Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weepy eyes in white dogs and animals in community service

Phil with a mild touch of "panda eyes"(NB. he is wearing a hand-me-down from a puppy who grew out if it).

Owners of little-white-fluffies around the world will be shocked to hear of the crackdown on Angel’s Eyes. For those who don’t own an LWF, here’s the rub: they often suffer from discolouration of the fur around their eyes, giving the “panda eyes” or as one person put it “raccoon eyes” appearance.

Angel’s Eyes is one of a bevvy of products recommended to keep those eyes whiter than white. In the absence of an eye condition such as dry-eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca), conjunctivitis or corneal ulcers (i.e. problems which require treatment), most of the time this is a cosmetic problem only. I personally avoid applying ANYTHING in the vicinity of Phil's eyes.

I get around it by giving my LWF a good eye-goober fur comb out with his own dedicated mascara brush (ain’t no way he’s sharing mine) and a face wash (he hates it but, thinking back to my childhood when mum washed my face, so did I – yet it didn’t kill me). I also have his little face trimmed once a fortnight. Overkill? Not if you see how rapidly eye-goobers can accumulate. That stuff gets stuck in hair, which hardens and forms what I can only describe as periocular eye-goober stalagmites and stalactites which can cause corneal trauma.

Phil after a face wash (in fact on this occasion it was an everything wash). Panda-eye effect is reduced. His appearance still may not be perfect enough to please some meticulous dog-show types, but I am not worried about that and I'm pretty sure he doesn't give two hoots.
Antimicrobial guru Scott Weese, over at the Worms and Germs blog, discussed the recent FDA crackdown on Angel’s Eyes here. He's right...in this age of awareness about antimicrobial use it seems insane to be incorporating antibiotics into such a product.

Human-animal relations and community services
For readers based in Adelaide, or those who visit, the Animals in Society Working Group is holding a workshop entitled “For the love of animals: animals, human wellbeing and community services” through the Australian Centre for Communities Service Research at Flinders University.

The workshop will bring together those researching human-animal relations in the community and community service practitioners who have an interest in how animals contribute to community health and well-being.  Anyone interested in understanding more about how human-animal bonds can be recognised, valued and supported in a range of community services is welcome to attend.

The one-day workshop, at $30 for employed or just $10 for students, will be held on September 30 from 9am-5pm. You can read more about speakers or register here.