Pet Eye Care
Attentive, Prompt Care for Pet Eye Problems
We consider eye problems to be emergencies needing prompt attention. Eye problems in pets can be misleading. Many owners do not realize that squinting or tearing eyes can signal serious conditions. A veterinarian should evaluate any eye changes.
During routine exams at Hope Veterinary Care we will check your pet’s eyes. We can care for many common eye diseases and minor injuries. For more serious eye problems we will refer you to a board-certified ophthalmologist.
Eye Problems: What to Look For
Watch for the following signs that something could be wrong with one or both of your pet’s eyes:
- Discharge, like mucus or crust
- Tearing or chronic tear-stained fur
- Red or white eyelid linings Closed or squinting eye(s) Cloudiness or change in eye color
- Visible third eyelid
- Unequal pupil sizes
- Pawing or rubbing the eyes
Caring for Your Pet’s Eyes
- Keep your pet’s eyes free of discharge by gently wiping with a damp cotton ball. Be sure to wipe outward from the corner of the eye and don’t touch the eyeball to avoid scratching the cornea.
- Protect your pet’s eyes during shampoos or when applying topical preventive medicines.
- Please do not allow dogs to have their heads out the window while riding in vehicles (or if they must, ask us about special dog goggles). While dogs love it, this habit can lead to eye injuries. Blowing debris can injure the eyes and wind dries out the corneas.
If you notice unusual tearing, discomfort, or any of the other symptoms listed above, call us immediately at (401) 823-7211 to schedule an evaluation.