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Proactive Care For Eye Diseases in Dogs and Cats

Vet Talks 3 min read
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Paying attention to your pet’s eye health can prevent eye diseases from becoming a serious problem. The sooner you take action, the more resources you have to reverse the situation and prevent blindness. In this blog, I will talk a little bit about eye diseases in dogs and cats and how you can support your pet’s eye health.

What are the most common eye diseases in pets?

There are many eye conditions that can affect your furbaby. They can be caused by trauma or can be the secondary result of a disease. The 10 most common eye diseases in dogs and cats are:

Visit a vet right away if you notice a change in your pet’s eye health.

It is important to keep tabs on your little one’s eye health and visit a vet right away if you notice your pet has one of these conditions. Some of these conditions can be serious and your little one may lose their vision or in extreme cases, lose one or both of their eyes.

Are there any breeds or underlying conditions that are more prone to eye issues?

Flat-faced or brachycephalic breeds like Pugs, Shih Tzus, and Bulldogs, have more exposed eyes. This can result in exposure to keratopathy and corneal dystrophies that may cause discomfort and vision loss.

Some cat breeds lie Persians and Himalayans are prone to corneal sequestrum. A corneal sequestrum is an area of dead corneal tissue and may appear on the cornea as a black spot.

In wild animals, poor husbandry and diet are the most common cause of eye problems.

Pekingese dog with severe cataracts. Eye diseases in dogs

Natural support for eye diseases in dogs and cats

NHV has many supplements that can help your pet’s eyes. Here are some examples:

Many studies have shown eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) present in omega 3s can decrease the risk of cataracts. It also can help decrease inflammation related to dry eyes. NHV Petomega 3 is a vet-formulated blend of natural fish oils that are rich in omega 3s.

NHV PetOmega 3: Health & Well-being Support for Cats & Dogs

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It can help prevent oxidative damage, help delay the development of cataracts, and help decrease inflammation. Inflammation plays an important role in many eye diseases in dogs and cats including uveitis, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. NHV Turmeric is an easy-to-administer liquid turmeric supplement that is a safe dosage and bioavailable for pets.

NHV Turmeric: Well-being support for Cats & Dogs

Ey-Eas is a herbal eye drop formula with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory activities that are especially helpful for pink eye (conjunctivitis) and watery eyes. This gentle, non-irritating formula supports the management of painful swelling, helps soothe uncomfortable itching, and helps control increased discharge to restore the eyes back to a healthy state. It also helps prevent the spreading of eye infections to other pets.

NHV Ey-Eas: Eye Infection Support For Cats & Dogs

Our new supplement, OcuLove, is formulated to help with eye health and promote eyesight. It contains a blend of herbs that have been used for centuries for eye health and have beneficial properties like helping to reduce inflammation and irritation, promoting healthy tear production, and encouraging healthy blood flow in the eyes.

NHV OcuLove For Cats and Dogs

Can diet help with eye diseases in pets?

A balanced diet that is adequate for your pet’s health conditions can definitely help with your little one’s health. For example, cataracts may be a secondary condition to diabetes. In this case, a diet formulated for your pet’s diabetes by a veterinarian is beneficial.

Turtles also can suffer from eye problems if their diet is deficient in vitamin A. Therefore, a diet that has the correct amount of vitamin A can be very beneficial.

It is always very important to talk to your vet about the best diet for your little one.

If you have any questions about eye diseases in dogs, cats, or any other pets, please let us know. You can ask our team of pet experts a question now by clicking the button below.

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda Nascimento DVM, MVSc, PhD

Dr. Amanda completed her undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine in 2010 and graduate studies in veterinary pathology (MVSc. 2012 and PhD 2016) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine – University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Dr. Nascimento will be hosting her own blog series and sharing her knowledge with our extended NHV family.

Published: February 22, 2022

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