Did you know that one of the most common health problems for pets is eye infection? In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost half of all pet cats and dogs will experience an eye infection at some point in their lives. While many infections are mild and can be treated with over-the-counter medications, some can be quite serious and may require veterinary care at Murrieta Family Pet Hospital. Let’s look at the most common types of pet eye infections, how to treat them, and when you should seek help.
Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, is a very common infection affecting the eye's tissue. It is often caused by bacteria or viruses and can be quite contagious among pets. Symptoms include redness and irritation of the eyes, discharge, and increased tearing. Treatment typically involves cleaning the eyes with a sterile solution and applying a topical antibiotic ointment or eyedrops. In severe cases, oral antibiotics may be necessary.
Keratitis is an infection of the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. It can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or even scratches to the eye. Symptoms include redness and pain in the eye, discharge, and blurred vision. Treatment typically involves drops or ointments to reduce inflammation and pain, and in severe cases, oral antibiotics or antifungal medications may be necessary.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the pressure inside the eye is increased. It can be caused by injury, infection, or blockage of the eye's drainage channels. Symptoms include redness and pain in the eye, increased tearing, and blurred vision. Treatment typically involves drops or ointments to reduce eye pressure, and surgery may be necessary in severe cases.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, it is important to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Eye infections can rapidly progress and permanently damage the eye if left untreated. At Murrieta Family Pet Hospital, Dr. Telles is here to help keep your pet's eyes healthy and provide the best possible care if an infection does occur. If you’re in Murrieta, call our team today at (951) 595-7754 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.