Your assessment results for:

Eye Problems

Urgency level: Possible emergency

Contact an emergency veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact the emergency hospital ASAP and don’t let your dog irritate their eye

  • Contact the vet before travelling to ensure they are able to see your pet. They may also need to give you specific instructions. Some regular hospitals may be able to treat your pet.
  • Put a cone and/or socks on your dog to prevent them from scratching and further damaging their eye.
  • If your dog’s eye is bulging out, hold a clean damp cover (ex. a clean towel) over the eye.


Why it’s an emergency

Sudden changes in your dog’s vision or appearance of their eyes usually indicate a severe condition

  • Based on the symptoms you’ve selected, your dog could have a severe condition and requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Eye problems are complex, and almost always require veterinary attention. Some of the conditions we are worried about include glaucoma, trauma, and infection. These situations are time sensitive and require specialists with specialized equipment.


First aid tips

Guide your dog if they have impaired vision and remove potential obstacles from their environment

  • If your dog has full or partial vision loss, you can use their leash to guide them within the home. Remove obstacles in their environment if possible.
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm – if vision is impaired they may bump into things and further damage their eye.
  • Do not touch or try to clean your dog’s eyes.


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