How to Tell if Your Pet Has An Eye Infection

How to Tell if Your Pet Has an Eye Infection

Pets are more than friends. They are companions. If your pup exhibits sensibility to light, obvious discomfort, and visible redness, it is time to visit the veterinarian because your companion probably has an eye infection. Not treating an eye infection might lead to vision loss or the spread of the disease causing the infection. You can trust us at the Animal Hospital of Loves Park to diagnose and treat your pet’s eye infection.

Pet Eye Infections

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists explains eye exams for pets are similar to the ones administered to humans. A veterinarian starts with the primary causes of an eye infection, which are as follows:

  • Inflammation of the cornea
  • Uveitis, the inflammation of the interior of the eye, including the ciliary body, iris, the circular structure behind the iris (body), and the tissue of the iris (choroid)
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is the inflammation of the membrane that covers the inner surface of the eyelid and the white parts of the eye

Pet Eye Infection Red Flags

There are a wide variety of symptoms associated with an eye infection. If any of these indicators of an infection are present in your pet, consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  • Visible swelling and puffiness
  • Redness in or around the eye
  • Rapid blinking
  • Unusual squinting
  • Watery discharge that has an odor or is thick
  • One eye open, the other closed
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Scratching, rubbing, or pawing at the eye

Causes of Eye Infections

When eye infections are present in an animal, a veterinarian will check for the following:

  • Bacteria — Leptospirosis, tick-borne illnesses, canine brucellosis
  • Virus — herpes, hepatitis, canine flu, and distemper
  • Environmental irritants — shampoo, smoke, poor air quality
  • Trauma — Fights, accidents, or scratches to the cornea
  • Fungus
  • Foreign objects — seed, hair, dirt, and grit
  • Parasites

Trust the Animal Hospital of Loves Park When Your Pet Needs Help

Serving Loves Park and the surrounding areas (Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford), the Animal Hospital of Loves Park is the place to go if you suspect your pet has an eye infection. Our experienced veterinarian and team treat all types of eye conditions with pet-loving care.