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Eye injuries in pets

March 25, 2021

Injuries to the eyes of our pets are unfortunately a common occurrence and can have devastating effects.

Many kinds of injuries occur, including:

  • Cuts to the eyelids.
  • Damage to the cornea (the surface of the eyeball) from thorns, cat claws or other foreign objects.
  • Dog and cat bite injuries.
  • Severe eye or eye socket injury from being kicked by a horse, or being hit by a car.
  • Chemicals contacting and damaging the cornea
  • Prolapse of the eye through trauma

The most common injuries we see are those that occur when “New Puppy Meets Cat” or from cat or dog fighting wounds. The claws and teeth of our pets carry a large load of bacteria. A seemingly harmless wound can quickly lead to secondary infection and the risk of irreparable damage to the eye. Bruising and pressure from fight wounds to the eye can cause severe internal damage, haemorrhage, glaucoma or lens rupture and lead to blindness if not treated quickly.

Eyes are extremely sensitive and specialised organs of the body and leaving an injury too long can be the difference between ending up with a blind or a visual eye. The injured pet often wants to rub the eye which can further damage the eye. If you notice any changes in your pet’s eye it is advisable to seek immediate veterinary attention to enable the best possible outcome.

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