Pet Eye Infections

Pet Eye Infections Are a Common Sight for Our Bakersfield Veterinarian

It's a rare occasion when a day goes by without our Bakersfield veterinarian treating at least one furry patient for one sort of infection or another. Ears get infected, Paws, Fight wounds, teeth, and insect bites — they all get infected. But no infection seems to bother our four-legged friends, more than pet eye infections. Quite often, the animal their self has aggravated the condition by constantly pawing at it. And to add insult to injury we usually have to send them home from At the Oaks Pet Hospital wearing one of those large unwieldy plastic cones, also known as Elizabethan collars. Why? Because left on their own, they'd never let the infection heal. Of all the infections we see, none seem to bother pets more than pet eye infections, perhaps because they're always within reach of a front paw. Pet eye infections can be of several varieties.

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Prevalent Causes of Pet Eye Infections 

Both felines and canines are subject to a number of pet infections. They often result in conjunction with various inflammations.  In both species, pet infections may be secondary stemming from primary conditions such as

  • Inflamed corneas, the transparent outer portion of the eyeball including the iris and pupil
  • Uveitis, an inflammation of the inner portion of the eye including the iris and ciliary bodies
  • Blocked eye ducts
  • Conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye, an infection of the conjunctiva, the clear thin membrane covering both whites of the eyes and lining the surface of the eyelids. 
  • And of course, there are causes unrelated to any illness, such as smoke or other irritants, a scratched cornea either self-inflicted or as a result of a cat fight, foreign matter such as grass seed, dirt, or even the pet's own hair.

Species-specific Causes of Pet Eye Infections.

Both dogs and cats can also get pet infections from conditions limited to their species.

In the case of dogs, eye infections can go hand in hand with viral diseases such as distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, canine influenza, and herpes; or with bacterial diseases such as canine ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and brucellosis.

In the case of cats, viral diseases such as feline leukemia (FelV), feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), herpes, various fungal conditions, and parasites such as roundworms and hookworms.

Observable Symptoms of Pet Eye Infections

Whether your pets are cats or dogs, any of the following are indications they may have an eye infection

  • Redness
  • Watering
  • Cloudiness
  • Swelling
  • Thick or foul-smelling discharge
  • Squinting, blinking, or any other signs of light sensitivity
  • Constant pawing at the eye
  • Constricted pupils

A Word of Warning from At the Oaks Pet Hospital in Bakersfield

Pet eye infections should never go ignored. Left untreated, they can spread to other animals in the household, or those they come into contact with outdoors. Untreated, pet infections can result in loss of vision. If you notice that your pet is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, it's important that you schedule an appointment with our Bakersfield veterinarian as soon as possible.