Basset Hound

πŸ‘ Eye problems should always be checked out as soon as possible as they can become severe very quickly and cause permanent damage. Signs of eye issues are normally fairly obvious but include:

  • Redness of the eye
  • Swelling around the eye
  • Discharge from the eye
  • Pet keeping the eye shut or squinting
  • Blindness (bumping into things)

πŸ‘ Common eye problems include:

  • Conjunctivitis (often caused by bacteria in dogs and viruses in cats)
  • Ulcers of the surface of the eye (these can be very painful and dangerous)
  • Dry eye (common in certain breeds of dog)
  • Cataracts (may be caused by diabetes in dogs)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure leading to blindness)
Examining a kitten with an ophthalmoscope

πŸ‘ When examining a pet with an eye problem we will always give them a thorough general examination as well to pick up on other signs of problems. When examining the eye we are likely to use several of the following:

  • General observation of the eye
  • Feeling around the eye and looking closely at the eyelids
  • Examining the eye with an ophthalmoscope
  • Placing special strips of paper in the eye to measure tear production
  • Using eye drops to dilate the pupil, local anaesthetic drops and/or eye drops with a special dye
  • Measurement of your pet’s blood pressure

πŸ‘ Once we have worked out what is going on with your pet’s eyes, we will be able to advise you on the best treatment plan. Most conditions will require a follow-up check after a few days to ensure that the eye is healing appropriately. Follow up checks carry a reduced fee.