Eye Care For Pets

Eyes are our windows to the world. Needless to say, proper eye care is of utmost importance. Our pets too need appropriate eye care.

Cats and Dogs: Our beloved pets need regular eye check-ups. Look out for any tearing, cloudiness or inflammation that may indicate a health problem. Check-ups will keep their vision sharp.

Face your pet in a well-lit area. The eyeballs should be white. Both pupils should be equal in size, with no tearing, discharge or crust in the corner. The lining of the inner eyelid should be pink and not red or white.

You can gently wipe the pet’s eyes with a clean, damp cotton but be careful not to touch the eyeball. Long-haired breeds face eye problems if their hair interferes with the eyes. Trim the hair falling on the eyes. Avoid using soaps or shampoos on the face.

Some breeds are pre-disposed towards eye conditions due to genetic problems. Some common eye problems are conjunctivitis, dry eye, cherry eye, epiphora, glaucoma, entropion or ectropion, cataract and progressive retinal atrophy. Visit a veterinarian if you sense trouble.

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Birds: Birds too suffer from eye injury or infection. Occasionally, eye disorders are symptoms of other medical problems. If your bird has a problem, it should be brought to the vet’s notice immediately. Conjunctivitis is a common eye infection caused by bacteria. It can be identified by red or swollen eye lids.

Fish: Many people keep fish tanks with different species of fish in it. They need to inspect their fish closely once every day for signs of impending health problems. Better late than never.

Rabbits/ hamsters/ guinea pigs: Bunnies are usually seen with an assortment of eye problems. It’s important to recognize them early. Sometimes, foreign bodies such as hay or bedding enter the eye causing irritation. Their eyes should be cleaned with damp cotton with normal saline followed by drops.

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Turtles: Turtles too suffer from distinct eye problems, majorly swollen eye lids and bacterial eye infections. Swollen eyes cause temporary blindness. This could lead to starvation if not treated on time. Vitamin A deficiency can be the reason. Appropriate diet and exposure to sunlight is a must. Always keep the tank clean. Water should be ammonia-free.

 

Love for animals since childhood was the main motivation to study veterinary science for Dr. Sheetal S. Panchala. She has over ten years of experience and has worked in Surat, Gujarat and Mumbai. Dr. Panchala now runs a clinic ‘Pets N Vets’ in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. She likes to travel and dance when free. She pens a monthly column ‘Pet Care’ on various issues related to animals and their well-being.

Readers can write to her at drsheetalvet@gmail.com

One comment to Eye Care For Pets

  • SATISH  says:

    DR SHEETAL
    THIS IS SATISH KERE CAN YOU PROVIDE YOUR NO AS I AM WORRIED ABT MY PET SHE IS NOT ABLE TO SEE PLEASE MY CONTACT NO IS 8828133214
    I STAY IN NAVI MUMBAI

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