Eye Contact: A Glance at Pet Eye Care
Your pet’s eyes are beautiful, soulful, and complex. You probably get a healthy dose of the feels when he or she gazes at you – and so does your pet. An international research team actually studied the impact of sustained human-pet gazes and discovered there was a substantial release of oxytocin (the feel-good brain hormone typically associated with parents and children).
While sight is definitely linked to communication and bonding, it also adds overall vitality to your pet’s life. Indeed, healthy pet eye care and vision is essential.
A Close Look
An important part of your pet’s wellness care is looking at – and into – the eyes. A healthy set of peepers should have the following characteristics:
- A distinctive clarity and brightness
- The sclera (the area encompassing the eyeball) should be white
- Equal-sized pupils
- The lining below the eyelid should be pink, not white or red
Since you’re so accustomed to communicating and interacting with your pet by sight, you’ll probably notice any changes in the condition of his or her eyes. Please let us know if you observe any of the following:
- Excessive blinking
- Pawing at the eyes
- Redness or discharge
- Bulging eyes
- Dilated or pinpoint pupils
- Cloudy eyes
General Pet Eye Care
Beyond a physical assessment, there are supportive pet eye care measures you can take at home, such as:
- Trim any hair that grows over the eyes to prevent vision obstruction, scratching, or poking.
- Avoid grooming products and topical flea medications that may cause irritation. Make sure to cover the eyes during the application of any products.
- Do not allow your pet to stick his or her head out the window of a moving vehicle. Although exhilarating, flying debris can get lodged in the eye, leading to infection or injury.
- To support vision, add lightly steamed and pureed carrots, blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, and broccoli to your pet’s diet.
Aging Pet Eye Care
After the age of six, your pet’s eyes may start to change. Nuclear sclerosis, or clouding of the lens, is commonly associated with aging. This is a painless occurrence for your pet, but it does compromise the scope of vision somewhat (mostly being able to see close up).
Another change may include an increasing sensitivity to light. You may notice either a hesitancy to visit the backyard at night or an intolerance of the midday sun.
Here’s Looking at You
Pet eye care is linked to overall health, so please contact The Pet Experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center if you notice unexpected changes in your pet’s eyes or vision. We’re happy to discuss other ways to protect your pet’s gorgeous eyes, so you can gaze at each other for years to come.