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Oh My, Red Eye.

Any Pet Suffering From Red and Irritated Eyes Should Visit A Veterinarian As Soon As Possible. –by Timothy D. Hodge, D.V.M.

It was a Friday afternoon, about 5:30 pm, when Lily presented to the hospital for an evaluation. Her pet parent was very con- cerned. Lily had been fine when Clara left for work that morn- ing. But, when she came home, Lily was hiding. Clara found her in the closet. She coaxed her out into the light and could see she was squinting her right eye. Clara looked a little closer and Lily’s eye was very red. The “white” part of the eye

normally has very small blood ves- sels, but overall should have a white and clear appearance. A red eye may be associated with several distinct entities and the seriousness and management of which may differ considerably. Conjunctivitis: is a com-

mon cause of a red eye. It is a condition that has many possible causes such as infection, decreased tear production (KCS), foreign body, trauma, allergies, etc). A pet with conjunctivitis will show the white part of the eye to be red and inflamed. The blood vessels will be more prominent than normal. Hemorrhage: Has a char-

acteristic appearance and may be associated with trauma, strangula- tion, and certain bleeding disorders. Diseases of the Eye

not her usually happy-go-lucky self. She is usually a very social dog and loves attention. This day, she was hiding behind Clara. So, we definitely knew something was amiss. We noted the squinting

and the red eye, but needed to perform a complete physical exam to help us determine if there was any other body abnor- mality that may be related. Red eye can be a visible symptom of an underlying systemic disease, sometimes of a serious nature. Consequently, bloodwork is essential for ruling out or con- firming something serious, such as cancer. We checked her teeth and

Socket: May cause the white part of the eye to be red and inflamed. This is usually associated with infection, abscess and may cause the eye to protrude from the socket. Some pets will show pain upon opening the mouth. Uveitis: Associated with inflammation within the eyeball

Gizmo is nother patient of Dr. Timothy D. Hodge of Harbourside Animal Hospital in the Channelside District of Tampa and Cross Creek Animal Medical Center in

New Tampa. He also came in with red eye, was diagnosed and then treated for glaucoma.

gums. When we opened the dog’s mouth, she didn’t object. We viewed the ears and eardrums with a scope and found them to be normal. Feeling the whole body revealed no abnormalities. We palpated her abdomen and belly. Lily was the model patient, not complaining at all. We checked all her joints, skin and coat. Nothing of concern noted. We listened to her heart and lungs with a stethoscope, again, finding everything to be normal. We determined that Lily’s issue seemed to be isolated to her eye. With some coaxing, she

allowed us to gently pry apart here eyelids to look at her eye. The eye was very red and inflamed. There was mild tearing

itself and has different causes, many that may cause loss of sight. Rapid investigation and treatment are needed to provide opti- mal management and successful outcome. Some of the causes of uveitis are immune system disorders, infections, toxins, trau- ma, cancer, and diseases of the lens. Glaucoma: Increased pressure within the eyeball; very

sight threatening, as well as painful. Glaucoma may occur with no discernable cause or secondary to other eye issues such as the lens falling out of normal position or with uveitis. When Lily arrived at the hospital, she was acting timid and


noted. More than should be present, actually and more than the left eye. The pupil was very large in the right (affected) eye as compared to the left eye and there was a slight to mild protrusion of the eye from the socket. Gentle pushing on the eyeball was painful to Lily. She was such a good patient, letting us to perform a

complete eye evaluation. Viewing the eyes with an ophthalmo- scope, we could see that the cornea (clear portion of the eyeball) appeared to have some edema or swelling. We again noted that the conjunctiva or white portion of the eye was very red and the blood vessels appeared congested. There were cataracts present in both eyes.

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