Dislocation of one or both eyeballs is a common problem in dogs with large, bulging eyes like Boston Terriers, Maltese, Pekingese, Pugs, and sometimes spaniels because their eye sockets are very shallow. Shortly after the eye is dislocated, swelling behind the eye makes it extremely difficult to return the eyeball to its normal position. Protect the injured eye. Place a gauze pad or lint free cloth soaked with lukewarm contact lens solution over the dog's eye. If you don't have the solution, use lukewarm tap water. Continue to moisturize the pad with a spray bottle adjusting the nozzle so the spray is a mist and not a single blast and don't remove the pad from the dog's eye until you get to the ER or vet. If the dog resists the gauze dressing, use the spray bottle with contact lens solution and gently spray the eye every minute until you arrive at the ER or vet.
If your vet is not available or you can't get there within 30 minutes, you are going to have to reset the eyeball yourself. One person needs to restrain and hold the dog and the other person needs to reposition the eye.
First and foremost, wash your hands. Apply a generous amount of K-Y Jelly or petroleum jelly to the eyeball--the more lubricated it is, the better the chance of replacement. Try using a moistened cotton swab to gently ease the lid edges out, then grasp them with your fingers. Give the lid edges a strong pull forward. The lids will wrap around the eye and snap it back into place. If you are unsuccessful, have someone help you hold the lid edges while you gently push on the eye with a clean finger.
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