We may be experts when it comes to protecting our own eyes, but what about your pet’s vision? In recognition of “Save Your Vision Week,” here are some ways to protect our furry friends’ vision, too.
1. Watch out for something unusual. Are your pet’s eyes red? Swollen? Cloudy? If you notice something unusual about the eyes of your dog, cat, or horse, consult a veterinarian immediately.
2. Trim hair near eyes. One of the common causes of eye infection with pets is when their hair scratches the cornea (outside layer of the eye). This is most common with long-haired dogs.
3. Clean the eyes. Whenever you notice mucus, dirt, or “eye boogers,” clean the eye gently.
4. Keep their immune system strong. Prevention is better than cure, they say. You can minimize eye disease or infections by keeping the immune system of your horse, dog, and cat in good shape. Feed them with a healthy diet of high-quality food to ensure that they are getting proper nutrients.
5. Schedule a regular eye check-up. Stick to your vet’s routine eye exams – be it monthly, quarterly, or annually. This is a good way to check for diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, eye allergies or infections, and other vision conditions.
Eye Allergy Symptoms
Like us, our pets are also prone to eye allergies. Knowing the symptoms and then treating them immediately can save you plenty of time and money later. It can also relieve discomfort faster. Here are common symptoms that may suggest an eye allergy:
- Nasal congestion/sneezing
- Watery or red eyes
- Discharge (such as pus or muscus)
- Face scratching
If you suspect cat, dog, or horse allergies, contact PALLERGY’s allergy vet today at 1-800-568-1180 for information about eye allergies.