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Red - Irritated Eyes

Red Eye in Pets

Red Eye In Dog

A common condition we evaluate and treat are red eyes

Common Causes Of Red Eye In Animals

It may not be clear to you why your pet is presenting with red, itchy, inflamed, and swollen eyes, but here are a few of the most common causes:

  • A scratch or ulcer on the cornea caused by trauma, including altercations with other animals or wandering through a brush or wooded area
  • A lodged foreign object, such as a grain of sand or small pebble
  • Bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Certain eye health conditions, including glaucoma (increased eye pressure) and uveitis (decreased eye pressure)
  • Allergies
  • Impaired tear production
  • Certain autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer

What To Do If You Notice Your Animal Has Red Eyes

The most important thing you need to do if you notice your pet has red irritated eyes is to prevent your pet from scratching at its eyes. Like humans, animals who scratch or itch their eyes can actually cause more damage. 

The next thing you should do is call us at Waldorf Emergency Care. We'll ask you a few questions about your pet to get an idea of what's going on. In most cases, we'll recommend that you bring your pet in to see us. After all, it's more than likely your pet is in pain! Plus, seeking emergency vet care will help us prevent the condition from getting worse.

Our emergency vet staff will perform a thorough examination and patient history in order to diagnose the root cause of your pet's red eyes, plus initiate the proper treatment as soon as possible. This is important, because some conditions associated can lead to more serious or long-term complications if left untreated. 

If you are concerned about your pet's red eyes or if you have some other kind of pet emergency, then 

call Waldorf Emergency Care at 301-705-9700.


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