“The eyes are the window to the soul” is a famous phrase that goes beyond poetry.
Our eyes are actually a reflection of our overall health, and for our beloved pets, eye and ear care usually fall off our radar. In many cases, these organs are the first indicators of major underlying health problems.
By monitoring your pet’s eyes, you can catch infections before they lead to more complicated health concerns. Regular cleaning and grooming can prevent infection, relieve allergies, and contribute to your pet’s overall health.
Some Common Signs Of An Eye Infection Include:
- Squinting or holding the eyelid shut
- Scratching at the eye
- Vision loss (bumping into things, not focusing)
- A distended third eyelid
- Crusty discharge
If your pet has any of the above symptoms, it is best to consult your veterinarian for a check-up and they will possibly prescribe antibiotics.
In addition to the eyes, ears need attention as well. In fact, ear infections are the leading cause for visits to the Veterinarian. A dog’s ear canal is shaped like an “L”, which makes it particularly easy for dirt, grime, and gunk to get lodged deep in the canal, causing a breeding ground for bacteria which leads to a painful ear infection.
Signs Of An Ear Infection Include:
- Head shaking/tilting
- Scratching at the ear
- Rubbing head on the floor
- Redness or swelling
- Foul odour
If you believe your pet is presenting any of the above symptoms, it is always best to consult the expert opinion of your veterinarian.
Regular visits to the vet are a great way to stay on top of your pet’s eye and ear care. As pet owners, it is our responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of our beloved animals by ensuring they avoid preventable illnesses that could cause major health concerns down the road.