If you notice something unusual with your pet's eyes, it may have an infection. Since the eyes are a critical part of your pet's body, you should seek veterinary care as soon as possible to prevent the problem from becoming worse. If you suspect your furry friend is suffering from an eye issue and you live in or around Laguna Hills, contact Dr. Kerolos at Trinity Pet Hospital for help. Let’s look at a few questions that we often run into regarding pet eye infections.
What are pet eye infections?
A pet eye infection is an inflammation of the eye, which can cause pain, redness, itching, tear production problems, pupil dilation, cloudiness in the cornea, and swelling. There are multiple possible causes for this condition. It is important to consult with a veterinarian before attempting any treatments or home remedies for your pet's condition.
What caused my pet’s eye infection?
Some of the most common causes for pet eye infections include:
- Allergies to pollen, dust, fleas, mites, and food
- Injuries or foreign objects in the eye
- Eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma
- Inflammatory conditions of the cornea
- Diseases such as heartworm, Lyme disease, and more
What are the symptoms of an eye infection?
- Tear production problems
- Cloudiness in the cornea
- Pus formation around the eye or eyelids
- Eye discharge
- Swollen eyelids
- Excessive blinking or squinting
- Inflammation of the lining of the eyelid
- Conjunctivitis or pink eye
- Pupil dilation
How are pet eye infections diagnosed?
Our veterinarian will take a complete history from you, including any possible causes of your pet's condition. We may also perform a complete physical examination to make an accurate diagnosis. It is important to tell the veterinarian about all of the medications and supplements your pet is taking, as this can affect the diagnostic process.
We will check for any obvious signs of irritation around the eyes, such as constricted pupils, light sensitivity, eye pain, and more. Dr. Kerolos will also look for any signs of dilation, such as enlarged and inflamed irises. The veterinarian may remove some of the secretions or discharge from the eye to be analyzed.
Are there treatments for pet eye infections?
The treatments for pet eye infections vary depending on the underlying cause of your pet's condition. Veterinarians will often prescribe medications to alleviate pain and inflammation, lubricate the eye, or speed up the healing process.
Contact Trinity Pet Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA
Trinity Pet Hospital is a full-service animal hospital that provides quality veterinary care for the pet community. If you have observed any of the symptoms of an eye infection in your pet and you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kerolos, call our team today at (949) 768-1314 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.