Do you know when to take your pet for an eye examination?
Your pet’s eyesight is one of the most important senses he or she needs to get around daily. Our pets cannot speak and tell us when something is wrong hence it is our responsibility as pet owners to keep a lookout for any signs and symptoms that could make them uncomfortable or cause them harm.
We recommend bringing your pet for an eye examination if you see any of these signs:
- Red eyes
- Pawing at the eyes
- Discharge from the eyes
- Excessive tear production
- Excessive blinking
- Third eyelid present
- Difficulty in seeing or bumping into things
One of the common eye conditions we see at the Clinic is “Dry Eye” (Keratoconjunctivitis sicca). This is when there is a deficiency in the amount of aqueous tear film over the surface of the pet’s eye causing severe inflammation and drying of the cornea and conjunctiva. There are different treatment protocols depending on the exact cause and severity.
Other common eye problems seen at the Clinic include:
- Pigmentary keratitis
- Corneal Ulcers
- Tear duct obstruction
- Cherry eye
Sometimes our pets might need an enucleation (operation to remove the eye). It is remarkable to see how these pets adapt in their environment. We have seen many patients and know of clients that can testify that their pets still managed to live happy after such an operation (Keeping in mind that you need to keep the household as unchanged as possible).
To emphasize the importance of good eye care, we are offering a FREE tear production test when you book your pet for a Basic Eye examination with Dr Jeanetta this August. With this consultation Dr Jeanetta will:
- Do a full clinical examination
- Get a full history
- Do a tear production test
- Ulceration test (if indicated)
Please note that although Dr Jeanetta is not an Ophthalmologist, she has a special interest in Ophthalmology.