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Pet Eye Infections FAQ

What You Need to Know About Pet Eye Infections

Your pet’s overall well-being, including their vision health, is obviously very important. Therefore, when you believe your pet may have an eye infection, you want answers quickly as to the best way to address the issue. At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City, we are ready to help you navigate this often scary area of pet ownership. Read on to learn more from our veterinarians about eye infections in pets and how to recognize them.

What Are The Signs of a Pet Eye Infection?

Symptoms will vary between some cats and dogs and differing breeds. However, in general, eye infections will come along with some of the following indications:

  • Your pet is pawing or rubbing its eye
  • Swollen eyes
  • Cloudy iris
  • Eye redness
  • Yellow, green or thick discharge

How Severe Are Eye Infections in Pets?

Eye infections are pretty common in pets. The severity of an eye infection can range from slight to potentially dangerous. That is why we consider all eye infections to be urgent. Until we have a chance to diagnosis your pet properly, we must err on the side of caution and assume there is potential for long-term damage. After we have examined and diagnosed your pet, we can determine the best course of action to treat the condition.

Can Pet Owners Prevent Eye Infections?

In some instances, yes, you can work to prevent eye infections in your pets. A cat’s eyes can be protected simply by keeping the animal indoors as much as possible. For your dog, you can reduce the risk of the animal experiencing an eye infection by trimming the hair near the eyes. If you aren’t comfortable trimming the hair yourself, have your trusted groomer handle the job. You can also use a clean damp cloth to wipe your dog’s eyes when he or she comes in from outside, to removed fungi, pollen and other allergens that could cause an eye infection.

Seek Veterinary Care for Pet Eye Infections

An eye infection in a pet does not automatically merit panic. However, infections are serious enough to require quick action. Bring your pet in to see our veterinarians at Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City as soon as possible to begin a treatment plan. Call us today at (252) 247-5595 for an appointment.

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    Dr. Marci and the staff at Bridges have taken amazing care of my boys (who are not easy to work with I might add). They treat us like royalty and I wouldn’t trust my babies with anyone else. They are amazing, always so sweet, caring, and understanding. I just can’t thank them enough for keeping my sweet babies happy and healthy.

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    truly kind and caring doctor and staff. they honestly love animals and and put their patients above everything. I had to lay my dog down, it was a horrible time, and the doctor cared enough to make sure i got her paw print, some of her hair, and her ashes. Then i got a card in the mail from the vet herself that was heartfelt, they are not in it for the money, but for their love of animals.

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    I’ve been taking my birds and dogs to Dr. Taylor and her staff for a very long time – one of my cockatiels is 22 years old (they're only supposed to reach 12!) In healthy times, sickness and emergencies, the folks at Bridges have been there for me with compassion and excellent care. They are such a part of the community and are always active in animal rescue events, rabies clinics, and any opportunity to support animal welfare. These folks care like family.

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    I have a very high regard for Dr. Taylor and her staff. They take great care of my pets, and during a recent emergency, I was really impressed by Dr. Taylor’s tenacious, detail-oriented diagnostics and resulting treatment recommendations. Bridges is also the vet for Siamese Cat Rescue efforts in this area. I love the staff. They are so willing to work with us and they really support our efforts in caring for these amazing creatures and helping find them safe and loving homes.


    Dr. Roxanne Taylor is a great, caring vet. I breed, raise and show champion Doberman Pinschers and Dr. Taylor has been my vet for 18 years. She is beyond caring; I can site thousands of incidents. She is very thorough; her motto is ‘let’s find out, let’s be sure.’ Her staff, oh my gosh, they know who you are when you call, are so personable and do everything to make the animals feel at home. They are accessible, honest and truly love what they do. I couldn’t imagine finding better vete


    Oh I love Roxanne! The best way I can describe my experience with her is total trust. She is honest, deeply compassionate and not afraid to refer you to a specialist when it’s in the best interest of the animal. She snatched one of my Yorkies from the grave twice within his first two years of life! And when my sister and I lost our Poodles, she was so comforting. Our dogs just wag their tails like crazy when they see her; that’s a testimonial in itself!

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    I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Taylor and her practice. They go to extraordinary lengths to help animals . . . and their people! Before I moved here from New Jersey, I brought my dog to Dr. Taylor whenever I visited my daughter. It was a long way to travel to see the vet, but she helped me bring an abused very scared animal to health. She is very upfront and helps me make good decisions for my pets with complete information. I’m very pleased with the service I’ve gotten at Bridges Animal


    Dr. Taylor has been treating our dogs for more than 20 years. We breed show dogs and therapy dogs and are very particular. The folks at Bridges are gentle, kind and have never let us down. We have complete confidence in them and wouldn’t go anyplace else. We are really lucky to get to work with them.


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