Common Dog Eye Illnesses
Dog eye illness’s is a common phenomenon that dog owners have to deal with regularly. All dogs are susceptible of suffering from dog eye illnesses at various stages of their life. It is recommended that people be aware of the various eye problems that might bring discomfort to dogs. Some of these eye conditions are treatable more than others. Mainly, dogs can suffer from eye diseases during the early stages of their lives while others suffer eye problems in old age. There are those that are hereditary as well as anatomical. The vet will be able to diagnose the right eye problem and offer the required treatment for your dog.
Symptoms of Dog Eye Problems
It is important to look out for the following symptoms in Dogs’ eyes. The dog may spend time pawing and rubbing the eyes continuously. The dog may also have eye problems if it tries to avoid light, have inflammation around the eyes, discharge from the eyes, excess tearing, redness as well as rubbing its eyes on objects. It is good to watch out for these symptoms and visit the veterinarian when need be. Dog eye disease or irritations can be very uncomfortable for the dog. Some of the dog conditions if not treated well may result in permanent blindness. This should be considered before ignoring the eye problem which the dog may be suffering from.
Types of Eye Problems in Dogs
Dog Cataracts is a very common dog illness that is mainly genetic. The dog’s eye lenses which are mainly clear turn cloudy. This condition is very serious and if not treated it will result in blindness. The problem can be confused with nuclear sclerosis which affects old dogs as the lens change colour from this condition.
The cataract however, can occur as a result of an injury to the eye or even as a result of chronic illnesses. When the condition is caused by an injury, hemlock can be used to cure the disease. However, if the condition is genetic the veterinarian may recommend the removal of the lens surgically. In many cases, the dog eye does not go back to its normal condition but the sight of the dog improves dramatically. It is important to treat chronic diseases early to avoid this condition.
A corneal ulcers dog eye problem is mainly caused by direct injury to the eye. When a scratch, thorn or foreign objects injures the eye the dog may suffer from a corneal ulcer. The foreign objects must be removed immediately to avoid further bacterial infection into the eye. It is not easy to see foreign objects so therefore, a special light is required to diagnose the condition properly. The dog will normally produce a lot of tears or in some cases have a partially closed eye. There may be irritations to the eye, and from a scratched eye the dog can suffer from a corneal ulcer.
When blood is visible from the eye, then serious damage may have occurred and it is good to see a veterinary without delay. Treatments which the vet might introduce includes; adding cod-liver oil to the dog’s eye. Monkshood is also a recommended homeopathic solution to the problem.
Dog eye problems are covered by most types of dog insurance policies. Make sure you talk to your insurance company if this type of cover isn’t added to your insurance policy as treatments for such eye conditions can be very costly. These types of conditions must be treated without delay to avoid any damage to the dog’s sight. If these conditions are left untreated the dog/s condition could result in blindness.
Cherry eye affects the dog’s nictitating membrane which is mainly known as the “third eyelid”. This condition occurs when the fibrous tissues that protect the third eyelids are weakened thus causing the tear glands to swell up. This creates large red masses around the eyelids. This condition mainly occurs to young dogs. The corneal ulcer will be inflamed, gloomy and squinty. The problem can be as a result of injury to the cornea due to underlying infections or wounds to the eye. If one eye is affected by this condition it is easily transmitted to the other eye. It can be treated by surgically replacing the eye gland to get rid of the cherry mass.
Glaucoma is another eye infection for the dogs that occurs when pressure is applied into the eye leading to blockage and discomfort. This condition should be treated immediately because if it’s not taken care of it can result in blindness. When a dog has this condition it will show redness, cloudiness and enlarged pupils every time. The dog has to be given several eye ointments to clear the condition. Treatment of underlying infections will also help clear glaucoma.
Conjunctivitis which is commonly referred to as pink eye is another dog eye problem. The dog’s eye turns to pink as well as bloodshot or irritated. The eyelids will mainly become inflamed and swollen. The inflammation of the eye membranes can get very severe such that the swelling becomes large and the eye closes. In other cases, the eye may produce some discharge. This will make the dog’s eye very difficult to open or blink and bacterial or viral infections may aggravate the problem. The eye should be washed with warm water using a cotton ball to remove the thick sticky discharge. The veterinarian will also be able to provide the required antibiotics that will cure the eye and relief pain for the dog.
Dog eyelid problems can be hereditary or brought about by chronic eye inflammations. In this disease, the dog’s eyelids turn in and push the eyelashes against the eye. A simple operation can be conducted to cure this disease. The young dogs can be treated with homeopathic treatments and even herbal medications. Dog eye illness’s is a condition that can be corrected when treated early and the right medication provided.
Some eye issues in dogs are hereditary but most that we’ve seen have been induced by some sort of accident or irritation brought on by a foreign object. Make sure you get adequate dog insurance cover for these types of conditions as it’s important that they a dealt with quickly to avoid any further issues or injury.