Pet Eye Infections

Just like us, our four-legged friends also experience eye allergies, and they can be challenging to identify. Unusual blinking, redness, discharge, or increased rubbing of the eyes, could signal a more sinister problem. If left untreated, an eye infection can progress into a year-round problem that can impact your pet's overall health. If you suspect that your pet has an eye infection, our Huntington Beach veterinarian at Friendly Animal Hospital can help diagnose and treat the problem.

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Signs and Symptoms of Pet Eye Infections

The most significant sign of an infection in your pet are red, inflamed eyes, accompanied by a discharge. Depending on the disease, the discharge could be clear, colored, or smelly. The eyes may also appear watery, and your pet may continuously blink to try and clear them. Here are the significant signs to look out for:

  • Redness on the eye
  • Constant blinking or spasms of the eyelid
  • Pawing at the infected eye or eyes due to itchiness or pain
  • Swollen eyelids or eyelids that appear puffy
  • Eye discharge
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Holding an eye closed

Causes of Eye Infections in Pets

An eye infection can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungus. If your pet has problems with his or her tear ducts, it may be the cause of the eye infection. Some pets have sensitive eyes, which can be irritated by cigarette smoke, debris, and chemical vapors. Common causes of eye infections in pets include:

  • Bacteria
  • Irritants such as smoke and dust
  • Parasites
  • Scratch or bruise on the cornea
  • Fungus
  • Viruses
  • A foreign object or matter like grass
  • Trauma

When to Visit a Veterinarian

While most eye infections may come and go unnoticed, it is essential to keep a close eye on your pet to spot some of these problems early. If you suspect that your pet has an eye infection, a visit to the veterinarian is a great idea. Your vet will perform regular eye exams, which in most cases, are similar to those for humans. If your pet has a minor infection, antibiotics may be prescribed to be administered for a specific duration, and a follow up at the end of the dosage. At Friendly Animal Hospital in Huntington Beach, we are here to ensure that your pet's health is in optimal condition. Book your appointment with us today by calling (714) 784-0680.

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