Pet eye infections are common problems that vets deal with routinely. These infections have various causes and generally require treatment to avoid vision loss and other eye-related issues. At Mauston Pet Hospital in Mauston, WI, we have years of experience treating pet eye infections. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions pet owners have about eye infections.
What Causes Eye Infections?
Both cats and dogs are easily susceptible to eye infections. An injury to the eye can lead to infection. Even a minor scratch from investigating around bushes can lead to an infection. Canine diseases such as influenza or leptospirosis can affect the eyes. Parasites can also cause eye problems. Being exposed to irritants, such as smoke, dust, or grooming products can cause eye irritation and infections. Your pet may have a foreign object in its eye, resulting in an infection. Allergies can cause chronic inflammation that can lead to infection.
What Are Symptoms of a Pet Eye Infection?
You may notice your dog or cat has a watery discharge from the eye or a thick discharge that forms crusts at the corners. Your pet may also experience upper respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing or runny nose. Your pet may blink frequently or paw at the eye when suffering from an infection. You may also notice redness or swelling in or around the eye. The animal may hold the eye closed or be sensitive to light when suffering from an infection. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, it's essential to contact our clinic for an immediate assessment to diagnose the root cause of the problem and administer appropriate treatment.
How Are Eye Infections Diagnosed?
Our veterinarian will use a special dye that allows them to inspect the eye's corneal surface to look for damage. Specialized equipment also helps your vet to measure tear production and see into the eye's interior structures. If necessary, allergy testing and bacterial cultures can be done.
How Are Pet Eye Infections Treated?
If your pet is suffering from an eye infection, our veterinarian will prescribe a treatment plan that may include eye drops or ointments to eliminate the infection. In addition, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal agents are generally very successful in fighting eye infections.
Contact Us for Pet Eye Care from Our Veterinarian in Mauston, WI
Dr. Kaleka and our team at Mauston Pet Hospital provide quality veterinary care for our patients in Mauston and surrounding communities. We offer a broad range of services for your pet's needs, including wellness visits, dental care, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and emergency care. Contact Mauston Pet Hospital today at (608) 847-6024 for an appointment to have your pet examined or to learn more about effective treatment options for your pet's eye infection.