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Pet Eye Injury: When to Seek Veterinary Care?

Injuries are common with pets, just as with all other types of injuries, your pet could experience an eye injury. Here, our Animal Emergency Clinic vets discuss what the signs of an eye injury are and how your pet will be treated.

There are various injuries that your pet may sustain to their eye including foreign bodies in the eye, scratches, chemical exposure or contact corneal trauma.

It is important that you take your pet to visit a vet and be assessed as soon as you notice the signs of an eye injury.

Your pet will require immediate eye injury care because a number of eye conditions can lead to permanent scarring or even blindness if not properly treated.

Common Causes of Eye Injuries in Pets

Some of the most common eye injuries in pets include:

  • Cat eye injury from fights
  • Dog eye injury caused by cat scratch
  • Other types of altercations with animals
  • Running in the woods - branches scratching eye
  • Digging in brush - damage to eye caused by brush
  • Dangerous projectiles such as fireworks
  • Riding in a car with head out the window

Symptoms of Pet Eye Injuries

If your dog or cat is experiencing any of the following eye injury symptoms, get to your vet right away:

  • General Discomfort
  • Squinting
  • Rapid Blinking
  • Inability to Open Eye
  • Tearing Eyes
  • Bloodshot Eyes
  • Pawing at Eye / Face
  • Cloudiness or Discharge

Diagnosing Pet Eye Injuries

You can help your vet determine the diagnosis by providing specific information including when your pet’s symptoms began, if they seem better or worse, and any details you may know about the situation that caused the injury.

If your vet can’t immediately see a foreign object in your pet's eye or other damage to the eye, they’ll conduct a thorough ocular exam to determine if there’s a deeper injury, irritation or bruising as a result of trauma.

Cat & Dog Eye Injury Treatment

Treatment options will depend on the severity of your pet's injury and what caused the injury to your pet's eye. In many cases, a simple injury can be treated by having your dog or cat wear an e-collar to prevent rubbing and prescription antibiotics or drops. More complex injuries may require surgery to repair your pet's eye and restore its function.

If your dog or cat is suffering from an ongoing or severe eye issue contact our veterinarians at Animal Emergency Clinic.. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your pet is suffering from a painful eye injury contact your vet right away or visit our vets at Animal Emergency Clinic. Our veterinary team is here to help your pet. Contact us to learn more.

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Animal Emergency Clinic is an after-hours emergency animal hospital providing urgent care to cats and dogs from St. Louis and surrounding areas. Contact us right away if you are experiencing a veterinary emergency.

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