Your pet’s eyes are essential organs that play an integral role in their ability to navigate their environments and interact with people and other pets in your household. So, it’s important to take steps to help ensure your pet’s eyes stay healthy, so that your pet can stay happy.
5 Ways to Keep Your Pet's Eyes Healthy
1. Keep the Windows Up
Although dogs love to hang their heads out of the windows of their cars and feel the wind in their fur, this really is not a safe activity for them. Flying through the wind puts them at risk of catching all sorts of dirt and debris in their eyes (and in their ears). This can result in injuries or an infection.
2. Keep Their Eyes Clean
Since our pets have fur where their tears and eye goop can get stuck, it’s also important to keep the area around your pet’s eyes clear and clean. Use a damp cotton ball or a bit of pet-friendly eyewash for your pet to wipe this debris out of their fur. If your dog is a long-haired breed, you might need to schedule regular grooming appointments to keep the fur trimmed and neat around their eyes.
3. Offer Eye-Healthy Snacks
You can support your pet’s eye health from the inside out with snacks that are full of vitamins and minerals that are vital to the health of the eyes. Some of these snacks include blueberries, carrots, eggs, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and fish.
4. Don’t Ignore Symptoms
If you notice any changes to the appearance or the amount of discharge coming from your pet’s eyes. Or if you observe your pet pawing at their eyes, schedule an exam immediately.
5. Know If Your Dog Is Predisposed to Eye Problems
Certain dog breeds are more likely to develop eye problems. Research yours and know the signs.
From Their Whiskers to Their Tails: Pet Wellness Examinations in Houston
During every wellness appointment at TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic, our veterinarians perform a thorough physical examination, which is a close inspection of all of your pet’s parts, including their eyes. If we notice any signs of potential problems with your pet’s eyes such as infections, allergies, vision loss, cherry eyes, or glaucoma, our veterinarians can perform further testing to determine the underlying cause of the issue and recommend an ongoing treatment plan to protect your pet’s vision.
To learn more or to schedule your pet’s next check-up with our veterinarians in Houston, we welcome you to contact TangleWilde Veterinary Clinic today.