Eye infections can develop from a variety of causes, and will usually last until treated. These five facts will help you better understand your pet’s eye infection and help them to heal.
1. Can Eye Infections in Dogs and Cats Be Cured?
Most can be. Some infections or irritations will pass on their own. If not, medications such as eye drops or pills that your veterinarian can prescribe will be able to clear up many types of eye infections. Some infections may need surgery, in order to correct the cause of the problem.
2. Are Eye Infections Preventable?
They may be. You can do a lot to keep your pet’s immune system strong and their living space clean. Sometimes, though, infections will strike the healthiest of animals. Keeping your pet a healthy weight and on a balanced diet will greatly reduce their risk of contracting all types of infections. Quickly cleaning your dog or cat’s face after they’ve been outside can reduce the chances of an irritant getting into their eyes.
3. Is There a Way to Help?
Yes. If your dog or cat is suffering from an eye infection, carefully and gently clean away any puss or discharge that you can easily remove. If your pet has hard mucous on or around their eyes, see a veterinarian before trying to clean this yourself. Take your pet to see the vet if symptoms persist for two or more days, and you’ll likely be given eye drops, like Baytril, to use to clear up the infection.
4. Is It Serious?
It can be. Take your pet to the veterinarian before symptoms get worse. A quick diagnosis and treatment can prevent damage to your pet’s eye. Some infections, like glaucoma, can’t be cured, but you can slow further damage to your pet’s vision by starting treatment.
5. Some Breeds of Dogs and Cats Get Them More.
Maltese, Pekingese, Pugs, and Shih Tzus are all dog breeds that are genetically predisposed to be more likely to contract an eye infection. Cocker Spaniels and Poodles are prone to blocked tear ducts, which can lead to infections. Persian and hairless cats are more prone to eye infections than other cat breeds.
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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.