Eye Injuries In Pets Need Immediate Veterinary Attention
Unfortunately, eye injuries in pets are common and can lead to permanent blindness or scarring if it is left unaddressed. It’s vital to recognize the signs of an eye injury so that you can take your pet to the veterinarian for treatment as soon as possible. Below is information about the signs of a pet eye injury and how it is treated at Meriden Animal Hospital in Meriden, KS.
Signs of an Eye Injury in Pets
Your pet may not be in your sight when he gets injured and may mask the pain, so you may not notice the injury right away. Keep in mind that severe injuries may cause permanent damage, so he needs to be examined by our veterinarian as soon as you become aware of the problem. Some signs of an eye injury in pets may include:
- Bleeding in or around the eye
- Watery, yellow or green discharge
- Bulging eye
- Swelling around the eye
- Visible tear on the eyelid
- Visible object in the eye
- Avoiding bright lights
- Constantly scratching the eye
Dealing With an Eye Injury
If your pet has symptoms of discharge, redness, or squinting, carefully check the eye for any foreign object. In some situations, flushing the eye with water may solve the problem. However, if the debris cannot be removed with flushing, do not attempt to remove the object with your fingers or tweezers. Instead, cover the eye with a soft cloth and take him to our veterinarian right away.
The type of treatment your veterinarian recommends will depend on the type of injury the eye has sustained. We will carefully examine your pet’s eye and look for signs of inflammation, irritation, and a scratched cornea. If the problem is due to irritation or inflammation, it can be treated with prescription eye drops or an ointment to soothe the discomfort and prevent an infection. If the eye has a deep scratch or an ulcer on the cornea, your vet will recommend the best option for your pet.
Call Us Right Away For Treatment Of An Eye Injury
If you suspect your pet has an eye injury, don’t wait to contact our team at Meriden Animal Hospital. An eye injury can be painful for your beloved animal, and delaying treatment can result in infections or vision loss. Call 785-484-3358 to talk to our staff about getting treatment right away for your furry friend.