Conjunctivitis in dogs: a problem that can affect one eye or two, a problem that can be treated at home, with natural remedies, or for which to run to the vet. Before running, for cover, to the doctor, or in panic, it is better to know the symptoms. And what is it.
There conjunctivitis in dogs it is an inflammation of the conjunctival membrane that includes all the eyelids and the surface of the eyeball, up to the cornea. There conjunctivitis in dogs it can be associated with an intolerance to sunlight (photophobia), which results in a difficulty in vision.
There conjunctivitis in dogs it is one of the most common problems, it can be serious, but also trivial. It is not painful, the conjunctivitis in dogs, but annoying yes, because the main symptoms are eye redness and presence of secretions. Precisely from the characteristics of the latter, by learning to look our 4-legged friend in the eye, we can understand the extent of the problem. And how to cure it.
It must be added, for a complete picture of the problem, that the conjunctivitis in very young dogs it can be neonatal: it arises shortly before or after the opening of the eyelids (around 10-14 days) and affects the back, because bacteria are able to introduce themselves there. If your eyelids look swollen or bumpy, they may not open properly. This often happens to members of the same litter. If in doubt, but also in this case, to avoid dragging the problem, notify the veterinarian immediately to avoid damage to the cornea and blindness.
Conjunctivitis in dogs: what to do
We come to how to act, once we have said that our dog has “something in his eyes”, as my good great-aunt would say in a strict country dialect, who has seen few dogs and veterinarians. First, for the conjunctivitis in dogs, it should be noted whether it is only one eye that suffers from it, that is red or "teary" or both.
If the problem is in one eye only, the inflammation is local, the cause of conjunctivitis in dogs it is often of external origin. A foreign body, "intruder", wind, sand. Or fur that rubs on our dog's eye, in the long run, irritating him. In this case, first of all, let's avoid that, annoyed and uncomfortable, the dog starts scratching its eye with its paw. Difficult to explain, however, and then, these gestures are difficult to avoid even among us humans. “Stop scratching yourself” we often hear or say, to those who “shouldn't”. Go tell a dog !!! So - maybe there was also for us - for our 4 legs here is the elizabeth collar. Uncomfortable, yes, but by dint of scratching a simple one conjunctivitis in dogs can fall. It's not the case. Once healed, our big dog can be comforted with an illuminating collar, and a little "crazy" but that he might like it and make him forget the Elizabeth collar depression.
Put on the collar, if the situation is not tragic, you can act with compresses, the best natural remedies for conjunctivitis in dogs. Compresses with chamomile or cold mallow, done several times, while locally aeyewash based on euphrasia. In the case of crusts, the use of a damp swab is recommended. The top is to wet it with echinacea tm and pass it over our dog's bleary or encrusted eyes several times a day until you see his eyes come back lively.
In the presence of secretions, it becomes more serious, and it is better to take the dog to the vet, at least for a checkup or consultation. Maybe you can then proceed at home, with natural remedies, but medications with which not to improvise may be advisable. It remains to be seen whether the eye secretions are serous or mucus-like, or pus-like.
Although not serious, it must be understood that the conjunctivitis in dogs,if it is recurring, it should be treated properly, without waiting too long. But don't be alarmed, because if you find that it's serous you can treat it at home. Just get yourself a eye drops with saline solution sterile or with artificial tears and wash your eye 3-4 times a day. You can also use ointments for the conjunctivitis in dogs follicular type, antibiotic and corticosteroid ointments, however, prescribed by the veterinarian who can perform a chemical cauterization if the problem persists.
Conjunctivitis in dogs: secretions that look like mucus
When the secretions look like mucus there conjunctivitis in dogs it is often a reaction to an irritant or eye infection. The triggering factor must therefore be found as soon as possible, avoiding the chronicity of the problem. If you get to have purulent secretions, then the conjunctivitis in dogs became infected, most likely due to the Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria.
The moral of this discussion, today yes, more veterinary than animal, is to not wait to treat your animal, and, before that, to look him in the eye. To prevent conjunctivitis in dogs, which is annoying, let's look him in the eye: this is how he communicates everything he cannot tell us verbally. These big eyes that follow us eager for caresses, hide luminous messages. Sometimes very bright.Or lucky messages, not to be overlooked these days.
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