Eye infections in pets are common and can be caused by many different things. While the symptoms often appear out of nowhere, most pet eye infections aren't serious and can be easily treated. At Kindness Family Pet Clinic in Forest Grove, OR, we prioritize making a quick, accurate diagnosis so we can begin treating the infection right away and get your pet back to feeling 100%.
With that in mind, we've put together this guide to answer common questions regarding pet eye infections.
What are the signs of a pet eye infection?
If your pet is suddenly behaving differently with regards to his or her eyes, that's an excellent sign of an eye infection. Look for signs of irritation such as redness, pawing, excessive blinking, squinting, or closing the eyes altogether. Even if your pet doesn't seem bothered by his or her eyes, they could be infected if they appear discolored or cloudy or have smelly or thick discharge.
What causes eye infections in pets?
Many things can cause pet eye infections. In some cases, your pet may get into something they shouldn't have — indoors or out — and encounter foreign matter, bacteria, or another irritant that causes an infection. Some eye infections are caused by parasites such as ticks or fleas, and still others are caused by illness, like the canine flu or distemper.
Do I need to bring my pet to a veterinarian for an eye infection?
While many animal eye infections are minor ailments, it's still a good idea to bring your pet in for a veterinarian exam. The sooner the vet can meet and assess your pet, the sooner treatment can be started, and the infection can be gotten rid of.
How are pet eye infections treated?
The specific treatment your pet will receive for an eye infection depends on whether it's a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection. Medicated eye drops are frequently prescribed to minimize pain and inflammation and stop further spread of the infection. The first step in determining a treatment course is scheduling a veterinarian exam so a proper diagnosis can be made.
Are there ways to prevent pet eye infections?
Many pets spend a great deal of time outdoors and animals are curious, so preventing eye infections isn't always easy. You can help by frequently wiping your pet's face and eyes and keeping facial hair neatly trimmed.
Call Kindness Family Pet Clinic Today!
If you're concerned that your pet may have an eye infection, contact Kindness Family Pet Clinic in Forest Grove today. We've been serving the local community for over 20 years and provide both routine and emergency veterinarian services. We would love to meet you and your best friend!