1. The first thing that you should do is to make sure that the issue is not caused by a health issue. Infection, tear ducts issue and other problems can be the cause and this may be a more serious
After having your Boxer checked out by a reputable and experienced veterinarian you can then rest assured that your Boxer's eye boogers, while a nuisance, are not affecting his or her health. If your puppy
or dog has any of the above signs of "what is not normal", do be sure to take them for a checkup.
If the veterinarian diagnoses this as an allergy
issue, and particularly if you notice that they increase during certain times of the year or under certain circumstances (after the lawn has been cut, etc), it may be decided that an allergy medication such as Benedryl is the best course of action.
This should be overseen by the veterinarian. It can cause mild drowsiness and in some cases dry mouth. For most dogs, it is best to give it to them at meal time to prevent possible nausea. Typical dosing for canines is 1 milligram per 1 pound of the dog's weight 3 times per day (every 8 hrs).
The liquid variety has a high alcohol content and for that reason, the pill form is given to canines.
Cleaning the eye area is important. If the Boxer's eye boogers are left alone, they can accumulate and then settle into the folds of the skin. At that point, they will begin to smell and infection can set in.
You will also want to clean your dog's eyes simply to keep the boogers at bay so that they do not interfere with vision and so that they do not rub off on you, your furniture or any other items in the home.
When you wipe the eyes, it should involve 2 steps: wiping with a damp cloth and then a 2nd wiping with a dry cloth. Why? Because if you are wiping with a wet cloth throughout the day, the hairs on the face will remain damp all day and that in itself can keep wrinkles damp which can lead to a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
You can use hypoallergenic baby wipes or canine grooming wipes and soft paper towels for the drying part. If you are not sure which grooming wipes to use, look to "Grooming" in the Boxer Dog Specialty Shoppe
You can set up a schedule, which makes it easier. An owner could spend the whole day wiping them away, so it is best to try to get into a regular routine and not stress about the times in-between.
It can help to simply set up the wipes and paper towels in 1 spot, such as the kitchen counter. A good example of a schedule for a puppy would be after each meal times (3 times per day). A good example for an adult dog would be 3 times per day: after waking in the morning, when you get home from work and after your evening walk together. Choose what works best for you.