Eye infections are not uncommon in pets. In fact, some breeds of dogs and cats can be prone to eye infections and need regular care. A sudden eye infection is pretty easy to spot and requires professional veterinary care to treat the problem. At Trilby Animal Hospital in Toledo, OH, we provide treatment for common pet eye infections.
Symptoms of a Pet Eye Infection
You may notice your pet has a discharge coming from the eyes that looks like mucous or excessive watering of the eye. There may be crusting in the corners or around the eyes. You may also notice redness in the whites of the eyes. Your pet’s third eyelid may be visible and inflamed. Sneezing or nasal discharge can also accompany an eye infection. Your pet may paw at its eyes or rub its face on the carpeting or bedding because of eye irritation. The problem may affect one or both eyes. Some animals may suffer from eye structural problems that result in frequent infections. Tumors can also affect the eyes.
Causes of Pet Eye Infections
Eye infections can result from allergies that cause the eye tissues to become inflamed and susceptible to disease. Corneal abrasions can occur when a dog is romping through the woods or during play with other dogs. These small injuries can become infected by bacteria in the environment and require treatment. Smoke or irritants the animal comes into contact with can also lead to eye infections. Foreign matter can become lodged in the eyes, setting up the conditions for infection to take hold.
Veterinary Treatment for Eye Infections
Our veterinarian will prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication to eliminate the eye infection. In some cases, an anti-fungal agent may be necessary. Our vet may also prescribe an oral medication. Structural problems of the eyes or tumors may require surgery to correct the problem.
Contact Our Animal Hospital for Pet Eye Care from Our Toledo Veterinarian
Dr. Moore and our professional team at Trilby Animal Hospital use our many years of experience in veterinary medicine to ensure the health of pets in and around the Toledo area. We provide a variety of vet services, including wellness exams, vaccination, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, laser therapy, and pet emergency care. We also treat pocket pets and exotic pets. Contact Trilby Animal Hospital today at (419) 474-5403 to learn about our effective treatment options for common pet eye infections.