When it comes to dog eye problems, much can be done to resolve potentially
damaging conditions if they are treated quickly.
Pet owners who inspect their dog's eyes on a daily basis are in the best position to spot sudden changes and take action to protect their dog's most precious sense - their vision. And this daily practice is not just for mature dogs - puppy can have eye problems too.
Dogs' eyes that are healthy look bright, clear, moist and free of discharges. Whereas, eyes with potential problems may look red and/or bloodshot, with signs of swelling or pus on the eyeball. The pet may also be blinking or squinting frequently and the eyes may be tearing more than usual.
While we can learn to recognize the symptoms of dog eye problems, many conditions need a test to verify
what is going on, but in general,..
In fact whenever you become aware that your dog may have an eye problem, the wisest move is to take your dog to see the vet.
Left untreated some conditions can result in permanent damage.
Some of the more common disorders that affect a dog's eyes are:
Eye injuries are also quite common and can look scary.
Because of the risk of serious damage, expert attention is the way to go when it comes to an eye injury.
Eye problems such as conjunctivitis and excessive tearing can lead to infections. Plus conjunctivitis in dogs can be confused with dry eye. In either case, a vet can test a dog's tears to determine which condition is actually present.
This is really important when it comes
to getting the right treatment. While the former may need antibiotics, the latter may only
require some supplemental eye drops.
Excessive tearing can also be indicative of an eye injury or allergies, or may be nothing at all. Daily eye inspections will alert an owner of tearing changes in their dog.
Hereditary eye problems to be aware of that affect many breeds are:
Bloodshot eyes could mean that pressure is increasing in the eyes. This is one of the signs associated with glaucoma, a very serious, potentially blinding condition which needs immediate treatment.
Establish a baseline for the health of your pet's eyes through a vet's evaluation - even a veterinary ophthalmologist if you choose. Then...
Closely observing your pet on a daily basis is the best way of discovering dog eye problems
that in turn gives you an opportunity to quickly take action to heal the condition.