Pet Eye Infection Treatment
Just like humans, pets enjoy seeing the sight around them, and good vision is important to them. However, sometimes they might end up having an eye infection. While some eye infections are minor and can disappear on their own, others require an immediate visit to a veterinarian.
Symptoms of Pet Eye Infections
A pet eye infection is usually caused by a virus or bacteria that has entered the ocular cavity. There are a few common symptoms of eye infections that you should know:
- Swelling or redness of an eye. When tiny red vessels in the eyes are dilated caused by an eye infection, it makes them look red and swollen.
- Eye discharge. It is usually one of the first symptoms of an infection. In most cases, it is either green or yellow.
- Pawing at the eye. If the eye is itchy or your pet wants to wipe away a discharge, he will start pawing at the eye. Therefore, an unusual and constant scratching at the eye might indicate an eye infection.
What Causes Pet Eye Infections?
Most eye infections in pets are caused by bacteria, virus, or fungus, especially if a pet spends a lot of time outdoors. Conjunctivitis - a quite common eye disease - might also lead to an eye infection if not treated properly. Another common reason is Lyme disease that is carried by ticks. Furthermore, there are some pets that are more prone to eye infections than others. For example, there are certain dog breeds that are at higher risk for eye infections, including Maltese, Lhasa Apso, and the Shih Tzu.
How Is An Eye Infection Treated?
The first thing a veterinarian will do when he sees your pet is the eye examination. It will help him to figure out whether it is an infection or something else. If the infection is diagnosed, the proper treatment will be suggested. Minor eye infections are treated with eye drops and antibiotics, and the treatment usually takes a few days. Major infections might require further investigation, after which surgery may be needed.
It is important to get prompt treatment for eye infection as soon as possible. First, it causes extreme discomfort to your pet and decreases his quality of life. And second, it may indicate serious health issues that need to be investigated.
Call Waldorf Emergency Care Today!
If you think your pet might have an eye infection, it is important to get him checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Waldorf Emergency Care is ready to see your pet 24 hours a day and provide high-quality emergency care. No matter how severe the infection is, our qualified veterinarians will be able to reduce inflammation and start a treatment plan. Give us a call to find out how we can help.