Most Common Dog Eye Problems can be taken care of by knowing your dog and being prepared.
Proper eye care is an important part of taking care of your pet. It's easy, doesn't take much time, and there is very little up-front investment.
Somethings you should do are:
The following are some common other Dog Eye Problems:
As with humans, dog cataracts is usually genetic and causes the clear lens behind the pupil to become cloudy or white. The dog’s vision will worsen over time to the point of blindness.
Corneal ulcers. Jeez – sounds pretty scary, huh? It’s not as bad as it sounds or often looks, and, although bacteria can complicate the problem, dogs usually experience a full recovery. Corneal ulcers are simply more complex dog eye injuries and are usually caused by a cat scratch, thorn or other foreign object.
If your dog’s eye or the area around the eye becomes inflamed, it is usually a sign of infection. The best method for treatment is to clean it thoroughly and use an eye drop for dog formula.
In-growing eyelids are a dog eye problem that can be hereditary or the result of continuous inflammation. With this condition, the eyelids turn in and press the eyelashes against their eye. The rubbing can cause a large (and sometimes white) ulcer.
Dogs will be dogs, which sometimes includes sticking their noses in places better avoided. Dog eye problems are sometimes the consequence and come in many forms like scratches, cuts or bruising of the eyeball.
There is a huge misconception that pink eye or conjunctivitis is red eyes, but there could be nothing further from the truth. Conjunctivitis may be one of the symptoms of red eyes, but that is all it is; it is not red eyes.
Keratocon junctivitis sicca or dry eye
Is caused by a breakdown in the tear film that protects the cornea. When this film breaks down, the cornea is deprived of the nourishment it needs to remain healthy and deterioration begins. Brown coloration, scar tissue, ulcers, and blood vessel growth can then develop and interfere with eyesight.
A dog with dry eye is a dog whose eyes sting constantly. The lack of tears also contributes to the increase in mucous in the eye, resulting in a greenish discharge that adheres to the hairs near the eye. The canine eye discharge can be cleared up with medication, but if dry eye is the cause, it returns when the dosing ceases.
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