You take your pet for checkups, feed them the best food and make sure they have plenty of exercises, but that is not all that is necessary to ensure they have a long happy life. Taking quick action on health problems that pop up, such as eye infections, is also a necessary part of the pet care equation. At Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness, serving Annapolis, MD, and the surrounding areas, we are here to help you better understand how to address these health issues. Keep reading to learn more.
What Causes Pet Eye Infections?
Pet eye infections can be caused by many different reasons. Let's look at a few of the most common causes:
- Injury - If your pet's eye has been injured, that injury could lead to an infection. Once the eye has been injured, it is very easy for bacteria and dirt to get into the wound. When this happens, the infection can start. Some infections can be hard to treat if they are not stopped early enough. This is why it is important to seek veterinarian care any time your pet has an injury.
- Insect Stings/Bites - If your pet was stung or bitten by an insect in the eye it could result in an infection. If your pet was stung or bitten in the eye, you may notice it keeping its eyes closed. You may also notice it pawing at its face.
- Bacteria - Your pet could also develop an eye infection if bacteria is present in its eyes. This is why it is important to keep your pet clean and keep their eyes washed out.
Symptoms of Pet Eye Infections
You should be on the lookout for the following symptoms of a pet eye infection:
- Drainage - You may start to notice a discharge coming from your pet's eyes. This discharge can be clear or colored. If the infection is severe, you may also notice a smell.
- Pawing - You may notice your pet pawing at its face if it is in pain or discomfort.
- Closed eyes - You may notice your pet not wanting to open its eyes if an infection is present.
If your pet does have an infection, the vet will examine the eye and develop a treatment plan to resolve the infection.
To learn more about our services, contact us at Annapolis Veterinary & Wellness, serving Annapolis, MD, and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 410-224-6624.