Conjunctivitis in dogs
Conjunctivitis in dogs is an itchy inflammation of the eye and is relatively common. Consequently, it is one of the top reasons people take their dog to the veterinarian. However, oftentimes you can treat it easily at home.
What is conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis occurs when the conjunctiva, which is the tissue that coats the eye and the lining of the eyelids, becomes inflamed. It occurs in dogs of any age. Usually, conjunctivitis is only in one eye. However, it can spread to both. There are three different types of conjunctivitis: allergic, viral, and bacterial.
While allergic conjunctivitis most often is seasonal, it can affect your year-round. It is an allergic reaction to dust mites, pollen, mold, dander, household products, or drugs. On the positive side, it is not contagious. However, unlike allergic conjunctivitis, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are very contagious. Cold-like symptoms or an upper respiratory infection can cause viral conjunctivitis. A strep or staph infection leads to bacterial conjunctivitis.
What are the symptoms of conjunctivitis in dogs?
Symptoms of conjunctivitis include red, watery, eyes. You may also see a discharge, inflammation, and swelling. Furthermore, your dog might paw at their eyes and squint. In some cases, the eyelids can stick together.
What causes conjunctivitis?
Allergies, bites, or injuries in the eye area can cause conjunctivitis. Sand, grass, or grit in the eye can also be the culprit. In addition to bacterial and viral infections, problems like dry eye, glaucoma, and a blocked or infected tear duct can lead to conjunctivitis.
Caring for conjunctivitis in dogs?
Because conjunctivitis has a tendency to worsen quickly, it is important to address the problem early. All three types of conjunctivitis can easily be addressed with Curicyn Eye Care Solution or Curicyn Pink Eye Solution. Both products help reduce inflammation and promote rapid healing while addressing any bacteria at its source. The Pink Eye Solution is effective with just one application and results can be seen within three days. If the cause is likely an allergy, using the Eye Care Solution once a day can help keep conjunctivitis under control. Most importantly, Curicyn doesn’t burn or sting when applied to your pup’s eyes.
In most cases, dogs make a full recovery from conjunctivitis. Early intervention gives your dog the best chance to heal quickly and avoid any complications. As your pup heals, a protective recovery collar may be needed to prevent them from scratching at their eyes causing further irritation and inflammation. Finally, if you have any concerns do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
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