How your dog sees the world: are dogs colorblind?

How your dog sees the world: are dogs colorblind?

PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

PetMeds: Managing Eye Discharge (Mucus) in Dogs and Cats

A common concern of many pet owners is the presence of discharge in their dog’s or cat’s eyes. While this symptom is quite common, most of the time it is not significant and does not require medical treatment. The most common cause of discharge (often referred to as “eye crust”) is airborne allergens which can cause weepy eyes as in people. Other times, frequent eye discharge can indicate a clogged […]

Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Know when you should be concerned about your cat’s runny eyes

Large and luminous, the eyes are one of the most beautiful and distinctive features of the cat, but the eyes can sometimes be marred by a watery or “goopy” eye discharge, which can become chronic. There are many possible causes for the development of chronic eye discharge in cats. As with any changes in the eyes in our animal companions, any chronic change in appearance should be evaluated by a veterinarian […]

What you need to know about cloudy eyes in pets

What you need to know about cloudy eyes in pets

As pets age, it is not uncommon to see the development of cloudy appearing eyes. The most common cause of this in geriatric animals is a condition known as nuclear sclerosis. This is a mild aging degenerative change in the lens protein of pets, and will often appear as a cloudy appearance to the eyes, especially in direct light. Fortunately, most animals who develop nuclear sclerosis do not develop any significant visual […]

What causes the red staining under my dog’s eyes?

What causes the red staining under my dog’s eyes?

Have you ever wondered what causes those unsightly red tear stains around the eyes of certain dogs? Watery eyes, known as “epiphora,” is fairly common in dogs, and may be caused by either an excessive production of tears or failure of the tears to drain properly. Epiphora is more common in certain breeds, especially brachycephalic breeds with short noses, and is most obvious in dogs with white fur where the […]

Does your dog or cat have glaucoma?

Does your dog or cat have glaucoma?

Whenever I am asked over the internet about advice regarding a dog’s eye condition, I nearly always recommend a full veterinary ophthalmologic exam, as it is nearly impossible to diagnose an eye condition by simply describing it in words. There are also many possible eye disorders that pets can suffer from including simple eye allergies and clogged tear ducts, to more complex, serious and sometimes emergency eye disorders including corneal […]

Diagnosing eye problems in your pet

Diagnosing eye problems in your pet

One of the most common online questions I get is about various eye complaints that may be bothering a dog or cat. Many animal guardians will write or call to say their pet has squinty, itchy, red eyes, with often thick or runny eye discharge, and sometimes little growths around the eyes. While I can often more confidently make at-home suggestions for other common problems like skin or digestive tract […]