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How to Tell if Your Pet Has An Eye Infection

Our Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City Shares How to Tell if Your Pet Has An Eye Infection

If your dog or cat has been displaying signs that they have discomfort in an eye or difficulty seeing, you may wonder if they are suffering from an eye infection. Eye infections are common occurrences in household pets. Knowing the signs and how to handle the situation is important. Here are some Pet Eye Infection FAQ to read over to help determine whether your pet is in need of an assessment by our veterinarian at Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City, CA.

cat getting ready for a vet examination

What Are The Signs Of An Eye Infection?

When a pet has an infection in an eye, you may notice the eye does not appear as it normally does. There is likely to be a discharge or your pet will squint, making it noticeable that one eye is not open as widely as the other. Redness or cloudiness of the eye is another symptom of an infection. Some pets also suffer from light sensitivity if an eye infection is present.

Why Is It Important To Treat An Eye Infection?

If you suspect your pet has an eye infection, getting treatment promptly is best. Failing to have an eye evaluated and treated by a veterinarian can lead to possible loss of vision or blindness. Anytime a pet shows a problem with an eye, it is best to get the condition evaluated as some other medical problems mimic eye infection symptoms. This includes glaucoma, a lack of vitamin intake, or a tumor.

How Does An Eye Infection Occur And How Can Our Veterinarian Help?

There are several causes of eye infections. If foreign matter gets into the eye, it can cause discomfort and lead to an infection over time. If a pet has a scratched eye, bacteria can get into the cut portion and cause an infection to occur. Viruses, bacteria presence, and fungus can all cause an eye infection as well. A veterinarian will do a complete assessment and provide the proper treatment to eliminate symptoms so your pet is no longer uncomfortable.

Call Our Veterinarian Today!

If you wish to find out more about eye infections, contact our veterinarian at Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City. Contact us at: (818) 760-3882. 


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Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Sammers is an 11 year old, Black, Domestic Short Hair Cat. His owner noticed that Sammers was pacing, walking around in circles at home and crying out in pain.

    "I would like to thank all of the staff who helped with Sammer's UTI. He was miserable, and you guys made him better. I cannot thank you enough for helping him. It is great to have a place to go when all the other vet clinics are closed.""
    Roxanne & "Sammers"- June 2012
  • "Kahlua is a very special service dog. He was brought in by his owner when she noticed that Kahlua was acting very painful and didn't want to jump. After a thorough exam Kahlua went home with some pain meds. Kahlua's mom stopped by our Facebook page to send us a note on his progress.

    "Just wanted to thank Dr. Cavanaugh, straight from the heart for seeing our Kahlua and putting our worries to rest. It was hilarious trying to get him to take his Tramadol.... cheese would not work but the Chunky Skippy did the trick. WE THINK YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!! So thank you, straight from the heart.""
    Michelle & "Kahula" - July 2012