Pet Eye Infections FAQ

Alum Rock Animal Hospital Answers Your Pet Eye Infection FAQs

Pet eye infections are a common problem that can occur due to a number of factors. Symptoms are often clear that something is serious and requires veterinary attention. At Alum Rock Animal Hospital in San Jose, CA, we offer treatment of common pet eye infections. Here are a few of the frequently asked questions we receive about eye infections in pets.

What Are the Signs of A Pet Eye Infection?

You can begin to suspect an eye infection when your pet has red, inflamed eyes. There may be a discharge from the eyes that may be clear or colored. The eyes may be watery, and the animal may blink repeatedly to try to clear them. The eye may appear swollen. The iris of the eye may look cloudy. The animal may paw at the eyes to stop it from itching.

What Causes Pet Eye Infections?

An eye infection can be the result of bacteria, viruses or a fungus. Conjunctivitis occurs in animals as much as it does in people. Problems with the tear ducts can also lead to increasing eye problems. Irritants such as cigarette smoke or chemical vapors can also lead to redness, irritation, and subsequent infection. An injury to the eye can lead to infection. In some cases, a foreign object, like a cinder or pollen can cause an infection.

How Are Eye Infections Treated?

For minor eye infections, an antibiotic ointment or drops are administered for a period of several days. Other issues may require investigation. A dry eye problem may require ongoing treatment. If a serious problem is found after running test, surgery may be indicated.

Why Is It Important To Get Prompt Treatment For Eye Infections?

Eye infections are uncomfortable for your pet. Symptoms can also signal a more serious underlying problem that should be addressed  in order to preserve your pet’s vision. If your pet’s eyes appear irritated and swollen for more than a day or two, see your vet promptly.

Make Alum Rock Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in San Jose

Dr. Bath and the team at Alum Rock Animal Hospital make patient care their top priority for patients in San Jose, CA and surrounding communities. We provide a wide range of veterinary services such as: vaccinations, wellness exams, sick animal care, surgery and ultrasound therapy. Call Alum Rock Animal Hospital at 408-258-2735 to schedule an appointment today.