Common Eye Problems In Dogs

Dog In GlassesThere's a good chance you may be forced to deal with dog eye problems sometime during your dog-owning years.

Your pup may fall victim to one of the eye disorders common to his breed.

Or he might develop an eye disease or accidentally end up with an eye injury.

Here are some things you should know about such things.

Eye Disease Symptoms

So what exactly are we looking for here? Your dog could have anything from weepy, watery eyes to an ugly injury that you know needs immediate attention.

Other symptoms, like cloudiness, might remain unnoticed for a long time -- until you gaze into your pup's eyes and realize they don't look quite right.

If your dog displays any of these eye problem symptoms, you should get him to your vet to find out what's going on:Red-eyed Basset Hound

  • Teary eyes

  • Discharge

  • Redness

  • Cloudiness

  • Squinting

  • Excessive blinking

  • Dilated pupil(s)

  • Bulging or swollen eye(s)

  • Your dog avoids light

  • He rubs his eyes against things (or you)

  • He rubs his face on the ground or carpet

  • He keeps his eyes closed more than usual

Common Dog Eye Diseases and Disorders

Here are the most common dog health problems your pup might encounter with his eyes:
    Dog With Injured Eye
  • Cataracts

  • Glaucoma

  • Dry eye

  • Cherry eye

  • Corneal ulcers

  • Eye injuries

  • Inflammation (infection)

  • Inward-growing eyelashes

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)

  • Irritation from an object in the eye

Is This An Emergency?

Some of these situations are true emergencies. If you delay, your precious pooch could lose his sight. At the very least, your pup is uncomfortable and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible.

Tell your veterinarian what symptoms your dog is experiencing, how long it's been going on, and any change in your dog's normal habits that you may have noticed. Your vet will probably make time in his schedule for you, as he knows there may be no time to lose.

Don't wait to see if it clears up on its own -- call your vet! When it comes to your dog's eyes, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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