Pet Eye Infections FAQ

Pet Eye Infections FAQs Answered by Your Studio City Veterinarian

If you notice your pet squinting and blinking or repeatedly rubbing their eyes, you might be dealing with an eye infection.  Infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria or fungal infections, trauma, or some small irritant in their eyes.

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Pet Eye Infections FAQ

While the most common cause is allergies, if you notice your pet displaying these symptoms, you will want to get professional help to make sure things don’t get worse or cause permanent damage.

What Are The Signs Of Eye Infections?

If your pet displays these symptoms, they are likely dealing with an eye infection:

  • Redness
  • Swelling of the eyes
  • Cloudy iris
  • Squinting or blinking
  • Pawing or rubbing at eyes
  • A discharge from the eyes

What Can The Symptoms Of Pet Infections Mean?

If you see a thick mucus layer covering the eye or clouding the eye, it may be a sign of dry eye or conjunctivitis.  That happens when your pet isn't getting enough moisture from their tear ducts.  It could be a minor issue or as serious as an infection that interferes with tear production.

A red growth in the corner of the eye can be produced when what’s called a “nictitating membrane” or more commonly called a “third eyelid,” protrudes from under the lid.

If you notice eyelids that curl under, they may have a condition called entropion which can cause irritation.

An inflammation of the inner structures can lead to uveitis and commonly shows as blood or pus in the front area of the eye.

Just like humans, animals can also have cataracts that manifest as opaque spots on the eye’s lens.

Do I Need To Treat Eye Infections Right Away?

While a small scratch or irritation might heal itself in 24-48 hours, more serious problems need immediate treatment.  Some conditions need surgery to correct the problem and keep your pet healthy.  While it may be allergies or a small irritant, it could also be a serious condition, including glaucoma.

What Should I Do If I See The Warning Signs?

If you are comfortable doing it, gently – and very carefully – clean any discharge or puss that you can easily remove.  If your pet has hard mucus on or around their eyes, see a veterinarian rather than try to clean it yourself. 

If the condition doesn’t clear up within 48 hours, it’s time to talk to the professionals.

Contact Animal Emergency Centre in Studio City for Help

If you have concerns about pet eye infections or any pet emergency, get in touch with us.  Our team of licensed veterinarians is trained in pet emergency room care.  In the Studio City area, our pet emergency room is open overnight, after-hours and 24/7 on the weekends. You can reach us at (818)760-3882 or visit us at 11730 Ventura Blvd in Studio City, CA.


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  • "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.

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