How to Tell if Your Pet Has An Eye Infection

A Veterinarian Can Help Your Pet With an Eye Infection

Pets can contract an eye infection from just about anything in their environment. Cats and dogs can pick up eye infections from similar sources, but dogs that do not hesitate to jump into bodies of water have an increased risk of infection. At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, we want your pet to be free from eye infections. Following is a pet eye infection FAQ to help you recognize the signs of an eye infection and what to do about it.

Pet Eye Infection FAQ

What are some of the signs of an eye infection?

The most common signs of an eye infection include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Cloudy iris
  • Discharge from the eye in the form of green-yellow pus, mucus or water
  • Squinting and/or frequent blinking
  • Rubbing at the eye with a paw or leg

What causes an eye infection?

Botch cats and dogs can get eye infections from allergies, an injury, foreign body in the eye, tear duct blockages, dry eye, tumors, or distemper.

How soon should I call the vet after noticing my pet has something wrong with their eye?

The time to call the vet is as soon as you notice something is wrong with your pet's eye or vision. Time is of the essence when it comes to a vision issue and the quicker you get your pet into the clinic, the better the outcome.

How can I prevent an eye infection?

For cats, keeping them indoors is the easiest way to prevent an eye infection. Dogs require more intervention in the form of wiping eyes after they have been outdoors, not letting them hang their head out the window when driving and using saline solution to rinse their eyes after a dip in a body of water.

Contact Us Today for an Appointment With the Vet

At West Boca Veterinary Center in Boca Raton, we are here to help your pet with an eye infection and make them comfortable again. Our veterinarian is ready to see your pet, diagnose the issue, and provide treatment so your pet can return to a normal life once again. Call us today so we can schedule you in as soon as possible.

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