If your pet's eyes seem irritated, it could be an infection. Pet eye infections can be dangerous if they are not treated, which is why you should watch your pet closely. Our veterinarians at Jackson Animal Clinic are here to help if you suspect your pet has an eye infection.
The Signs of Pet Eye Infections
Typically, you will see a range of symptoms if your pet has an infected eye. Some of the more common symptoms include:
- Eye discharge
- Pawing at eyes
If your pet is showing one or more of these symptoms, it doesn't necessarily have an eye infection. Dry eye, allergies, and eye trauma can also cause eye irritation. That's why it's best to monitor your pet's condition and bring it to see a veterinarian if the issue continues. Eye infections can be painful, so make sure your pet gets relief as soon as possible.
When to Bring a Pet to the Veterinarian’s Office
You can quickly relieve your pet's symptoms at home by cleaning the eyes with a warm, damp towel or by using a rinse that is designed for pets. If a basic at-home treatment doesn't take care of the symptoms, you should bring your pet to the veterinarian’s office for diagnosis.
Eye infections have many causes, including bacterial infections. Your pet may need antibiotics to clear up the infection. No matter what is causing your pet's eye irritation, seeing a vet will help you to keep your pet's eyes healthy.
Preventing Pet Eye Infections
There are several steps you can take at home to reduce the risk of eye infections. Many pets have long hairs around their eyes, and those hairs can be a source of irritation. Trimming these hairs can minimize irritation and can keep loose hairs from falling into your pet's eyes.
If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, you may want to consider having your pet wear goggles. Googles can help protect your pet's eyes from the environment and UV rays. Don't hesitate to ask your vet questions so that you can do more to protect your pet.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Jackson, TN
If you are worried about your pet's eyes or it has been a while since your furry friend’s last checkup, reach out to Jackson Animal Clinic. Call our team today at (731) 668-1440 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.