Five Questions Answered about Pet Eye Infections
Your veterinarian in Mifflintown and Lewistown want you to know that pet eye infection can develop into serious issues if left untreated. Here are five things every pet owner needs to know about their best friend’s eyes.
Can Eye Infections Be Prevented?
There are some things you can do to help to protect your pet. The best way to minimize the chance your pets’ eyes becoming infected is to keep their living space clean. When your pets have been outside, a quick face cleaning when they come back in greatly reduces the likelihood of them contracting an infection. Ensuring your dog or cat has a balanced diet is also important.
What Can I Do?
If your pet has an eye infection, wash away discharge that you can easily remove carefully and gently. If mucous has become hard, you should see a veterinarian rather than trying to clean it yourself.
If your pet’s eye infection persists for two or more days, it’s time to call a veterinarian.
Are Eye Infections Serious?
They can be if left untreated. If there’s any question as to whether or not your pets may need veterinary attention, contact your veterinarian so he or she can give your pet a quick diagnosis and treatment to prevent any damage. Our veterinarian in Mifflintown and Lewistown can also start necessary treatment your pets may need.
Can Eye Infections Be Cured?
Yes. Some irritations and infections pass on their own, but when they don’t, your veterinarian may prescribe medications such as pills or eye drops that clear up most infections. On rare occasions, an infection may require surgery that corrects the cause of the problem.
How Do Eye Infections Affect Different Breeds?
Pugs, Maltese, Pekingese, and Shih Tzus are breeds that are genetically predisposed to be more likely to suffer from eye infections. Because Poodles and Cocker Spaniels are prone to blocked tear ducks, they can also experience more eye infections more other breeds. Hairless and Persian cars are also more prone to contracting eye infections than other cat breeds.
If you have a senior pet, it is important to have it examined for Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KTS) which can often result from systemic diseases or infections as pets age.