How to Treat and Medicate Dogs which has Eye Infection

Dog eye infection can affect the healthiest of dogs, as any foreign object or pathogen can invade their delicate eyes. The eye lashes, eye lids and tear are the protective gear of eyes, but they cannot protect the eyes from every dust particle, pathogen or abrasion. This leads to swelling of the eyes, discharge and redness that irritates the animal.

A dog with an eye infection will show several symptoms, including the following signs which can affect one or both eyes:

  • Eye discharge – In a dog with an eye infection, discharge is often thick and yellow or greenish in color.
  • Red, swollen eyes – In the case of an eye infection, the eyelids and area around the dog’s eye will often become swollen and red.

  • Bloodshot eyes – The dog’s eyes may become bloodshot if an infection is present.
  • Squinting – Dogs will often squint if they have developed an eye infection.
  • Pawing the eye – A dog with an eye infection may paw at the affected eye

Infections of the eye and surrounding structures are common in pets and usually involve the conjunctiva, leading to conjunctivitis or “pink eye.” Causes of infections include various bacteria, viruses like the Herpes virus, foreign material or irritants in the eye and even Lyme disease. Eye infections may become chronic if not treated and can cause permanent damage such as blindness if neglected. Some dog breeds are more likely to get eye infections than others. Before you get a dog, research its breed to see if they are more prone to eye infections.

If you think your pet has an eye infection, you should get them examined by the Vet for a test, treatment, and to prevent permanent damage from occurring. Vets often recommend applying an antibiotic ointment made especially for the eye. Other treatments besides an ointment are eye drops and all natural herbal treatments. Medications can be received from the Vet and there are also many websites that offer medications for dog and cat eye infections, some being homeopathic or all natural medications. If you want to save money, you can usually get medications cheaper online than at the Vet.

To sooth the painful side effects of an eye infection, there is a product called Newtons Homeopathics Eye Irritation. It relieves pain, itching, dryness, swelling, redness, tired eyes, pink eye, and thick yellow discharge of the eyes.

Sometimes your pet will get an eye infection no matter what. You just can’t prevent it. However, there are steps you can do to help prevent your pet from getting an eye infection and to maintain optimum eye health. The steps are

  • Always keep your dog head inside moving vehicles.
  • Check your dog’s eyes on a regular basis.
  • Make sure its annual veterinary check-up includes a thorough eye exam.
  • Keep your dog’s eyes clean by wiping away any discharge that may accumulate.

Filed Under: Pets & Animals


About the Author: Fred Goodson has a passion for pets and animals. He has 4 dogs and is planning to have another one. He is also a blogger who writes about pets and animals. Currently, he is living in New Jersey.

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