At Oxford Animal Hospital we have provided residents of Oxford, FL, and the surrounding areas with veterinary services for many years. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of pet eye infections. Following are the answers to several questions we often receive about pet eye infections.
What are the symptoms of a pet eye infection?
Symptoms of a pet eye infection include redness, swelling, discharge, pain, squinting, pawing at the eye, and sensitivity to light.
What are the most common causes of pet eye infections?
The most common causes of pet eye infections are bacterial, viral, or fungal infections. Allergies, foreign objects in the eye, and trauma can also cause eye infections.
What should I do if I think my pet has an eye infection?
If you think your pet has an eye infection, you should take it to the veterinarian for an examination and treatment. The veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or other medications, depending on the cause of the infection.
How long does it take for a pet eye infection to heal?
The amount of time it takes for a pet eye infection to heal will depend on the type of infection and the severity of the infection. In most cases, a pet eye infection can be treated and healed in one to two weeks.
Is it safe to use human eye drops on my pet?
No, it is not safe to use human eye drops on your pet. Human eye drops contain ingredients that can be harmful to your pet, so it is best to use eye drops that are specifically designed for pets.
Can I give my pet over-the-counter medication, such as an antihistamine, to treat an eye infection?
No, you should not give your pet over-the-counter medication to treat an eye infection. Over-the-counter medications are not designed for pet use and may contain harmful ingredients.
Are there any home tests I can do to determine if my pet has an eye infection?
No, there are no home tests that can be used to determine if your pet has an eye infection. The only way to diagnose an eye infection is through a veterinary examination.
How can I prevent my pet from getting eye infections in the future?
You can prevent your pet from getting eye infections in the future by making sure their environment is clean and free of debris, checking their eyes regularly for any abnormalities, avoiding contact with other animals that may be infected, and providing them with regular eye care. Gently wipe around your pet's eyes with a clean, soft, damp cloth weekly and anytime you notice its face is dirty.
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