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Should I Worry About My Dog’s Red Eyes?

By Species, Care & Wellness, Diagnosis, Dogs

If eye redness or irritation is present and seems to be bothering the dog to the point of squinting or rubbing at the eyes, it is definitely a problem that needs an accurate diagnosis. In some cases, simply observing the condition is the best course of action; however, with many canine eye diseases, the difference in saving or losing vision is determined by the speed at which the condition is treated. Waiting for an eye condition to resolve on its own could possibly result in blindness for your beloved dog.

Eye redness or irritation is a clinical manifestation of an underlying problem. For example, allergies or minor eye irritation from dust or pollen is not as serious as other medical conditions. It is often impossible for an owner to tell the difference between a minor problem or something major. Even minor eye irritation could be from a corneal scratch or abrasion, which can cause permanent eye damage if not treated properly.

Even a minor eye irritation could quickly become a serious problem, especially if your dog is rubbing at its eyes with it’s paws, which could lead to a corneal scratch. Discharge from the eye could be related to allergies or a minor irritation but, as mentioned, it could indicate a more serious problem, including loss of vision, if left untreated.

Finally, a sudden redness of the eye, often associated with discomfort or pain, could possibly be an indicator of Glaucoma. Glaucoma can progress very rapidly, and can even cause blindness in as few as 24 hours! Glaucoma is a condition that must be diagnosed and treated early, so getting prompt medical attention for your dog’s red or painful eyes is imperative!

If your dog is experiencing red or irritated eyes, call CEDARCREST Animal Hospital at 540-943-7577 so we can help you determine if your pet needs to be evaluated by a one of our veterinarians.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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