Pet Eye Infections

If your pet's eyes are irritated for more than two days in a row, it is a good idea to pay the veterinarian a visit at Pet Medical Services in Orem, UT. A pet eye infection can become a more serious problem if it continues for too long. Dogs and cats can both suffer eye infections, although for different reasons. If you are a pet owner in the Orem area, here is some information you need to know about pet eye infections.

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Symptoms of Pet Eye Infections

Pet eye infections can usually be spotted easily. Your dog or cat will usually start pawing at their eyes if an infection is bothering them. Here are some signs that it is time for a veterinarian to take a closer look at your pet's eyes:

  • Red or pinkish tint to the "whites" of the eye
  • Swelling around the eye
  • Cloudy appearance in the iris
  • Clear, yellowish or greenish discharge from the eye

Causes of Pet Eye Infections

Dogs and cats experience eye infections for different reasons. Cat eye infections tend to be viral in nature, while dogs can experience eye infections from a virus, a bacterium or a foreign object. Here is a closer look at the causes of eye infections in both species.

Dog Eye Infections

Dogs tend to get bacterial eye infections as a secondary issue. For example, if your dog's eyes are irritated due to allergies or a blocked tear duct, it presents an opportunity for bacteria to attack the eye. Diagnosing an eye infection, therefore, could also involve testing your dog for allergies and then treating the allergies, in addition to the eye infection. The most common causes of eye infections in dogs are blocked tear ducts, allergic reactions to something, and corneal obstructions from things like ulcers.

Cat Eye Infections

Cat eye infections tend to be viral in nature. That does not rule out another cause, but the most common sources of eye infections in cats are calicivirus (FCV), feline herpes, and chlamydia. 

Importance of Pet Vaccinations

Whether you are a dog or cat owner (or both), it's important to keep them up to date on their vaccinations. Most of the viral causes of pet eye infections are protected against the vaccine schedule, which makes it much easier to diagnose an infection. Your veterinarian can quickly rule out a virus as the cause of the infection if your pet has been vaccinated.

Treating Pet Eye Infections

Treating a pet eye infection can range from a simple course of prescription eyewash to surgery to correct a blocked tear duct. The amount and type of treatment required will depend on the diagnosis.

Contact Pet Medical Services for Pet Eye Infections

If your pet is showing signs of an eye infection, call our office in Orem to schedule an appointment at (385) 375-2000.

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