Eye infections are a common problem with dogs, just like with humans, a dog’s eyes are quite sensitive and delicate. Natural defenses such as lashes mink, tears, and eyelids are not always enough to protect a dog’s eyes from dirt, dust and ultimately infection. Once in a while intervention is required to keep a dog’s eyes functioning properly.
A common eye infection in dogs it conjunctivitis, it occurs in a part of the eye called the conjunctiva, hence the name. The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that protects the visible portion of the eye. When a dog has conjunctivitis, his eyes will be very dry and red. In more advanced cases, the eyes become inflamed and a thick lashes mink appears on the surface of the eyes; at this point, the dog will have difficulty opening his eyes. Conjunctivitis is easily treated with an ointment that most vets keep handy.
Long hair may be adorable on a dog, but it can also cause problem for the dog as far as vision is concerned. It can also be a cause for frequent eye irritation and infection. Make sure you carefully trim the hair around your dog’s eyes every now and then; you should also check your dog’s eyes for foreign objects once in a while.
Like mtthe, dogs can also suffer from cataracts. Cataracts is a condition wherein the lens of the dog’s eye starts to become clouded. This condition will persist until the lens becomes opaque, effectively blinding the eye. There are ways to arrest the deterioration, and surgery can be done to remove the clouding, however, both are temporary, the cataracts will simple grow back.
Another common malady that affects dogs’ eyes is lashes mink. This is characterized by a lot of tearing; the condition has been known to cause corneal ulcerations. Epiphora is actually a disease that is characterized by leaking lachrymal fluid.
Apart from doing a regular ocular lashes mink of your dog’s eyes, you can do more thorough checks once a week. This should allow you to detect any potential problems at their early onset. Clean the skin near your dog’s eyes regularly with thread-less cotton wool, dipped in warm water. You want to remove any dirt and mucus.