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The window to the soul…
They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul and when your pet looks up at you with those gorgeous eyes all resistance crumbles! Apart from stealing your heart, your pet’s eyes are crucial to his well being and ability to lead a fully functional life. Healthy eyes and vision are important to keep your pet safe, help him to find food and shelter and find his way around his environment. Eye health is key to a healthy pet!
The natural way
Regular exercise, a healthy diet and lots of fresh water will help to support your pet’s immune system and therefore also maintain eye health. Keep your pet’s eyes and surrounding areas clean and free of debris and provide shady areas to prevent harsh sun damaging the eyes.
Here are some more tips for pet eye health:
Cat fights often result in abscesses following a nasty bite or a deep scratch, but can also lead to scratches on the cornea which in turn may develop into ulcers. Eye ulcers can develop very quickly and if they become deep may require surgery. If you suspect your pet’s eye may have been scratched by another cat or maybe a branch or something else sharp and your pet is showing signs of eye discomfort, such as squinting or the presence of a watery discharge, it’s advisable to take a trip to your vet.
Scratches on the surface of your pet’s eye are not always visible and may need a specific diagnostic test: the fluorescein test. This is a bright orange substance that is placed in your pet’s eye and will fluorescent bright green in areas where the cornea has been damaged. This diagnostic but this test is invaluable in picking up minor injuries to the cornea which if treated effectively will be unlikely to develop into nasty, corneal ulcers.
Remember to check your pet’s eyes when they’ve been out in long grass, grass seeds have a nasty habit of wriggling their way into the corners of your pet’s eye and cause much discomfort.
Keep a careful eye on your dogs when introducing a new kitten into the house. Many a dog has had to be treated for corneal scratches after a terrified kitten tried to protect itself from a big, wet curious doggy nose!
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