How to Identify Eye Infections in Pets

When your pet has a wellness exam, our on-site veterinarian will perform a comprehensive exam to make sure your pet is healthy and free from eye infections. However, you can be aware of some telling signs at home to ensure your pet receives medical attention right away if they develop an eye infection.

Some eye problems are easy to spot. Here are some of the symptoms you can watch out for:

  • Swelling around the eye(s)
  • Tearing or running
  • Discharge that may entirely crust over your pets’ eye so they can’t open it
  • Discolored mucus from the eyes
  • Discolored eyeballs
  • Red streaks in the whites of the eyes
  • Cloudy iris
  • Rubbing or pawing at the infected eye
  • Sensitivity to light (squinting/blinking in bright light)
  • Some of the breeds that most often experience eye problems are Pugs, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels.

Any time you are concerned about your pet’s vision or if they are experiencing eye problems, you should take your pet to the veterinarian as soon as possible to get treatment and prevent more serious problems. Often, eye issues may just be a case of your pet having allergies, but you don’t want to take a chance with your pets’ precious eyesight.

A few of the common eye ailments we see in our pet patients include:

  • Cataracts: It is important to check your pet’s eyes as part of your pet care routine. If your pet has a cloudy film over their eye(s) they may be getting cataracts. You should consult your veterinarian immediately. If left undetected or treated it could lead to blindness.
  • Ingrown eyelids: This ailment causes your dogs’ eyelids to turn inwards. It can irritate your dog’s cornea and cause pain.

Be Proactive in Your Dog’s Eye Care

In most cases, it’s best to consult your veterinarian if you see anything suspicious with your dog’s eyes, but you can conduct these easy checks at home:

  • Regularly check your dog’s eyes, look for a crust, discharge, and tearing.
  • Clean your dog’s eyes by using a damp cotton ball wiping from the innermost corner of the eye towards your dog’s eye.
  • Keep your dog clipped closely around their eyes to avoid irritation.

More to Know About Pet Eye Infections

Your pets can get eye infections, just as humans do and they will need to see a veterinarian to get it checked out and obtain the necessary medications to treat it. There are different causes of eye infections as well as different treatment methods provided by a veterinarian depending on the type of eye infection. If you suspect your pet has an eye infection, our staff at the Animal Hospital of Loves Park can provide an exam and prescribe any medications he or she may need for a remedy.

What are the types of pet eye infections?

Your pet’s eye infection might be from many different sources including bacteria, viruses and fungi as well as allergies to environmental items, such as pollen.

Are pet eye infections painful?

Pet eye infections are among the most often seen conditions by veterinarians. They are painful and uncomfortable for your pets and if left untreated the infection can spread to other parts of the body including the heart, liver and kidneys. You should contact your veterinarian immediately when your pet shows signs of an eye infection.

Are eye infections preventable?

Yes, they can be. If you have a cat, you should keep them inside at all times to prevent eye infections. Your dog should have the hair around their eyes trimmed back by you or by a professional groomer. This helps to prevent eye infections caused by a wayward hair poking your dog in the eye. You can also wipe the area around their eyes every time they come in from outside to remove bacteria and pollen that can be an allergen and the start of an eye infection. You should never let your dog hang their head out the window of a vehicle because any flying object can strike them in the eye.

What does a vet do for eye infections?

Your veterinarian will examine your dog or cat and test the fluids coming from the infected eye under a microscope and determine what type of infection it is. The vet will then likely prescribe some eye drops for your pet. Remember, never use human eye drops on dogs or cats.

At the Animal Hospital of Loves Park, we provide pet eye infection treatment as well as a wide variety of common pet care services. If your furry friend needs care for an eye infection or other issue, you can trust us to provide the care they need for a long and healthy life.