Eye Injuries in Pets

Dealing with a Pet Eye Injury

Pets have a real knack for getting themselves into trouble, and some are notorious for sticking their noses into it again and again. Dogs for example, will follow their nose into all sorts of situations, and doing so put their eyes at risk. Most of the time, their fur and thick skin layer acts as a good defense, but occasionally, a serious injury occurs, and then Spot comes running back to his owner seeking help. Eye injuries are particularly serious, because the situations animals get themselves into usually involve some sort of fight with another animal. That can mean rough and jagged eye injuries that are hard to heal and prone to infection. In the worst case scenario, the pet could lose the organ due to the eye injury.

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How the Animal Eye is Different

The animal eye, particularly in cats and dogs, has a very different structure than that of humans. Canine and feline eyes incorporate multiple eyelids, which provide additional protection for the eye itself. Humans only have the actual skin eyelid we're familiar with on the outside of our faces in comparison. These additional animal eyelids play a regular role in cleaning and protecting the animal eye, as well as providing an additional barrier to potential outside harm coming at the eye. However, they can only do so much, and a sharp intrusion, such as a claw or stick, will still cause harm to the eye regardless.

What a Veterinarian Can Do

A qualified Toledo veterinarian will typically perform a very thorough examination of a pet with an eye injury. If the damage or injury is clean, many times the eye will heal itself if left alone and provided medical ointments to enhance the healing process. However, where the eye is seriously damaged or the injury is jagged, the eye can't resolve the problem itself and needs surgery. Animal eye surgery can range from "patching" the injury by taking tissue from another area and creating a natural bandage on the wound to heal, to potential removal. It's case by case, but bacterial infection is the key risk to worry about.

Getting Local Expertise Help Right Away

Trilby Animal Hospital provides pet owners some of the best pet medical experts available in the Toledo area. We have dealt with all types of pet eye injuries, from physical fights and scratches to punctures and even infections by parasites. With the requisite training, equipment, materials and lab on site, Trilby Animal Hospital should be on your short list of veterinarian assistance resources when dealing with a serious pet eye injury in Toledo.

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