Our veterinarian here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton sees many pets with eye infections. Often the eyes have been a problem for some time before they are brought in. This is because some eye infections aren't as noticeable as others. Here are some of the most often asked questions from our patients. Hopefully, they will help you understand your pet's eye infection better.
What Are the Signs of an Eye Infection?
The first sign of eye infection is often your pet scratching at the area around his eye or rubbing that eye against furniture to help stop the irritation. The iris may look cloudy and there is often a discharge in the infected eye that is yellow or green in color. Your pet may be squinting or blinking more often than normal. Lastly, the eye might appear red around it.
Are Eye Infections Dangerous?
Most eye infections can be treated quickly and with no lasting effect. There are a few infections, however, that can put your pet in danger of losing his eyesight. Even minor infections can become dangerous if left untreated. The only way to know exactly what type of infection your pet has, and whether it is dangerous or not, is to have the eye examined by a professional.
Can I Prevent Eye Infections?
You may not be able to prevent all eye infections but you can greatly reduce the chances of your pet getting one. Keep cats indoors to prevent exposure to things that cause infection, including fights with other cats. When your dog comes inside from being outside, use a damp rag to wipe away pollen, dirt, and any other foreign matter. When he is outside, keep him on a leash and away from places that can contain an infection from wild animals, branches that may scratch the eye, and pollen that may cause an allergic reaction that can turn into an infection.
A Word of Caution
Never use anything on your pet's eyes that are meant for humans. This can make things that are easily fixed turn into permanent damage. If you suspect your pet has something in its eye causing irritation or you see signs of an infection, call for immediate assistance from the vet.
Where Can I Get Help?
The veterinarian and staff here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton have years of experience with eye infections in both cats and dogs. At the first signs of an infection, contact us for an appointment. We'll examine your little one and prescribe medication if necessary. He'll be back to seeing fine in no time at all!