Thursday, August 14, 2008

How long does it take for puppies to open up their eyes?

When puppies are born they are, like humans, very vulnerable and need a lot of love and attention. We received a question this week asking us 'how long does it take for puppies to open their eyes after they are born?' - a great question for potential puppy breeders or for dog owners whose pups are becoming mommies this season!

Puppies can take anywhere between one week and two weeks to open up their eyes - until this time they will rely on their mother and their sense of smell to get around and to attend to their most vital needs: food, sleep and mom.

When your puppy first opens his eyes they will be blue. They will then change and become the more permanent colour, often brown, green or a mixture of the two. If you notice that there is drainage seeping from your puppy's eyes then you need to take a soft washcloth that has been dipped in some warm water and very gently wipe away the drainage with an extra soft touch. Check your puppy's eyes often to make sure that there is no drainage and that they comfortably respond to gentle visual stimuli such as moving a toy in front of them and seeing whether they follow it.