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Veterinary Ophthalmology:True Care for Your Pet’s Eyes

Your True Care veterinarian is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and conditions, those that may interfere with your pet’s vision and the long-term health of the eyes.

A critical eye problem can lead to serious damage, permanently harming your pet’s vision and even affecting your animal’s overall health. However, eye health in pets is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem.

Symptoms of Eye Problems in Pets

While it’s true that your pet is unable to tell you when something is wrong, there are a variety of symptoms pet owners should know that are indicative of the need for veterinary assistance. Some of the more recognizable symptoms of an eye problem in pets include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Excessive blinking
  • Squinting
  • Redness
  • Puffiness
  • Pawing at the eyes or face

Glaucoma, tumors, and abscesses behind the eye may cause a bulging appearance, while dehydration, 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 infections or eyelash or eyelid problems. And a discharge of any kind is cause for concern.

Any pet demonstrating pain in or near the eyes—symptoms such as tenderness, discharge, excessive tears, or sensitivity to light—should be brought to your True Care veterinarian at once.

While “watery eyes” or “excessive blinking” may not seem like a veterinary crisis to a pet owner, it is always preferable to contact your veterinarian rather than risk your pet’s eyesight. We work closely with pet owners to identify the source of eye symptoms and to develop a treatment plan that meets the needs of the pet and his or her owner.

Call, or email us at True Care Veterinary Hospital to discuss possible symptoms of eye problems in your pet.

We recommend this helpful guide, Symptoms of Eye Problems in Dogs, from the Pet Health Center at WebMD.


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