critical in helping your cat quickly recover from an eye injury or infection. Make sure you have carefully read the drug label and understand the prescription instructions. If you have any questions, contact your veterinarian for clarification prior to administering any medication.


"Wash your hands before and after administering the medication to prevent contamination and/or the potential spread of infection."


Wash your hands before and after administering the medication to prevent contamination or the potential spread of infection. Be sure to keep the eye medication’s applicator tip clean and do not allow it to contact the cat, the surface of the eye, eyelids, or any other surface. If this occurs, clean the tip by wiping it off with a clean cloth, and ask your veterinarian for specific cleaning instructions.


If your cat's eye is painful, you may need to have someone assist you with restraint. Usually, as the treatment begins to take effect, the pain lessens and assistance becomes less necessary.


Here are some helpful tips and step-by-step instructions to make administering your cat's eye medications easier:

 

Ernest Ward, DVM
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