When to Go See Dr. Whitworth About Suspected Eye Problems in Your Dog?

Dog Eye ProblemsCalling or going to Whitworth Animal Clinic is still the best option for any health concern for your pup. While he is not a dog eye specialist nor a dog ophthalmologist, he has been educated and is experienced in recognizing dog eye problems.

If your dog is constantly scratching their eyes and it appears swollen or reddish, it’s a great time to consult with Dr. Whitworth.¬† From this, he can recommend a proper veterinary ophthalmologist if needed.

Common Dog Eye Problems

There are many reasons your pet could develop an eye condition causing them to be uncomfortable along with impairing their vision. Eye issues are not uncommon for our canine friends.

These topped the list:

  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Cherry Eye
  • Eye Inflammation
  • In-grown Eyelids (Entropion in Dogs)
  • Dry Eye Syndrome (KCS)
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

How to Help Your Dog Avoid Developing Eye Issues

While you can’t always prevent a dog eye problem, there are things you can do to help keep your pup’s eyes healthy and injury-free. Here are several tips you can use to prevent eye infection or blindness in y0ur dog:

  1. Avoid trauma to the eye or the introduction of foreign bodies like twigs, tall grass, glitter, dust
  2. Trim hair around the eye so that it won’t irritate the eyeball.
  3. Keep your dog’s face clean.
  4. Close windows when driving
  5. Clip their toenails since many dogs often rub their paws against their eyes
  6. Look into their eyes regularly to see any changes, like redness, cloudiness, or tearing.
  7. Schedule regular check ups with Dr. Charles Whitworth