How to Tell if Your Pet Has an Eye Infection

Just like humans, pets also get eye infections. The infection can be due to various reasons like bacteria, a viral infection, or an irritant. If you have ever contracted an eye infection, you know how uncomfortable it made you feel, and the same applies to your furry friend.

It is important to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian as soon as possible if you suspect your pet has an eye infection. The infection may seem mild but can progress to a severe case if left untreated. If you notice symptoms that indicate an eye infection in your pet, it is time to take your pet to a vet for proper eye care. To help determine if your pet needs treatment, our veterinarians at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield would like to share some of the signs to look out for when your pet has an eye infection.

How Do I Tell if My Pet Has an Eye Infection?

If your pet has any of the following symptoms, it likely has an eye infection:

Eye redness: Redness is a common sign of an eye infection. Your pet’s eyes may appear redder or pinker than usual.

Discharge: Discharge is usually the first sign your pet has an eye infection. The discharge becomes more frequent than usual and is unusually colored. It may be yellow, white, or yellow-green, which indicates an infection.

Pawing at the eyes: Eye infections are often painful or itchy. If your pet starts pawing at its eyes or rubbing them across the floor or a surface, then an eye infection is to blame.

Squinting: If your pet has an eye infection, you will notice increased blinking or squinting in the infected eye.

Swelling of the eyelid: Eye infections can cause swollen eyelids due to puffiness of the tissues surrounding the eye.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarians in Greenfield, WI

The symptoms we have listed may vary due to what is causing your pet’s infection, the length of time the disorder has persisted, or an additional condition affecting the eye. If your pet is displaying any of these signs, be sure to contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic at (414) 282-5230 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.


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