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Baggins' Bites: Are Gunky Eyes a Problem?
May 18, 2011
Dear Dog Lover,

If eyes are the windows to the soul, they can also tell you a lot about your health. If you’ve ever looked at your eyes when you’re sick, you know they don’t look as bright and healthy as when you’re feeling great.

Your dog is the same way.

When my Eskie, Baggins had cancer, I spent his last months looking at his eyes and seeing the pain there. I would quietly ask him to let me know when it was “time” and he agreed.

On days he felt better, like when he had his first chemo treatment, his eyes were clear again. On bad days they were filmy. I can’t imagine what he was feeling.

Of course, there are many reasons your dog could have eye issues.

It could be a nothing- just a little dirt in the eye. Or, something serious like glaucoma.

Here are a few other concerns:

If you dog consistently has “gunky” eyes—see your vet. Especially if it’s white, green or yellowish. It could be a symptom of a deeper problem.

If your dog's eyes are swollen or red—again, see your vet. He could have a scratched cornea or a thorn lodged in there. Early treatment can save eyesight--and eyes!

According to veterinarian Dr. Jones the most common reasons for red, irritated eyes are bacterial conjunctivitis, bacterial infection in the eye tissue or allergic conjunctivitis.

In these cases, simple eye drops like people use can help alleviate the discomfort temporarily.

Sure, a dog can have momentary winking because he’s gotten a bit of dirt in it in which case the natural tearing will probably take care of it. Or, you can help him by cleaning his eye with a damp cloth and using some type of artificial tears to help wash the debris out.

Here are 2 Other Ideas for a Natural Eyewash:

Dr. Jones, in his book, Veterinary Secrets Revealed says you can use black tea to help soothe and heal irritated eyes.

The reason is black tea has tannins in it, which are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial so they kill the bacteria.

According to Dr. Andrew Jones, brew up a cup of strong tea, let it cool a bit and then use an eye dropper to put 3-4 drops into the eye. Do this 3 times a day.

Make fresh tea each time so it’s not contaminated!

You should see an improvement in your dog’s eye after a few rounds of this treatment.

2—An herbal remedy is EyeBright (Euphrasia) –Dr. Jones suggests mixing 5 drops of this in ½ cup of a saline solution and putting two drops in your dog’s eye twice a day for 5-7 days.

In his book, he also recommends at home acupressure treatments you can do on your pet and three homeopathic treatments just for eyes. You can have a veterinarian's knowledge right at your fingertips!


What is the shelf life on your homemade dog treats. Should they be kept in the fridge?

Thanks! :)


Dear Holly,

It depends on the moisture content of the treats.

In other words, wetter treats (like pumpkin muffins) definitely need to be refrigerated to last more than a couple of days.

Drier treats like the Peanut Butter Goodness treats can last a week or so at room temperature but they'll last months in the refrigerator.

Happy Baking!

P.S. I do not have the answer to extending the shelf life of fresh baked goods for long periods of time. I suspect that's a trade secret of commercial bakers and I'm not one! :)

Yours in Treats and Health,

Jen & Sammy the best in dog treat recipes

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