Eye Problems in Dogs
Don’t you think of all the senses, sight is the most delightful? Eyes are nature’s miracle that forms the glorious pictures of the world. A slight discomfort spoils your entire mood and makes you irritable.
Poor dogs! They face the same sometimes. The only difference between you and them is that they lack the words to express their pain.
We have jotted down some common eye problems in dogs with their symptoms, so it gets easier for you to understand their pain.
Cherry Eye is a very common eye problem in dogs. A cherry red lump forms at the inner corner of your dog’s eyes. This happens because the tear-producing gland pops out of its actual position.
If you see this lump, just visit a vet, and he will perform a simple surgery and place back the gland to its position.
When you find your dog blinking his eyes excessively, pawing it more and more, and there’s redness and squinting, chances are, he has dry eyes.
Dry eyes, aka Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca, occurs when the tear-producing glands are not producing enough tears to keep them lubricated.
Frequent application of an artificial tear drop can get the job done, but it’s better to stimulate tear production through medication.
Pink Eye or Conjunctivitis is another frequently occurring eye problem in dogs. The symptoms are similar to us humans: red eyes, gooey discharge, and inflammation.
If irritants like cigarette smoke or pollen cause the pink eye, they should get their eyes flushed by a solution. If the cause is a bacteria, then an antibacterial eye drop would work best.
This is a serious eye problem that causes a lot of pain to that poor little creature and in if not treated promptly, can cause blindness.
Glaucoma is a condition in which the balance between production and drainage of fluids is disturbed, resulting in increased eye pressure.
Symptoms include redness, cloudiness, eye-bulging, dilated pupils, and tearing. Surgery can help relieve these.
With increasing age, cataracts are usual. Inflammation, cloudy eyes, irritation, and change in behavioural patterns due to vision loss are the most common symptoms.
Medications might help soothe the symptoms, but surgery is a recommended option.