For everyone that has the privilege of being loved by a pet, you know that your pet only has eyes for you. Their gaze will follow you wherever you go, whether they are adoring you from afar, or stuck beside you like a shadow. Those big, round, expressive eyes see you with unconditional love and devotion, and it’s important to include a daily eye check as part of their regular grooming routine to keep them bright and healthy.
Most pets are born with healthy eyes, but they also develop eye issues due to genetics, aging, or as a result from eye injury or infection.
Some genetic conditions like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and glaucoma can affect even younger dogs and cats, leading to gradual loss of sight and eventual blindness. Aging pets can also develop cataracts and other types of progressive blindness.
Here are some tips on keeping your pet’s eyes healthy, as well as to avoid and spot pet eye problems early on.
1. Visually inspect your dog or cat’s eyes daily.
It’s best to catch eye problems early, so make sure to take the time to check your pet’s eyes every day.
Take a close look at your pet’s eyes and look for any signs of redness, swelling, discoloration, irritation or unusual discharge. The eyes should be clear and bright, and the lining should appear pink and healthy.
Depending on the type of coat your pet has, you may find they are prone to long hair on their face, which can lead to eye irritation and even injury. Their vision should not be obstructed by their fur, so it would be best to keep the fur out of their eyes. You can regularly trim the hairs around your dog or cat’s eyes by using scissors with rounded tips. (Please be careful when doing this! Or best to leave it to professional groomers). By keeping the hair around the eyes short, you’re protecting your pet from eye irritation.
Watch out for any eye cloudiness, unequal pupil sizes, a visible third eyelid, a change in eye color, closed eyes, or rubbing of the eyes. These are signs your pet needs to see the vet.
2. Give regular eye care
For routine maintenance, use Earthbath Eye Wipes which are specially formulated to keep the area around your pet’s eyes clean and free of tear stains, dirt, secretions and other discharge. These eye wipes are hypoallergenic, fragrance free, and alcohol free for safety. Safe for all animals over 6 weeks old. To clean your pet’s eyes, gently wipe around the eyes and in the corners, making sure not to touch the eyeball. If you have a dog or cat with white fur, use the wipes regularly to prevent tearstains.
To helps calm irritations, maintain optimal vision and support eye health, administer Earth Animal’s Vital Eye Daily Eye Support orally with water or directly in the mouth. For maintenance, dose by weight, once daily or every other day.
3. Keep them away from eye hazards
Dogs and cats can suffer eye infections and injuries from debris lodged in the eye, or a blow to the eye. While your dog may enjoy hanging his head out of a car window during road trips, some debris might strike the eye and cause damage to the cornea. Sometimes, dogs and cats injure their eyes while playing or fighting with other animals, so keep a close eye on them before their playtime gets too rough.
After your cat has been playing outdoors, or your dog has been digging in the dirt, flush out his eyes with Earth Animal Clean Eyes Herbal Eye Wash to help remove any debris that may have lodged there.
It’s important to take care of your pet’s eyes from birth to his senior years.
Signs of Trouble
Spotting any signs of infection or eye problems early on is the key to saving your pet’s eyes before the problem progresses.
If you see any of these following signs, take your pet to a veterinarian right away:
- Squinting or holding the eyelid shut
- Scratching at the eye
- Vision loss (bumping into things, not focusing)
- A distended third eyelid
- Crusty discharge
If problems persist, please contact your veterinarian. They may be able to handle whatever eye problem your pet is struggling with, or she may refer you to a veterinary ophthalmologist for special treatment.