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Common Pet Eye Injuries

Common Pet Eye Injuries

Whether your pet is a hunting dog or an indoor cat, eye injuries can occur, and should be seen by a vet right away. Today, we discuss common eye injuries in pets.

Eye Injuries & Your Pet

Eye injuries in pets can range from mild to severe and can include a wide range of conditions such as foreign bodies in the eye, scratches, chemical exposure or contact corneal trauma.

As soon as you notice your pet showing any symptoms, you should see a veterinarian 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 Eye Injuries

If your pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, get to your vet right away:

  • General Discomfort
  • Squinting
  • Rapid Blinking
  • Inability to Open the Eye
  • Tearing Eyes
  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Pawing at Eye / Face
  • Cloudiness or Discharge

Common Causes of Eye Injuries

There are many causes for eye injuries in dogs and cats, but 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

Diagnosis & 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.

Veterinary Ophthalmology Services

In some cases, our four-legged friends have eye injuries that require the care of a specialist vet. Could your pet could benefit from the advanced diagnostics and care of a board-certified ophthalmologist? Contact Newtown Veterinary Specialists to learn more about specialist eye care at our Newtown animal hospital. 

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.

Has your pet hurt their eye? Contact our Newtown vets right away. Our emergency vets and ophthalmology team are here to help restore your dog's or cat's eye health and vision.

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Newtown Veterinary Specialists is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Newtown companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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