Dogs and cats may use their sense of smell most, but it’s their eyes that are most vulnerable to injury and other issues. At Bemidji Veterinary Hospital, we treat a wide array of eye issues, including corneal scratches, foreign bodies in the eye, glaucoma, "cherry eye," and more.
Our staff is experienced in various eye procedures, including:
- Enucleations (eye extractions)
- "Cherry eye" (correction of the prolapsed gland of the third eyelid)
- Entropion and ectropion procedures
- Grid keratectomy
- Foreign body extraction
- Trauma care
Any time your pet is suffering from an eye injury, it’s important to bring him or her in for evaluation. Most allergic or injury issues can be treated in-house. If needed, we can refer our patients to an ophthalmology specialist.
Keeping an Eye on Your Pet’s Eyes
A common eye condition for pets, especially dogs, is keratoconjunctivitis sicca, commonly known as dry eye syndrome. It is caused by insufficient tear film in the lids and over the eye. It causes the cornea and the whites of the eyes (sclera) to become dry and inflamed. There are multiple potential causes of dry eye syndrome, ranging from injury to genetic predisposition. A physical exam by one of our veterinarians will determine the best treatment method for your pet. Topical ointments and antibiotics typically treat this condition satisfactorily. Sometimes tear duct surgery is needed.
As your pet ages, their eyes do too. Here are some things to look out for:
- Lenticular sclerosis—A bluish transparent haze in the pupil area of the eye that is common among senior pets.
- Cataracts—An opaque white formation in the eye affecting vision.