If you have noticed redness in your dog's eye and are worried that your pet is suffering from an eye infection, veterinary care may be required. Contact Akron Animal Clinic to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians for an assessment of your pet's health. We are available to handle pet emergencies in addition to routine wellness visits. We’ve put together some information about pet eye infections so that you understand the symptoms of the condition, ways to alleviate discomfort at home, and the steps our veterinarian will take during an appointment.
The Signs of a Pet Eye Infection
There are a few symptoms that a dog or cat will display if they are dealing with a pet eye infection. You may notice that your pet has difficulty getting around as he is not able to see without distorted vision. There might be redness in your cat or dog's eye and discharge may also be present. Your pet may keep his eye closed or he may blink or squint frequently in an attempt to stop the discomfort. The eye may appear cloudy as if it has a film over it. There may also be a crusty substance around an infected eye when the discharge dries.
How to Help A Pet with An Eye Infection
If you believe your dog or cat has an eye infection, it is best to seek medical treatment. Failing to tend to an eye infection could lead to vision problems and even blindness. Clean the infected eye regularly with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water. If you are cleaning both of your pet's eyes, be sure to use different pieces of cloth for each eye so the infection does not spread from one eye to the other.
How Our Veterinarians Can Help
When you make an appointment with one of our veterinarians, your pet will be thoroughly evaluated to assess his overall health. The evaluation may detect a medical issue that has led to the eye infection. The veterinarian would treat both the source and the infection itself. Our veterinarian will check the infected eye in great detail and will likely prescribe medication to alleviate the symptoms associated with this condition. Medication is usually in the form of an eye drop that will need to be administered daily. A follow-up appointment will be necessary for our veterinarian to check on your pet's eye to ensure it is healing properly.
If you live in or around Akron, OH, and you suspect your pet is experiencing an eye infection, call Akron Animal Clinic today at 330-836-0437 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians. We offer veterinary care for a wide variety of health conditions, including pet eye infections.