Conjunctivitis in Dogs/ Pink Eye:
Pink eye in dogs, also known as red eye or conjunctivitis. This can be explained as an itchy inflammation of the tissue in the inner eyelids and the whites of the eyes. This may lead to the condition of pain, blindness, and further infection in dogs if not treated with in time. Conjunctivitis in dogs may look the same as pink eye in humans, but it is often caused by irritation from a foreign substance or allergen, rather than a contagious infection.
Causes Of Pink Eye/ Conjunctivitis In Dogs
Pink eye can be caused by anything that results in inflammation to the conjunctiva, or the tissue of the eyelids and white parts of the eyes.
Treatment Of Pink Eye In Dogs
Conjunctivitis in dogs is usually the result of an irritant and not a contagious infection that can spread from dog to dog, treatment will most of the time involve flushing the eyes and reducing inflammation with eye drops and ointments. If the irritant is an allergen, this may be followed up with antihistamines.
In the case of a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be given, such as ciprofloxacin. These can come in eye drops, ointments, or pills and your dog may be prescribed several drugs at the same time to cover multiple bacteria.
Prevention of Pink Eye
Prevention of pink eye is possible by reducing interactions with contaminated water or other materials.
Eliminating exposure to known allergens or irritants, such as cigarette smoke, also helps. Staying up-to-date on vaccinations for conditions such as distemper will also reduce the risk of contracting pink eye as a secondary condition.
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