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Applying Eye Ointments to Cats

cat_-_applying_eye_drops_to_catsThe proper administration of eye medications is essential for your cat's prompt recovery. Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to avoid contamination and prevent the spread of infection. Before you begin, read the ointment label so you understand the instructions.

What advice do you have for applying ointment to my cat’s eye?

Here are some step-by-step instructions to make administering your cat’s eye ointment easier:

Key Phrase: Make sure you do not touch the eye’s surface with the ointment tube.

The cat will blink, and the warmth of the eyeball should help melt the ointment and spread it over the surface of the eye. It is normal to see the ointment accumulate in the corners of the eye after administration.

Cats will commonly blink frequently or paw at the eye after ointment has been applied. If this reaction persists or if the eye appears more inflamed or red after the medication has been administered, consult with your veterinarian.

I’m concerned that my cat won’t sit still long enough for me to apply the ointment. Do you have any additional tips that might help keep her calm?

What is my takeaway message?

If you have any questions, please contact your veterinarian immediately. If your cat’s eye(s) appear severely inflamed or painful, or if the condition appears to worsen, do not delay in seeking veterinary medical advice.

This client information sheet is based on material written by Ernest Ward, DVM.
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