Dog Eye Irritation from Hand Soap
(Los Angeles, CA)
Sheila's eye, open -1
Late last night I used a conditioning hand soap with lavender essential oil in it on my dog b/c I heard that washing your pet with lavender scent can help repel pests (we hike a lot). I was putting some of the liquid soap into my hand while my dog was looking up at me in the bathtub, and a tiny bit leaked through my fingers and into her eye!
I grabbed the small container I use to wash her with, stuck it under the faucet and dumped clear water several times over the eye, but not before she had rubbed it a few times with her paw. Upon rinsing her off, I washed her eye off again with a washcloth, as she was still squinting.
This morning, she woke up and it was all puffy, red and swollen. The cornea itself is fine, she can see, it's just the flesh around the eye that is really red and puffed. I ran to the pharmacy and used some saline eye wash on her.
I'm horrified. I am not sure whether I should take her to the vet or if it's something that the eye needs to flush out naturally.
She can open it, so it's not completely swollen shut, and she's stopped rubbing it since I applied the solution.
I feel like a horrible person. My dog is the most important thing to me in my life. Please help!
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