Who can resist a pup’s big brown eyes?
Unfortunately, he can’t tell you when those eyes are giving him trouble or his vision isn’t as sharp as it should be.
But there are ways you can tell if your dog is suffering from an eye problem or injury. Even something as simple as rubbing his face on the ground can indicate a problem. If you spot your pooch doing this repeatedly it’s time to take him in to see the vet.
4 more warning signs your dog has an eye issue
Four more tell-tale signs to watch for include:
- Eyes that are cloudy, have a discharge or are red.
- Avoidance of light or excessive tearing.
- Being able to see a dog’s third eyelid (they should retract when his eyes are open).
- Stumbling, tripping or seeming to be more cautious in walking.
Those symptoms can include conditions ranging from cataracts, corneal ulcers and conjunctivitis (pink eye) to in-growing eyelids, injuries, infection or simple irritation.
Tearing or a partially closed eye, for example, can be a sign of a corneal ulcer, which can come from an injury — possibly a scratch from the family cat, or a poke or from a thorn or stick.
And certain breeds such as Pekingese, pugs and Shih Tzus are much more likely to sustain injuries to their cornea.
All are reasons to pick up the phone and make an appointment for Spot.
How a car ride can cause an eye problem for your pooch
Another easy way for Buddy or Fido to end up with an eye problem is by doing a favorite of dog’s everywhere — sticking their heads out of a moving car window. Not only can things blow into their eyes, but the wind can dry them out causing irritation or even an infection.
And just like the foods we’re told to eat for our vision, help keep your best friend’s eyesight sharp by supplementing their diet with things such as…
- and blue or purple berries.
While many conditions can be treated at home, if your pooch is showing any signs that he may have an eye problem it’s always a good idea to let your vet take a look.
Jenny Thompson is the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. Through HSI, she and her team uncover important health information and expose ridiculous health misinformation, most notably through the HSI e-Alert.
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