Many times squinting is a temporary thing. But if the squinting persists, or if there is colored or thick discharge, it is best to have it checked out.
“Pink eye”, or conjunctivitis, is not uncommon, especially in kittens. Conjunctivitis can be secondary to an infection which may be caused by a virus that stays with the kitten for life causing eye flare ups from time to time. Antibiotics still help, but lysine supplementation may be necessary to help control the outbreaks.
Another common occurrence in adult pets is corneal ulceration. This is an actual hole in the surface of the eye, usually from some trauma, and can be very painful. Corneal ulcers usually heal rapidly. Antibiotic ointments are very helpful in speeding up the healing time.
“Dry eye”, or lack of adequate tear production, causes squinting and a green mucous discharge. It is common in middle age to older pets especially cocker spaniels, shih tzus, lhasa apsos and English bulldogs. Lifetime eye drops will return tear production to normal.
All of these conditions, among others, can be very serious if left untreated. Eye problems should always be considered an emergency and immediate medical attention should be sought. If your pet has an eye problem that needs attention, call Hudson Veterinary Hospital at (330)650-2929.