Discuss Pet Eye Infections with our Duarte Veterinarian
As a pet owner, it’s important to maintain the health of your pets’ vision. While simple bacterial and viral infections of the eyes can be quite common in pets, it can also be an indication of something more serious. If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your pets’ eyes, contact your veterinarian at the Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital for more information.
Signs of an Eye Infection
If your pet displays any of the following eye symptoms, it’s important to contact a veterinarian immediately.
- Inflamed, swollen or drooping eyelids
- Sneezing, nasal discharge or another symptom of respiratory distress
- Red eyes
- Pawing or rubbing at the eyes
- Discharge coming from the eyes
- Cloudy iris
- Squinting and constant blinking
How Eye Infections are Diagnosed
To diagnose the condition of the eyes, your vet will take a sample of the discharge or any infected surrounding cells. Blood test and a complete physical examination may also be necessary when treating eye infections. Other ways to diagnose an infection may include:
- Schirmer tear test
- Intraocular pressure
- Allergy tests
Treating Eye Infections
Eye infections may also be a warning sign of a serious condition like glaucoma, poisoning, tumors or tear duct issues. It’s important to get an adequate diagnosis and start treatment to reduce the chances of your pet losing his sight. Once your vet diagnosis the reason for the infection he will propose a plan of treatment. This may include treating the underlying condition, eye drops, oral medications and ointments.
Preventing Eye Problems
To prevent future eye issues, examine your pet’s eyes for any unusual symptoms. Gently pull down on the lower lid. The inside of the eyelid should be pink and not red or white. The pupils of the eye should be the same size and the eyes should be bright and crust-free. If you notice your pet scratching or pawing at the eyes, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Keep your pet groomed to prevent long hair out of the eyes. It’s also important to keep irritants like shampoo, soaps and flea medications out of the eyes.
Contact Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital Today – We Are Here To Help
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your pet’s eyes, contact Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital at (626) 357-2251 to learn more. You can also speak to one of our caring staff members to schedule an appointment.