Just Like People, Pets Need Eye Care
Pets’ eyes are susceptible to problems just as humans are and, in fact, can suffer from the same diseases we do. At Animal Kind, we diagnose and treat infections, injuries, tumors, glaucoma, dry eye, blindness, and many other eye problems. Eye problems in pets may be due to:
Some species are more prone to various eye problems than others. Dogs, cats, and pocket pets all can have problems with their eyes. Don’t hesitate to bring your pet in to see us if you notice something wrong. Early detection and treatment are very important.
Senior Dogs Can Have Glaucoma or Cataracts
Just as older people might develop cataracts or glaucoma, senior dogs can suffer from these conditions, both of which can cause blindness. Even a brief period of increased pressure in the eye can severely damage it. Cataracts cause the lens of the eye to appear cloudy or milky colored. Diabetes can be responsible for making the symptoms appear all of a sudden. Cataracts can also be an inherited problem.
Cats Have Eye Problems, Too
Although they have fewer eye problems than dogs, cats may have eye infections that are chronic. Conjunctivitis is common and can appear as a reddened eye with a clear discharge. It is easily treated with topical antibiotics. However, conjunctivitis may also be caused by the feline herpes virus and, in that case, we can only treat the discomfort. Some senior cats develop iris melanoma. This is a brown tumor that spreads in the iris portion of the eye. Surgical treatment may be necessary.
Pocket Pets Such as Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Rabbits can be prone to eye infections and the discharge can then cause irritation on the skin and fur. Flushing the tear duct to remove dust blocking the tear duct followed by home care to keep the eye clean usually relieves the discomfort and infection. We might use antibiotic drops or eye lubricants to treat a scratched or dry cornea. Guinea pigs are particularly prone to cataracts with some species being more affected than others.