Whether your four-legged friend is a busy hunting dog or an indoor cat, eye injuries can easily happen to our pets, and when they do it's important that these injuries receive proper care. Today, we discuss the symptoms of eye injuries in pets and when to head to the vet.
Common Pet Eye Injuries
A dog or cat eye injury could be a minor problem however many of these injuries can be severe. Some of the most common eye injuries we see in pets include:
- Foreign Bodies in the Eye
- Eye Scratches
- Chemical Exposure
- Contact corneal trauma
As soon as you notice that your pet is showing any symptoms, you should see a veterinarian as soon as possible to determine the cause and severity.
It's important to visit the vet because a number of eye conditions can lead to permanent scarring or even blindness if not properly treated.
Common Symptoms of a Cat or Dog Eye Injury
If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, get to your vet right away:
- General Discomfort
- Rapid Blinking
- Inability to Open Eye
- Tearing Eyes
- Bloodshot Eyes
- Pawing at Eye / Face
- Cloudiness or Discharge
Common Causes of Eye Injuries
A number of things could cause a cat or dog eye injury, but some of the most common include:
- Altercations with other animals
- Running in the woods or digging in brush
- Dangerous projectiles such as fireworks
- Riding in a car with head out the window
Dog & Cat Eye Injury Treatment
You can help your vet determine the diagnosis by providing specific information including when your pet’s symptoms began, if they seem better or worse, and details about the situation that caused the injury.
If your vet can’t immediately see a foreign object in your pet's eye, they’ll conduct a thorough ocular exam to determine if there’s a deeper injury, irritation, or bruising as a result of trauma.
Treatment options will depend on the severity of your pet's injury. A simple injury can be treated with an e-collar and prescription antibiotics or drops while more complicated injuries may require surgery to repair your pet's eye and restore its function.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.