Veterinary Eye Care:

Preserving Your Pet’s Soulful Gaze

Cat eyes

Anyone who has ever stared into the eyes of a pet knows just how expressive and communicative they can be. How many extra treats, ball tosses, or chin rubs have been won thanks to a wide-eyed look? Preserving these powerful weapons of persuasion requires regular veterinary check-ups and an eye for detail, especially as pets become older.

Certain breeds of cats and dogs are more prone to developing eye disorders. In some cases—as with brachycephalic breeds like Himalayans, Persians, bulldogs, pugs, and boxers—it’s a matter of anatomy. In other cases, such as with basset hounds, chow chows, and Jack Russell terriers, it’s a hereditary predisposition toward certain diseases—like glaucoma—that’s a concern.

At Town & Country Animal Hospital, our veterinarians are experienced in treating a wide variety of pet eye disorders. These range from infections, corneal ulcers, and cherry eye to cataracts, glaucoma, and tumor removals. When you bring your pet in for a wellness appointment, we will conduct a thorough exam to ensure that his or her eyes are healthy.

Should your pet begin to show symptoms of eye trouble, please be sure to contact us right away. These include:

  • Squinting or avoidance of light
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Unusual discharge
  • Repeated rubbing of the eye
  • Irregular pupils

Depending upon your pet’s condition, immediate treatment could be the key to preserving his or her vision.

Many pet eye disorders can be treated using medicated drops. However, in some cases veterinary surgery may be required. If you would like to learn more about some of the eye conditions mentioned here, as well as a variety of other pet health topics, please visit our pet health library.