Almost every person gets conjunctivitis at least once, but did you know conjunctivitis in dogs is also fairly common too? Conjunctivitis aka pink eye is an eye infection that affects dogs, cats and humans too! But how do you know if your dog has it and what do you to get rid of it?
In this article…
We’re going to try to answer some of the most common questions folks as about this condition so that we can shed some light on what it means when your veterinarian tells you that your little furry buddy is suffering from conjunctivitis. We’ll also try and give you a few “things” to look for so that you can potentially minimize your pets suffering and get him or her the treatment that they need ASAP!
Because after all…
We as “humans” know how uncomfortable it is to suffer from this relatively minor health condition which is why we here at IndulgeYourPet know that you as a loving pet owner wouldn’t want your animal to have to deal with this discomfort for one second longer than they need to… Right?
So, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
What is Conjunctivitis?
As mentioned, this is an inflammation of the eyes that is sometimes called “cherry eye”. Well, not actually the eyeball, but the conjunctiva, which is the “medical term” used to describe the actual lining of the eyelid.
And just like with humans…
Dogs and cats who suffer from allergies are probably going to be more susceptible to pinkeye.
Cats and dogs suffer from allergies as well! And while their allergies are less likely to be “pet related”, your furry little buddy may experience an allergic reaction to other environmental allergens such as:
- Chlorine used in pools,
- Cleaning products,
- Ect, ect…
Which as a result could cause your animal to suffer from conjunctivitis.
Most common symptoms:
- Pink or redness around the eyes (Hence the name, pink eye.).
- Swelling around the eye.
- Watery “gunk” in the eyes (Okay, the more correct way to say it is “eye discharge”).
- Uncontrollable blinking.
- Compromised tear production.
Now for humans…
It’s usually pretty easy to identify the source of pink eye because it “goes around”. For example, your child probably got it from someone in his/her class. If you hear another kid in class has it, you’ll even know your kid is at risk before he/she gets it.
But with dogs it’s another story…
It’s not like you’re going to able to talk to their “buddies” and see if pink eye is going around! Plus, in pets, their conjunctivitis could be the result of other factors beyond just environmental stimuli. Factors such as:
- Bacterial infections,
- Autoimmune disorders,
- Corneal ulcers,
- Follicular conjunctivitis.
And in very rare… even cancer.
Some dog breeds…
Are also prone to skin diseases. If that’s true of your dog’s breed, then that might be why he’s more susceptible to redness of the conjunctiva as well.
Treatment for Conjunctivitis in dogs and cats
Most of the time some simple eye drops and time can clear up these kind of eye infections. However, your veterinarian is the right person to decide the exact treatment after a diagnosis of conjunctivitis has been made. He or she might want to do some other tests to make sure that your animals conjunctivitis isn’t actually ulcerative keratitis or as mentioned, some type of cancer.
Of your pet’s eye inflammation may just be that something is stuck under the lid. So here are the possible treatments your dog will have to face after ruling out another disease and getting a clear pink eye diagnosis:
- Artificial tears / eye drops.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Diet changes (if related to allergies).
What if it’s more serious…
If your dog has a condition in the cornea, cancer, canine distemper or something else is wrong, then you will have to do an entirely different treatment plan which could range from antibiotics to radiation therapy (we know that’s a big swing!).
But the truth is…
If you think there is something wrong with the eyes of your pet, the thing you should do right now is go to the veterinarian. Because when it comes to the health of your animal’s eyes, it’s never TOO soon to have him or her checked out by a professional!
Because you see…
While we here are passionate about the health and well being of animals, at the end of the day, we’re not medical professionals, and we’re certainly not trained veterinarians. This is why, if you even have the “slightest” worry that your dog may be suffering from an “eye condition” or any medical condition for that matter, the first thing that your going to want to do is have a vet check in out.
Our moto around here is…
“When in doubt, have a vet check it out!”
Often times, the sooner that you have your pet examined, the greater your chances are that a “mild” condition won’t exacerbate itself into a larger more serious medical condition for your loved one.
The one thing that we can tell you for sure is that when you combine the words “serious condition” with “veterinarian” in the same sentence, you can be sure that the word “EXPENSIVE” is sure to follow!
Which is why…
We here at IndulgeYourPet always like to recommend that any pet owner take a few moments and do a bit of research on what it might cost for you to purchase a pet insurance policy on your furry little friend.
You never know, one of these policies could end up saving you a “Ton” over the course of your animal’s life if in fact her or she ever does suffer from a “serious” medical condition.
For more information about who we feel offers the “best” pet insurance policies be sure and check out our Best Pet Insurance Companies article.