Common Dog Eye Problems - What Can You Do
In this article we''ll discuss some of the more common dog eye problems you might encounter and what you can do about it.
A whole range of problems can crop up with a dog''s eyes.
Some of these eye problems are serious, while others affect a dog''s appearance more than anything else.
For example, many dogs form what some of their owners call "eye boogers" or "eye goobers."
Eye boogers can resemble the matter some of us find in the corners of our eyes when we first wake up from sleeping overnight.
People often call these goopy or slightly crusty little blobs "sleep." Well, dogs get these blobs of "stuff" too - some more than others.
A dog''s eye boogers normally start out a soft and gooey white, but if you leave them in the corners of your dog''s eyes for a few hours without wiping them off, they''ll start hardening until they turn crusty.
They''re generally not anything to worry about unless they''re a thick greenish yellow - in which case they could be a sign of an eye infection or allergy which requires treatment.
But other than discolored eye boogers, how can you tell whether your furry friend is having an eye problems? In most cases, eye problems are fairly obvious.
Some of the more typical symptoms include the following:
Conjunctivitis ("pink eye"), corneal scratches and ulcers, cataracts, eye inflammations and infections, ingrown eyelids, irritation caused by exposure to dust, debris or other foreign objects, and prolapsed third eyelid are all fairly common dog eye problems.
If your dog has any of the symptoms of eye problems, you should always have it evaluated by your vet.
In some cases the appropriate treatment will be conventional veterinary procedures such as eye drops, ointments or surgery, but for other dog eye problems, holistic methods or a combination of holistic and traditional veterinary treatments might be the better way to go.
Canine cataracts are a perfect example of the way some dog eye problems can be treated in different ways, depending on their cause. Cataracts in dogs are similar to cataracts in people.
The lens of a dog''s eye (or a person''s, for that matter) is normally clear, but when a cataract forms the lens of the affected eye becomes cloudy or milky white. Cataracts don''t go away without treatment; if a cataract is allowed to progress without veterinary intervention, it will eventually lead to blindness in the affected eye.
Many cataracts are genetic in origin, but they can also be caused by an injury, a chronic disease, or a suppressed immune system. They''ve even been known to be caused by an overexposure to drugs like the steroids that are frequently used to treat canine skin issues (by the way, this is a great reason to try a natural alternative like Critter Oil - some natural treatments can work miracles with skin conditions, and they certainly don''t carry the risk of causing cataracts).
If your dog is suffering from a cataract that isn''t the result of an injury, surgically removing the affected lens can help, although the eye and your dog''s sight will never be completely normal.
If the cataract was caused by an eye injury, poison hemlock and certain other homeopathic treatments can be used. Of course, prevention is always better than cure, especially with cataracts and many other eye problems.
Notice the importance of a balanced diet for your pet and do consider to have adequate products and materials in the house for an occasional do-it-yourself treatment for cleaning dog eyes.
There are several dog eye problems that can arise during the course of your dog''s life. In some cases surgery will be required, but other times holistic, homeopathic or herbal treatments will be just as effective, if not more.
Many people don''t think of acupuncture in the context of treating dog eye problems.
Acupuncture for dogs is another alternative treatment that can be effective for eye problems that are caused by an underlying disease or health condition.
In addition to helping to alleviate your dog''s discomfort from the eye problem, acupuncture can correct imbalances within the body that could be related to the cause of a cataract.