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
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.