Eye health in dogs and cats is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem, typically because pet owners are uncertain as to what would constitute a true veterinary crisis. At Rocklin Road Animal Hospital, we work closely with dog and cat owners to identify the source of eye symptoms and to develop a treatment plan that meets the needs of the pet and owner.
Obvious symptoms of an eye problem in your dog or cat include watery or mucoid discharge; decreased vision or blindness; and excessive blinking, squinting, redness, puffiness, and pawing at the eyes or face. Any pet that demonstrates eye pain—symptoms such as tenderness, discharge, excessive tears, or sensitivity to light—should be brought to your veterinarian at once.
Glaucoma, tumors, and abscesses behind the eye may cause a bulging appearance, while dehydration, certain nerve conditions, weight loss, and even tetanus may cause the eye to seem sunken. There are many conditions that may cause the eye to simply appear irritated, such as dry eye (KCS), infections or eyelash or eyelid problems, or a foreign object or small tumor in the eye. And a discharge of any kind is cause for concern.
Our veterinarians are experts at diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions of the eye in both dogs and cats. Common eye problems that are addressed and treated surgically by the veterinarians of Rocklin Road Animal Hospital include:
- Repair of entropion (rolling in of the eyelids)
- Repair of prolapsed glands of the membrane nictitans (cherry eye)
- Removal of eyelid tumors
- Repair of an incomplete tear duct (your pet seems to be “crying” all the time)
Never delay when it means risking your pet’s eyesight. Contact us at Rocklin Road Animal Hospital to discuss possible symptoms of eye problems in your dog or cat.