Although pet eye infections are common, they should still be taken seriously, as they could pose a health risk for your pet. These pet eye infections FAQs from Oakland Park Animal Hospital provide more information about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this condition.
What Causes Pet Eye Infections?
Pet eye infections can be caused by eye injuries, viruses, bacteria, parasites, or a foreign substance in your dog or cat’s eye. Irritants like smoke or shampoo in your pet’s eyes can lead to infections. Eye infections can also be a symptom of a health condition.
If you think your pet may be suffering from an eye infection, call your Oakland Park veterinarian to schedule a checkup. We’ll diagnose your pet’s condition and outline a treatment plan to alleviate your pet's symptoms.
What Are Some Common Symptoms of Eye Infections in Pets?
Both dogs and cats are prone to getting eye infections, with some breeds being more susceptible than others, particularly Pugs, Pekingese, and Shi Tzus. In cats, Persians and hairless breeds are more likely to develop eye infections than other breeds. Some common symptoms of pet eye infections include:
- Eye swelling or cloudiness
- Yellow or green discharge from your pet’s eye
- Eye redness
- Your pet constantly pawing or rubbing his eye
- Excessive blinking, squinting, or tearing
Are Pet Eye Infections Dangerous?
Some pet eye infections are mild and heal on their own within a few days. Others can be quite serious, posing a risk to your pet’s sight. Rather than wait until an eye infection grows progressively worse, bring your pet to Oakland Park Animal Hospital for diagnosis and treatment.
How Are Eye Infections Treated in Pets?
Your Oakland Park veterinarian will inspect your pet’s eyes, evaluate his health, and review his medical history to determine the cause of his eye infection. Once we’ve discovered the cause, we’ll recommend a course of treatment. Topical ointments and eye drops may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms and treat the infection.
Can Pet Eye Infections Be Prevented?
There are measures you can take to prevent pet eye infections. Cats can be kept indoors as much as possible to avoid eye infections. Keeping your dog’s fur trimmed around his eyes and washing his face with a clean, damp cloth after his romps outdoors to remove pollen, dirt, grass, or seeds can help prevent eye infections. Keeping your pet's home environment clean also reduces the risk of your pet developing an eye infection.
See Your Oakland Park Veterinarian for Pet Eye Infection Treatment
For diagnosis and treatment of pet eye infections or any other pet ailment, contact Oakland Park Animal Hospital at (954) 731-4228 today. We’re here to meet your pet’s veterinary care needs.