At Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga, we see pets every day. We give your animal the utmost respect and care when treating their ailments. Unfortunately, pet eye infections are a common occurrence, and they can cause your pet major discomfort or damage their eyes over time.
Common Causes of Pet Eye Infections
Pet eye infections are common, and they can happen for several reasons. Like humans, pets can get infected tear ducts or allergies that can cause infections. A pet eye infection can also be caused by a foreign object or debris entering their eye.
However, pets can also contract viruses or other diseases that can cause eye infections. There may be an underlying cause. For example, feline eye infections are commonly caused by the feline herpes virus. As for dogs, it's more common that they get eye infections from foreign objects. Dogs dig in the yard, stick their heads out the car windows, and generally don't clean themselves as well as cats. So depending on your pet, the eye infection causes can differ. It’s important to get to a veterinarian as soon as possible to ensure your pet gets the proper eye care they need.
Eye Infection Symptoms
Eye infections symptoms include redness, crusty or wet mucus, inflammation, and pus discharge around the eyes. Sometimes pet eye infections can go away on their own, but a veterinarian can prescribe pills and/or eye drops that will make your pet more comfortable and make sure the infection goes away for good. At Day Creek Animal Hospital, we recommend bringing your pet in as soon as you suspect they may have an infection.
Steps for Proper Pet Eye Care
If you notice your dog or cat pawing at their eye, try to keep them from scratching it! They can accidentally cause more damage before you can get them in for proper treatment. Once you notice their infection, it’s important to take note of how long the infection has been bothering them. It’s possible they have a recurring problem, in which different steps need to be taken after the initial treatment takes place.
Your veterinarian can recommend ways to keep your pet from getting future eye issues, like trimming the hair around their eyes, paying attention to keeping their head clean, or bringing them for regular wellness checkups. As with most medicine, it’s always easier to prevent than to treat a problem later on.
Day Creek Animal Hospital Pet Services
In addition to eye care for pets, we provide regular wellness exams, diagnostic exams, dental care, grooming and more to keep your pet healthy and happy. We're always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your animal's health. If your pet is showing eye infection symptoms, it's important to have a comprehensive examination as soon as possible. Call Day Creek Animal Hospital in Rancho Cucamonga at (909) 646-7387 or request an appointment online today!