Pet Eye & Ear Care

Eye check for dog

Caring for your pet’s vision and hearing is an important part of their care. Most animals don’t require too much intervention in order to maintain their eyes and ears, but a little bit of routine care and prompt treatment in case of infections can help to ensure they can see and hear well throughout their life.

What types of ear problems do pets get?

Pets of all breeds and species are susceptible to a number of different issues affecting the ears, including:

  • Deafness
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Mites
  • Allergies
  • Injury
  • Foreign bodies
  • Yeast infections

Signs of ear problems in pets

Symptoms of ear problems in pets will vary by the condition, but some warning signs that indicate that your pet should probably be evaluated by their vet include:

  • Head shaking
  • Head tilting
  • Rubbing their ear or head on the carpet or furniture
  • Redness of the ear canal
  • Swelling
  • Foul odor
  • Itching and digging at the ear
  • Not responding to loud noises

Treating ear problems in pets

Some ear problems, such as infections, mites, and allergies, can be treated with medications such as ear drops or pills. Other issues, such as an injury or a foreign object in the ear canal may benefit from surgical interventions performed by a veterinary specialist. A vet may also recommend the use of a cone to help prevent your pet from pawing at their ears, in order to speed healing and prevent further irritation.

What types of eye problems do pets get?

Pets are susceptible to a number of different issues affecting the eyes, including:

  • Blindness
  • Cataracts
  • Blepharospasm
  • Allergies
  • Cherry eye
  • Corneal and scleral injuries
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Pink eye, or conjunctivitis
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Progressive retinal atrophy
  • Infection
  • Tumors
  • Lens luxation

Signs of eye problems in pets

Symptoms of eye problems in pets will vary by the condition, but some warning signs that signal your pet should probably be evaluated by their vet include:

  • Itchiness
  • Thick, colored, or excessive discharge
  • Redness
  • Twitching that doesn’t stop
  • Swelling
  • Squinting
  • Avoiding light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Cloudy corneas
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty with night vision
  • Clumsiness or bumping into things

Treating eye problems in pets

Some eye problems, such as infections, dry eye, or allergies, can be treated with medications such as eye drops. Other issues, such as cherry eye or cataracts may benefit from surgical interventions performed by a veterinary ophthalmologist. There are also times when taking a hands-off approach is the best treatment for pet eye issues, including scratches to the surface of the eye. A vet may recommend drops to prevent infections, combined with the use of a cone to help prevent the pet from pawing at the eye, which could cause irritation or further injury.

While it’s true that many pets won’t require much in the way of intervention in order to maintain their sight and hearing, routine eye and ear care in animals helps prevent eye disease, deafness, and can help identify any issues early. Ensuring your pet has a nutritious diet and ample exercise are important factors in maintaining good eye and ear health.

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