Persian cats suffer with a lot of mucus around the eye area and as a result this can actually stain the fur. I have witnessed this in my elder two cats at my Mums house so therefore when Duke began to get 'gunky eyes' I decided to have a look online and see if there was anything I could get to help the situation. I was cleaning his eyes with a tissue but the staining was annoying me as he is grey and he was the only grey one I could find (in total travelling around 600 miles to get him!) Therefore, I don't want him having brown patches around his eyes!
I came across these Bob Martin wipes on Pet Supermarket where they cost me something like £2.45 for 30 wipes. I thought this was a reasonable price so I had no hesitation in buying some.
These come in a small pouch with a resealable cover. The packaging has changed ever so slightly from the picture above but is still similar with red bands at the top and bottom and a light blue colour and pictures of a cat and dog.
The wipes themselves are quite small but you are only using them on a small area so this doesn't matter. I would say that they are just under half the size of a baby wipe.
The wipes are holding a good amount of moisture. They are not dripping wet but are not too dry either. They are quite thick and have a very soft surface area.
These are designed for eyes and ears but I tend to just use them for eyes as Duke keeps his ears sparkling! They work well to remove any build up around his eyes and work on both dried and moist gunk! You only require one quick wipe of these to remove all of the stuff which is great as pets tend to be less than patient when you are prodding round near their eyes.
I have used these on the ears but these weren't particularly dirty in the first place I just decided to give them a quick freshen up and they worked well.
The wipes clean very well but unfortunately they don't remove existing stains fully but they do help to fade them. They don't claim to remove stains so really this is an added bonus.
Both me and Duke like these wipes. They work well and are soft so they are not uncomfortable for him at all. They are a perfect size for eyes and ears too.
We like these and would definitely recommend them.
Bob Martin Ear and Eye Wipes
These wipes are specially designed to gently clean pets. They are suitable for both cats and dogs and each wipe contains a mild cleansing lotion designed to remove any dirt from around your pets eyes, or remove wax from inside/around their ears. The wipes are made by Bob Martin, a company who manufacture and sell a range of pet accessories including worming treatment, shampoo and so on. Bob Martin is a high quality brand that I know I can trust; all of the products I have purchased (eg worming tablets and flea treatments) have been effective and my dogs have never had a bad reaction to any of the products. Although Bob Martin products are on the higher end of the price scale, they're really good quality. The wipes come in packs of thirty which is a generous amount and one pack lasts for 2-3 weeks depending on whether my dogs eyes are in a bad way; it varies a lot and some days they look fine and others they're gunky and sore. If I use one I usually use both sides of each wipe to get the most out of each one, as they're not the cheapest!
Price and Availability
These wipes vary in price but I paid £2.49 for a pack of thirty, and I purchased them from Tesco's. I have just had a quick browse online to see if there is any shops that sell them for cheaper and I can see that a majority of pet retailer websites sell these at 50p-80p less than the RRP. They are also available from Amazon but for some reason the price is more than double what I paid (£5.62 not including P&P - what a rip off!) I am sure a lot of pet shops eg pets at home and so on will sell these too and I don't think you'd pay much more than £3 in most shops.
Packaging wise the wipes come in a thin plastic packet which is just like a usual packet of wet wipes, the colour scheme is baby blue, white and red and it is branded well with the product and brand name listed clea as well as a cute picture of a cartoon dog and cat side by side. The dog is wiping its ears and the cat is wiping its eyes. Above this picture the number of wipes is written. The wipes can be pulled out when the plastic seel is lifted up and once the wipes out it needs to be stuck back down to keep the wipes moist and fresh. The wipes can also be purchased in a box however I have the normal pack of wipes.
I've got four dogs and two in particular suffer quite badly with regular runny eyes, smelly and dirty ears and so on. They're both labradors which I am not sure has anything to do with their similar problems, however I have noticed that my chocolate labrador Pip suffers slightly more as her ears get really dirty and smelly incredibly easy leading to visible discomfort; she itches her ears with her back paws and shakes her head from side to side and although we do have a special ointment prescribed from the vets for her ears, I like to keep them clean daily to prevent the build up of muck and ear wax.
I usually use baby wipes, however when I saw these wipes which are specifically designed for dog and cat's ears and eyes I thought it was a brilliant idea so purchased a pack. I was keen on purchasing a couple of packs but decided due to the price to see if they were actually any good before spending a lot of money on them. I wasn't very impressed with them at first as they're considerably smaller than a normal baby wipe, but as they only need to be used on my dogs' eye and ear area this isn't too much of an issue.
The wipes are quite thin but not so thin that they feel bad quality. Each wipe is moist but not soaking, so when squeezed water/moisture doesn't come out which is good as my dogs don't like water on their faces. The wipes are unscented which I think is great; dogs have a really strong sense of smell and scented baby wipes etc probably stink to them so I like that these are unscented and there's no risk of them becoming anxious towards the wipes due to them smelling overlly strong.
The wipes are simple to use and it takes a couple of wipes to completely clear my dogs' eyes of any gunk. It takes two or three to get Pip's ears completely clean and I am always careful when touching the inside of her ears as obviously it's important not to poke the inside of a dogs ears about. The gunk from inside her ears sticks to the moist wipes well and the wipes are easily disposed of, they're thin enough to be flushed but I just pop them into the bin. The wipes are white meaning dirt shows up prominently on them which is handy because it shows how much gunk was in her ears, giving me an idea whether she needs a visit to the vets or not.
My dogs seem to enjoy these wipes. They recognise the sound of the packet and don't run away when I get a wipe out. I usually wipe their ears and eyes in the morning, or if i'm busy with my baby my mum will do it. They have gotten into the routine now of having their eyes and ears cleaned before they have their morning meal and they sit patiently while we clean them. The only thing is my yellow labrador Talia always trys to steal the dirty wipes and tries eating them, and they're obviously not a good thing for a dog to eat! This isn't any fault of the wipes themselves though so I can't mark them down at all for that and I really do reccomend them.
They're a little expensive, but they're gentle enough to be used around my dogs eyes, and they're unscented. To be honest though, unscented baby wipes are available for 99p or less and are just as effective as these. Cotton wool can also be used to clean a dogs eyes which is a lot cheaper. I overall would reccomend these wipes if you don't mind the price, however due to the price I personally will probably not re-purchase and instead I will just opt for some fragrance free baby wipes next time!
My cat Dashiel is quite good at keeping himself clean and tidy looking (other than the ginger hairs which cover every surface of my house no matter how much I clean) but occasionally he does get some gunk in his eyes which I need to clean out for him.
I buy Bob Martin ear and eye wipes for doing this and although I am sure a baby wipe or some other mild cleansing wipe would do the same job I like to get something especially designed for pets.
Bob Martin ear and eye wipes seem to be quite widely available and I have bought them at a couple of different pet shops and even seem them in the supermarket before. They cost between £1.95 and £2.50 depending on which pet shop I buy them in and they come in resalable pack to stop them from drying out similar to those that baby and cleaning wipes come in. Make sure that you do seal them properly or else you will find that the next time you go to use them they will be dry and pretty much useless at cleaning.
Inside the pack are 30 wipes which are lightly moistened with a mild cleansing lotion to effectively clean the gunk from your pet's eyes and ears.
Dashiel being a stubborn cat hates me using these on his face so I only use them when I really need to do it and because they are so quick and easy to use I can clean his eyes in seconds. The formulation is gentle and it doesn't cause him any itchiness or irritation afterwards and I find them to be really good at cleaning the eye area and getting rid of any gunk and dirt.
They are also unscented which I think is really important as they are designed for use on pets and any strong scent may make your pet uncomfortable with having a wipe near his face.
Although they are for use on both eyes and ears I have only ever used them on his ears once when he had some discharge from an infection that was clearing up. The wipes cleaned the discharge with absolutely no problems even though it was sticky and quite dark.
Because I only use these wipes sparingly I find that a pack can easily last me a few months and with making sure they are sealed properly every time I use them they easily last this long in a cupboard.
To be honest these wipes are more of a luxury than something I really need for Dashiel as I could easily get the same effect from a cloth and some water but because the cleansing lotion on them is designed for use for pets and just because they are so convenient then I will continue to buy them and recommend them to other pet owners.
I have a westie.....Noodle....who I love to bits, but the one thing that I really dislike is the fact that she gets gunk (or eye bogies) in the corner of her eyes and I really can't stand to look at it. If I don't clean it away daily, not only does it start to make her smell doggy, but it also makes her eyes sore as the gunky stuff is usually wet and so the delicate skin underneath gets sore.
I have been using Bob Martin Ear and Eye Wipes for several years to clean the stuff out of her eyes. Before this I either used wet tissue paper (which was useless) or Johnson's Baby Wipes (which did work but probably isn't supposed to go near the eye area!). However, after finding the Bob Martin Wipes I really haven't deviated from using this product because it does the job well. I never use wipes to clean my dogs' ears as there is really no need - and so I can't really comment on the effectiveness of using these wipes for this purpose.
The wipes come in a little plastic box which are arranged in a concertina arrangement so that as you pull one wipe out of the top of the box, the next wipe in succession pokes through ready to be pulled out. The lid a pop on pop off lid and so it is resealable and this keeps the wipes inside moist and fresh.
Each wipe is fairly small at approximately 12 cm x 7 cm, but the size is perfectly adequate and, lets be honest, they are not needed to work over a very large area. I do tend to use one wipe per eye just for cleanliness reasons and because I don't like the idea of transmitting any bugs from one eye into the other eye (I'm a nurse so I guess old habits die hard). However, I guess really you only need to use one wipe per use if you're not as fanatical about bugs as me! Each box contains 30 wipes and so one box is a months supply - which for £1.99 per box that's pretty good value I think.
The wipes feel just like baby wipes, except for the fact that they aren't scented - although they are antiseptic which is great for hygiene purposes. They really work well at getting the gross bits out of the eye and, importantly, my dog really doesn't seem to care about me using them on her and so I assume they are not irritating to her in any way. Her eyes remain clean and unsore as long as I use these wipes daily (sometimes I might use them twice a day depending on need).
Overall, I really do recommend these wipes and think they are great for cleaning dogs and cats eyes.
We have used many of the Bob Martin range of products including the Bob Martin Ear & Eye Wipes which are something we decided to try when our bearded collie had regular bouts of sticky sleepy dust type deposits on the inner corners of her eyes.
Although we were assured these were not due to any eye complaint or illness we were directed towards the use of a regular but gentle care system that would help to keep our dog clean and healthy and make sure that she didn't have to put up with these unsightly little clumpy deposits.
I am sure that many dog owners will understand and recognise what I am trying rather badly to describe here. I thought it may be of use to other owners to know that these wipes can help to keep these problems at bay, whilst being gentle and safe to use with your pets.
These simple packs of Bob Martin Ear & Eye Wipes are widely sold and so easy to buy if you feel they may benefit your pet. As with any such product, prices can and do vary, so its best to shop around for the best deal. Each pack of these wipes can last up to 30 days if using just 1 wipe per day, so they don't work out as being too expensive.
These packs of Bob Martin Ear & Eye Wipes shouldn't cost much more than £2 per pack of 30 and we haven't ever had to pay much more than that. There have been times when we have used these wipes to clean and clear around our dogs eyes on a daily basis and other times when we have needed to use them only every other day.
I would say that you just need to judge as and when you need to give your pet a helping hand if using these wipes for the purpose we have. Sometimes every other day has been more than enough to keep our dog happy. The wipes are gentle and easy to use and so shouldn't irritate your pet, although we are always careful when using them close to our dogs eyes.
The good thing about the Bob Martin Ear & Eye Wipes is that not only can you use them safely around your dogs eyes, but they can also be used to very carefully clean your dogs ears too, although we do try not to mess about with our dogs ears unless absolutely necessary.
Because the wipes have a mild cleansing formulation to them we trusted that we could use them safely. However as with any product that we intend to use with our pets we always try to do what we call 'the paw test' prior to use. This is a simple test run with the product on one of our dogs paws, which we do a day or two prior to using the product as its intended. This can help to ensure that our pet does not suffer any side effects when using the products.
Over all we have found these simple cleansing wipes to be effective and gentle. They are reasonably priced and so can be kept to use on a daily basis if needed. We have found that we only need to use them as and when we feel our dog needs them.
If used with your pet regularly, we have found that in the case of our dog, she soon became used to us using the wipes and so wasn't at all stressed. In terms of rating the product, as we haven't had any problems with these, I feel they ought to get 4 stars. Bob Martin Ear & Eye Wipes are something I would recommend to dog owners as a good pet care product with careful use.
I brought my wipes in Sainsburys but they don't seem to stock them any more and I have been getting them from my local pet shop. They are around the £2 mark which is a little bit pricey as you only get 30 or so wipes, but as I don't use them everyday it works out OK.
They are basically cat or dog wipes to clean the ears and eyes of your mucky pet. I only use them on my dog as she gets mucky eyes and the sleep seems to build up on her. It is not like conjunctivitus but just globs of sleep which sometimes harden. Sounds gross right? Well it is and I was fed up of stroking her and getting a glob of sleep goo on my hand so I now use these every few days and it works a treat.
She tends to get some of the muck off her self by wiping her face and snout round the carpet but I supplement this rudamentary cleaning process with a wipe round with these lovely little wipes. They don't smell and are easily gentle enough to use on teh dogs eye area but don't stick it right in her eye. I wipe round the edges first and she tends to close her eye, allowing me to wipe over it and clean it from any muck she has failed to remove herself.
I buy these to make a gross job easier for me and it is a little bit over the top when water would work too but now and then you have to make things easier on yourself!
Any dog owner knows that taking care and cleaning of its eyes and ears is an essential part of your caring and grooming routine.
Like most owners I have to clean and wipe my dog's ears and eyes of any muck and grime on a daily basis.
Usually I found this to be a real chore and very time consuming, until I found these handy little ear and eye wipes from the bob martin pet care range. Now this only takes me seconds to do so therefore I am really happy and so is the dog as it is now very quick and stress free for her.
Since buying these wipes I have now grown very dependent on them, as they not only clean the dog but these are also designed for cats too. As I have a dog and a cat these work really well for me.
These wipes can effectively clean your dogs eyes and ears, easily and quickly by removing sleep and wax from both areas, they are made is a mild cleansing lotion which breaks down and removes day to day dirt, grime and ear wax.
The little container contains 30 wipes which are roughly 5x3 inches in size, these are small but if this is a job you do daily then one is more than enough, if you only clean them once or twice a week you will need to use more than one.
The 30 moist wipe don't really smell, which is good as these would effect the dogs eyes if they were scented.
The wipes come in a compact plastic tube, and these are dispensed one at a time through a hole in the top of the tube, it also has a serrated edge so you can rip off one wipe at a time. This is similar packaging to how baby wipes are packaged.
These wipes are quite expensive at £1.99 a box, but it is hassle free and takes less time than cotton wool and warm water, which can also be very messy. I have managed to get these from e few different places.
Pets at home stock the whole of the bob martin range so you can get them there, but you can also get them from small independent pet shops. I have also seen these advertised on line at very reasonable prices but you always have to pay postage so this can work out very expensive.
As I have said these are quite pricey but they are so effective, they not only work well but also save time and hassle that is involved when I have to clean the dog's eyes and ears.
These are small but it is only on the odd occasion that I have had to used more than one at a time, I have no doubt in my mind that these are a fantastic idea and I will never go back to the cotton wool. As I see it I probably spent more on the cotton wool that I would on a packet of these.
I find these really good as I can also wash the cat with them, not that I would normally wash the cat but since having these I do and I have to say that she doesn't mind it either. So if my pets are happy then so am I.
I only have one down side to these wipes, they can dry out very quickly if they are not stored correctly. If these do dry out just add a little bit of water to the plastic container and then the wipe will become moist again, I have done this a few times and i find that it did not effect the overall performance of the wipe.
Formulation to clean around the eyes and remove built-up ear wax and debris / suitable for dogs and cats.