by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society
When we think about our furry family members’ happiness, their health is a top concern. Yet, we might not always think about their eyes.
Like us, our pets can have eye troubles that, if ignored, could make them uncomfortable and affect their vision.
Common Eye Problems in Pets
1. Conjunctivitis: Also known as “pink eye,” conjunctivitis is a common eye condition characterized by redness, discharge and inflammation. It can be caused by allergies, infections or foreign objects in the eye.
2. Cataracts: Even our precious pups can get cataracts, which are a clouding of the eye’s lens, which can lead to blurred vision and, in severe cases, blindness.
3. Glaucoma: Glaucoma is a painful condition in which the pressure within the eye increases, potentially leading to irreversible damage.
Caring for your Pet’s Eyes
1. Regular Checkups: Annual checkups with your veterinarian are essential for monitoring your pet’s eye health.
2. Proper Nutrition: A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients like vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids is crucial for maintaining your pet’s overall health.
3. Environmental Awareness: Keep an eye on your pet’s surroundings. Sharp objects, plants or chemicals can pose threats to their eyes. Ensure your home and play areas are safe for your pet.
4. Gentle Cleaning: If your pet’s eyes produce excessive discharge or tears, gently clean them with a clean, damp cloth.
5. Preventive Care: Vaccinations and treatments for common pet diseases, such as heartworm, can have indirect positive effects on eye health.
6. Eye Protection: If your pet enjoys outdoor activities, consider protective eyewear. Goggles designed for pets can shield their eyes from UV rays, dust and debris. We all love to take our dogs on road trips and let them hang out the window to enjoy the breeze. But here’s something to think about… when a pebble hits your windshield, what usually happens? Now, what if that pebble hits your dog’s eye as it’s hanging out the window?
Keeping an eye out for any potential troubles, scheduling regular checkups, serving up a diet fit for a furry king or queen, and creating a safe and playful environment all play a role in maintaining your pet’s vision and their overall zest for life.
You can always find hope and love in a dog’s eyes, so let’s make sure they’re healthy.