Most Common Types of Eye Infections For Dogs
Just like humans, a dog's eyes are sensitive. Whether it's from digging in some bushes or from some stray debris flying through the air while your dog's head is hanging out the car window, a dog, too, is just as susceptible to an eye infection as you are. Luckily, there are "Doggles" to help protect your dog's eyes from infections that potentially could endanger their sense of sight.
While a licensed veterinarian should always do diagnoses, noticing the symptoms is the first step, and in many cases, can be quite easy.
What to look for:
- Discharge coming from the eyes.
- Your pup trying to scratch his eyes, whether by rubbing them with paws or by rubbing them on the ground.
- Redness or cloudiness in the eyes.
Any of these could be symptoms of a number of eye infections, many of which will sound familiar.
Conjunctivitis (or "Pink Eye") isn't only found in humans, it also can be found in dogs. A dead giveaway is colored discharge coming from your dog's eyes or excessive redness and blinking. The infection could be caused by a number of things, including foreign debris (like dust or other materials in the air that can get in a dog's eyes while driving), allergies or even just dryness in the eyes.
Dry Eye itself is another common eye condition found in canines. In some dogs, their eyes can't produce enough tears to properly moisturize the eyeball. This dry condition can lead to tears in a dog's cornea and other more dangerous issues.
Epiphora is one more common eye condition found in dogs that also can be found in humans. Just like us, epiphora in dogs is the overflow of tears onto a dog's face. Epiphora actually can be a symptom of other eye conditions in dogs. Epiphora, which causes excessive tearing, can stain the skin and fur below the eyes. One of the most common causes of epiphora in dogs is blockage of the tear duct.
If your dog begins to show signs of excessive tears or crusting around the edges of the eyes, your dog may have an issue with his or her tear ducts, which could be a result of epiphora. If you notice these signs, consult your veterinarian immediately.
These are only a few of the common eye infections commonly found in dogs. However, by utilizing Doggles, some of the main causes of these infections can easily be avoided. Doggles come in a variety of sizes and colors to match your dog's personality, all the while protecting him or her from getting foreign debris in their eyes, which could cause infection.
Doggles fit snuggly around your dog's head and can be adjusted. In addition, the lenses are fog-proof and are made from shatterproof, polycarbonate lenses that also protect against the sun's dangerous ultraviolet rays. They're also effective in keeping tree or bush branches from making contact with your dog's eyes, which also could scratch or damage the eyes, possibly causing an infection
By Sean Bowes