Protect the Eyes of Your Pet: Know the Symptoms of Eye Pain, Problems & Diseases

Gazing into the eyes of our pets, we see love, commitment, and a reflection of our true selves. Protect those eyes with proper care and intervention from the skilled professionals at Center City Animal Hospital.

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Treating Eye Diseases & Injuries

Problems in and around the eye can interfere with vision and damage the overall health of your pets’ eyes. Our veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and conditions in dogs and cats.

Eye health in pets is often overlooked until there is an obvious problem. Our annual wellness care protocol includes an assessment of the health and function of your pets’ eyes. Any symptoms of a problem that surface between visits, or in the case of an injury to the eye or surrounding area, should prompt a call to our veterinarians for guidance and a possible exam.

Eye Pain Is Cause for Concern

Symptoms such as excessive tears, tenderness, discharge, or sensitivity to light are indicators of pain. Pain in or around the eyes may be evident if your pet is rubbing or pawing at the eyes or face. Sometimes the symptoms of an eye problem can be more subtle, such as lethargy or withdrawal.

Regular handling and grooming helps pet owners to know when a visible change occurs or when your companion’s behavior is cause for concern. Any time your pet exhibits symptoms of pain in or around the eyes, we strongly recommend you contact our hospital to schedule an examination.

Pain medications and treatments can be implemented immediately, to reduce suffering until the problem is resolve. Whether treatment includes infection control, medical management of disease, or surgical intervention, we are experienced in treating these delicate problems to preserve and protect our patients’ eyes and vision. In complex or unusual cases, we will consult with a veterinary specialist in ophthalmology.

Symptoms of Eye Problems

Aside from pawing or rubbing, some recognizable symptoms of an eye problem in pets include:

  • Visible foreign objects
  • Watery eyes
  • Excessive blinking or squinting
  • Puffiness around the eye
  • Inflammation or redness
  • Bulging or sunken eyes
  • Discharge of any kind

There are many conditions that can cause the eye to appear irritated, such as infections, exposure to environmental irritants, and eyelash or eyelid problems. Sunken eyes are often the result of pain, dehydration, or severe weight loss. Glaucoma, abscesses, or tumors may cause a bulging or swelling of the eye or surrounding area. Any of these symptoms are indicative of the need for veterinary assistance.

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“The staff at CCVH are incredible. They go out of their way to ensure our pup is getting the best care possible. Our rescue dog has extreme separation anxiety, and he has always been available to help answer our questions, no matter what the concern. The facility is beyond bright and clean, and is by far the best vet hospital in the city.”

“The staff is so nice and the hospital is very efficient and clean.  It’s never too crowded and we’re in and out for a physical/vaccine update in about 30-40 min.  I lived around the corner when I first adopted my dog, so I went to CCVH out of convenience, but after moving across town and loving the service, I continued going.”

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