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What do I do if I get dawn dish soap in my cats eye

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What do I do if I get dawn dish soap in my cats eye?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.
Hello.

It sounds like you have done what I would do. The soap will burn the eyes and cause redness, but it shouldn't cause anything severe.

You can first rinse the eyes out with water and then a saline eye solution. I would rinse them out hourly for 4-6 hours and then every 4-6 hours for 24-48 hours.

You can also use artificial tear drops for 3-5 days 3-4 times daily. One drop in each eye.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Should I use anything like Terramycin?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.
If you have some topical antibiotics, it wouldn't hurt to use them twice daily for 5-7 days to help prevent an infection. They're not needed, but it won't hurt.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Should I use anything like Terramycin?
I read on the poison control center for children that it can cause an ulcerated cornea?
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.
It's possible to cause an ulcer of the cornea, but 9 times out of 10 that is not the case. Usually it just causes a type of conjunctivitis where the eyes are irritated and red.

Yes, you can use the Terramysin as I stated in the previous post.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you:-)
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 5 years ago.
You're very welcome.