When most pet owners think of caring for their pet, eye care is typically not one of the first things that comes to mind. Yet, for a pet, eye care is vital to its overall health and well-being. And, your pet’s eyes can be a great indicator of his, or her, overall health.
Some of the most common eye issues include:
Eye infections – sometimes this can be as simple as a foreign substance getting into your pet’s eye, oftentimes resulting in an infection. Either way, because infections can become serious, make sure to have any infections resolved through a veterinarian, like NorCal Vets.
Cataracts – all pets can develop cataracts. Cataracts appear as a whitening, or clouding, of the eye and can progress into blindness.
Ingrown eyelids – your pet’s eyelids can actually grow or roll inward, which can cause irritation, and/or damage to the eye, as the eyelid rubs up against the cornea.
Third eyelid prolapse – most people do not realize that dogs and cats have a third eyelid. Also referred to as the haw or nictitating membrane, this all-important eyelid can pop out and become visible.
Cherry Eye – this refers to the enlarging of the tear gland that then forms a cherry-type growth on the dog’s eye.
Dry Eye – this condition involves a reduction in tear production that can cause a corneal inflammation that results in squinting and possibly a discharge.
Each of these eye issues should receive medical attention to resolve the issue. To make sure you are aware, as early as possible, of any issues that might arise, there are several signs you can look for. In a well-lit area, check your pet’s eyes for any of the following:
- Any discharge
- Unusual tearing
- Appearance of crusty areas
- Unusual redness or whiteness of the eyelids
- Fur that is tear-stained
- Abnormal inflammation
- Unequal pupil sizes
- Unusual rubbing of the eyes
For preventative care, the following can prove helpful:
Clean eyes often – make sure your pet’s eyes are free of any crusty build-up.
Have your pet groomed often – any fur around your pet’s eyes can become irritating.
Use dog eye wash – this can be a common treatment for red eyes during the dry winter months.
Keep your car windows rolled up – the wind and even possible debris can be harsh on your pet’s eyes.
Know what breed your pet is – many pets are susceptible to certain medical issues, including eye problems. Make sure to know what conditions your pet could be susceptible to.
Have your pet receive an annual eye exam – this is one of the best preventative measures you can take.
Contact NorCal Vets today at (415) 413-7363 and let us get started on helping you pet have the best vision possible for the maximum amount of years available. We are experts at pet eye care prevention, maintenance and correction.