Caring for Pet Eye Infections
Short Pump Animal Hospital is a veterinarian clinic in West End where you can take your pets for all of their health care needs. Our team is filled with passionate and caring individuals who genuinely care for the health and well-being of our patients. Among the services we provide includes caring for pets with eye infections.
How to Tell if Your Pet Has an Eye Infection
Your dogs or cats can’t just come out and tell you that there’s something wrong with their eyes. In fact, many pets, particularly cats, will try to hide any sign of pain or illness out of instinct. There are, however, a number of different signs that may be able to inform you that something is wrong with your pets’ eyes:
- Redness around the eye
- Discharge from the eye
- Squinting, blinking, or holding one eye closed
- Scratching or pawing at the eye
Diagnosis of Pet Eye Infections
The first thing a veterinarian will do in order to diagnose a potential eye infection is to examine the animal in question. This initial examination will more than likely point to what type of infection or injury an animal is suffering from. If the cause of a pet’s eye infection is not immediately apparent, certain tests may be conducted in order to determine the cause, such as a Schirmer tear test, a measurement of intraocular pressure, corneal staining to reveal ulcers or other damage to the eye, bacterial cultures, or allergy tests.
The Importance of Treatment
Eye infections are a serious threat to an animal’s health. If treatment is postponed or avoided, eye infections can not only cause undue suffering to pets, but may also cost an animal the use of the affected eye. While this is an extreme case, forgoing treatment for your pets’ eye infections is not a wise decision. Treatment for pet eye infections can be as easy as putting a few antibacterial drops in your pets’ eyes or ensuring that they don’t scratch the area to exacerbate the condition.
Call Us Today
Reach out to Short Pump Animal Hospital today and we will give your pet a full medical examination, including care and treatment for any existing eye infections. If you live in or around West End, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (804) 360-0100 to schedule an appointment for your pets.