What to Expect During Your Pet’s Eye Exam
When you visit your family doctor for a regular checkup, he or she probably looked at your eyes with a light or asked you to read an eye chart. But if you need glasses or have special concerns, you most likely made an appointment to visit an eye doctor. The same is true for your pet. Your family veterinarian will look at your pet’s eyes during yearly checkups…
Glaucoma in your Pet – Can You Slow Down This Sight Stealer?
January 8, 2021
Nearly 3 million Americans and more than 60 million people worldwide have glaucoma. As the second leading cause of blindness in humans, it makes sense that there is a focus every year on raising awareness about this “sneak thief of sight” with National Glaucoma Month. As we’re having conversations about this condition in humans, let’s talk about glaucoma in your pet. Glaucoma occurs in nearly 2% of dogs in North America,…
Treating Viral and Bacterial Conjunctivitis in Cats
The most common cause of conjunctivitis in cats is feline herpes virus (FHV-1). Most cats are exposed to the feline herpes virus within the first few weeks of life. At the time of exposure, kittens may develop conjunctivitis (Figure 1). Figure 1. Cat with conjunctivitis: blepharoedema, chemosis, hyperemia and tearing Viral conjunctivitis is usually self-limiting and often does not require treatment. If the symptoms do not resolve, treatment with a topical and/or…