Here at the Animal Eye Center, we see a lot of dogs. Next blog we’ll talk about why so much of our animal eye care focuses on dogs...but even though we treat a lot of cataracts and pannus in dogs, they're far from the only creature we're seeing on a daily basis. We love treating both large and small animals, so here are a few of the other animals we’re seeing and the problems most often found.
Cats: One of the most common problems we see in cats is Feline Herpes Virus, which often occurs in just one eye and can lead to "squinting cat." Flare ups are usually caused by stressful events, like moving or bringing new pets into the home. (Please note that this is feline-specific and is not transferable to humans.) Give us a call if you notice your cat squinting more than usual. Left untreated, FHV can lead to ulcers and other complications.
Rabbits: Conjunctivitis can also be a problem in rabbits, and can be either bacterial or viral. Sometimes it's caused by poor ventilation and too much urine-soaked bedding. Believe it or not, the problem can also be dental...elongated teeth roots can interfere with the tear ducts and cause eyes to not drain properly. In this case, x-rays might be in order to determine exactly what’s going on.
Horses: If your horse is constantly squinting or you notice an excessive discharge or swelling around the eye, give our animal ophthalmologist as call as soon as possible. Horses are just as susceptible to ulcers as dogs and cats, and can be harder to heal if left untreated for too long. Equine Recurrent Uveitis (moonblindness) is another common problem in horses. We would be happy to see your horse in our parking lot or at their home barn.
Of course, we hope to see you at the first sign of any animal eye care problems you notice. The sooner you have your animal checked out by an ophthalmologist, the sooner your pet will be more comfortable.