Pet Eye Infections

Pet Eye Infections Treatment From The Village Vet

Eye problems, including infections, are among the most common pet health concerns. However, just because your pet has an eye infection, doesn't mean you should be alarmed. These conditions can vary in severity.

Some eye issues resolve naturally, although some cannot be resolved naturally. However, eye infections could lead to blindness or loss of the eye, so it's important that you monitor your pet's condition for changes. A sudden change in health is known as an acute condition while pets can also experience recurrent infections. You should consider your pet's eye infection urgent if there has been trauma or if it's bulging. This is the point when you want to make an immediate appointment, whether it's with your regular veterinarian or an emergency clinic. Green or yellow discharge also requires an urgent trip to the vet. Similarly, if you notice that the symptoms have progressed from blinking a lot to not being able to open the eye at all, then it's appropriate to contact a vet.

Pet Eye Infections Treatment From The Village Vet

Eye Infections in Dogs

Dogs experience worse eye problems than cats because they spend some time outdoors. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi that your pet comes in contact with can all contribute to eye infections. However, dogs that spend more time outside than other pets also face another cause of eye infections: Lyme disease. Because Lyme is carried by ticks, pets that spend time outdoors are vulnerable.

Furthermore, certain breeds of dog are more at risk for eye infections. The list includes the Lhasa Apso, the Shih Tzu, and the Maltese. Clipping the long fur around your dog's eyes can reduce the likelihood of her developing an infection.

Cat Eye Infections

Although most cats have fewer eye problems because they live indoors, they can still experience issues. And cats that live outdoors may have a greater likelihood of these issues. In cats, feline herpes is this most common culprit of eye infection. Herpes can remain in a cat's system permanently after your pet contracts it, flaring up when other health conditions or stress occur. While your pet's immune system usually suppresses the virus, symptoms such as redness and irritation can appear when the immune system is compromised. 

This can lead to other bacterial eye infections. However, this isn't the only cause of bacterial infections. Both chlamydia and Cryptococcus can contribute to eye infections.

Regardless of the cause of infection, you want to make sure that your pet isn't rubbing at their eyes, which can cause even further damage. If you live in Baltimore, call The Village Vet today at (410) 367-8111 to schedule an appointment.