Some pet eye problems are minor and can go away on their own. However, there are cases when treatment is needed to get rid of the infection. An appointment with our veterinarian at Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo is often needed to examine the eye infection and provide treatment to the condition. Here is what you should know about eye infections in pets.
Can Eye Infections Be Preventable?
Eye infections can affect your pet in many ways. If left untreated, the infection can spread into the body or lead to blindness. You can take some preventative measures to lessening the risk by making sure your pet has a clean, healthy living space along with having a proper nutrition and going to annual vet check ups so that your pet is healthy and strong enough to fight the infections off. A warning though, some breeds, both in dogs and cats, are predisposed to getting eye infections no matter how healthy they are.
Common Symptoms of Eye Infections
Many infections do have similar symptoms and they are:
- Watery eyes with a discharge of yellow mucus or green pus
- Inflammation or red, swollen eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Rubbing or pawing the eye
Pet Eye Infection Causes
There are numerous causes for infections of the eye and they include:
- Blocked tear ducts
- Injury, such as a cut or scratch to the cornea
- Object-matter in the eye
- Birth defect
- Viruses, such as distemper, canine influenza, herpes, and hepatitis
- Bacteria, such as leptospirosis, Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, and canine brucellosis
- Dry eye
- Abnormalities in the eyelid
Treatments for Eye Infections
Luckily, these infections can be treated usually by eye drops, ointments, or pills prescribed by our veterinarian. It all depends on the cause of the infection and how severe it is.
Pet owners can help the healing process by wiping away any crust or discharge from the eye, keeping the area clean. Make sure to use a fresh, new towel for each eye. Some infections can be easily transmissible.
Let Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo be your veterinarian of choice for vet care. Our experienced and professional veterinary staff uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat pet infections. To schedule an appointment with our vets or to learn more about eye infections in pets, call our animal hospital at (419) 474-5403 today.