Caring For Your Pet’s Eyesight

Eyesight is just as important to animals as it is to humans. It should come as no surprise, then, that caring for your pet’s eyesight is crucial to keeping your pet happy and healthy. There are multiple ailments of the eye that your pet can get, all of which should be treated immediately. Luckily, the doctors at Buena Vet are experts at treating these and determining how to prevent your pet’s eyesight from becoming poor.

What Diseases Can My Pet Get?

Much like humans, animals are at risk of a wide variety of diseases. We’ve compiled a list of the most common and their subsequent methods of treatment

Ectropion

This is the condition in which the eyelid of an animal rolls outward, exposing the inside of the eyelid to outside pathogens. Typically treatment will be as simple as applying antibiotic eye drops to the area to prevent it from drying out and disease from forming.

Ectopic Cilia

Ectopic Cilia is a disease caused by hairs that grow inward and touch the cornea. This causes excruciating pain for the animal and potentially corneal ulcers. The only way to treat this disease is through surgical removal of the eyelashes that are growing inward.

Distichiasis

Distichiasis, also known as ‘extra eyelashes’ is a very common eye condition for dogs. In this condition, the eyelashes grow from the eyelid margin as opposed to the eyelid skin. This can create discomfort and pain for the dog. It’s often treated using either ocular lubricant or by plucking the extra eyelashes altogether.

Eyelid Tumor

An eyelid tumor is a condition in which a tumor grows on the eyelid of an animal. It’s crucial to get the tumor checked to ensure it is non-malignant. The tumor has to be surgically removed. If the cancer is malignant then extra treatment must be done to ensure it doesn’t spread to other parts of the body.

Trichiasis

Trichiasis is a condition in which the eyelashes grow inwards towards the eye as opposed to growing outwards. This can create discomfort and pain for the animal. In some cases, surgery can be done to destroy the offending hair follicles and correct the growth of the eyelashes.

Why Should I Treat Them?

While some of the diseases mentioned above may seem harmless, they can actually result in a wide variety of diseases in other parts of the body. In some cases, if the eye were to get infected, the infection can spread to the internal organs or another part of the body if it were to reach the bloodstream. In most cases, an eye disease will be extremely uncomfortable and painful for your furry friend. And, the risk of potential blindness is high. If a disease or condition is left untreated it can result in the loss of the eye for the animal. This will make it more difficult for your pet to go through their daily life, especially while it adjusts to the sudden loss or limitation of vision.

Why Should You Trust Buena Vet?

Buena Vet is your number-one spot for a few reasons. For starters, our expert staff is trained for almost any scenario. This means that we’ll be able to treat your pet no matter how resistive or upset it is. Our doctors are specially trained and some of the best in California. They’ll be able to answer any questions you may have and will always make sure that the pet is safe throughout an operation. If treatment is possible, our team will give you instructions on what to do and will make sure that you have a complete understanding of what you’re supposed to do during the treatment process.

Furthermore, our doctors will look at all possible ways of treating your pet. They’ll give their recommendation, but also lay out all of the possible options you have. Our vets work to make sure you have a complete understanding of what the treatment process will look like and what it means for your animal. If you have any questions or concerns, raise them with the vet. They’ll provide an in-depth but understandable answer. If you suspect your pet has any possible eye ailments, give Buena Vet a call today!