Download Article Download Article Eye health is important to the overall health of cats and should be assessed by cat owners on a regular basis. Knowing what to look for and how to act if you suspect an infection is important to preventing long-term problems with your cat’s eyes.
- 1 Look for the symptoms of an eye infection. Be alert for signs that your cat has a problem with its eyes. Symptoms can include one or a combination of the following:
- Winking or holding the eye closed: This is not normal and is a sign the cat has pain in that eye or is uncomfortable. This could be the result of trauma (a scratch to the eye) infection, increased pressure within the eye, a foreign body trapped under the eyelids, or inflammation within the eye.
- Swollen eyelids: This speaks for itself but swollen, puffy eyelids are a sure sign something’s not right – usually trauma, infection, or allergy.
- Discharge from the eye: All cats develop gloop in the inner corner of the eye, especially when they wake and haven’t yet washed themselves. Normal gloop is usually clear or rust-colored. Indeed, as the clear gloop sits in contact with the air it dries out and becomes rusty looking – this is normal. A yellow or green discharge is a sign of infection.
- Inflamed whites of the eye: If the white portion of the eye is rosy pink, or there are blood vessels snaking across it, this is abnormal and can be a sign of allergy, infection, or glaucoma (increased pressure within the eye.)
- Loss of a shiny surface: The healthy eye has a highly reflective surface, and when you look carefully any reflections are have smooth edges and are unbroken. If you look at the surface and it appears dull so it is difficult to see reflections, or the reflections are broken up and jagged, this is abnormal. This can be an indication of dry eye (not enough tear fluid is present) or an ulcer on the surface of the eye.
- 2 Check your cat’s eyes in bright light. Having noticed there is a possible problem, check the cat in good lighting. Decide which eye is the abnormal one by comparing one eye with the other, and make a note of which one it is. Study the sore eye carefully and make a mental list of what you see, such as the color of discharge, any inflammation on the whites of the eye, soreness, and so forth. Advertisement
- 3 Assess whether you should take your cat to the veterinarian. Some infections need to be treated by your vet, instead of at home. If you see the following signs then the cat should be checked by a veterinarian:
- Visible discomfort (closing the eye)
- Yellow or green discharge
- Dull surface to the eye
- Enlarged blood vessels on the surface of the eye.
- 1 Clean eye discharge. If your cat has runny eyes or a discharge, use dampened cotton wool to wipe away the gunk. Do this as often as is needed, which for some cats with a heavy infection could mean hourly.
- Pat the eye dry afterwards.
- As the cotton wool become soiled, switch to a fresh piece. Use separate pieces for each eye.
- 2 Take extra care with kitten’s eyes. It is not uncommon for kittens with an eye infection to have their eyelids stuck shut by discharge. It is important to clean their eyes because the infection could build up behind the eyelids and then cause blindness.
- If the eyelids are gummed shut, soak a clean ball of cotton wool in some previously boiled (and cooled) water. Repeatedly wipe the damp cotton ball over the eye, wiping from the inside corner to the outside. At the same time use the finger and thumb of the opposite hand to apply gentle pressure to the upper and lower lids in order to pry them open.
- 3 Keep the cat’s eyes clear of irritants. Trim long hair away from the eyes and keep its face clean. It is also a good idea to avoid using aerosols near a cat, as its eyes are very sensitive and may weep as a result.
- 1 Keep up to date with your cat’s vaccination. It may be surprising but vaccinations can prevent some eye infections. Cat flu and chlamydia are two common causes of eye infections that vaccination can prevent.
- 2 Take your cat to the veterinarian so the infection can be assessed and treated. Eye infections are commonly caused either by bacteria or viruses. Viral infections are self-limiting and the cat’s own immune system will fight the infection. Bacterial infections are treated with topical eye ointments or drops that contain antibiotic.
- Viruses which affect the eye include herpesvirus and calicivirus. Some veterinarians will supply topical antibiotics even if a viral infection is suspected, this is because these infections could be mixed with complicating bacteria that cause secondary infections.
- The bacteria that may colonize the eye and cause infection include Staphylococci, E.coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas. It is very important to always wash your hands thoroughly after handling a cat with sticky eyes, as these infections can spread.
- 3 Apply medicine as directed. Depending on the formulation antibiotic treatments are applied anywhere from twice a day to hourly. Oral antibiotics are not usually given for eye infections unless it is not possible to use an ointment because of the cat’s temperament.
- Treatment is usually given for a minimum of 5 days, and should not be discontinued before this because of the risk of inducing antibiotic resistance.
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See more answers Ask a Question 200 characters left Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. Submit Advertisement Article Summary X To treat a cat with an eye infection at home, use a dampened cotton ball to wipe away any gunk around its eyes as often as needed.
- If its eyes are stuck shut, soak a clean cotton ball in boiled and cooled water and repeatedly wipe it over the eye from the inside corner to the outside.
- Simultaneously, use your finger and thumb on the opposite hand to apply gentle pressure to the upper and lower lids to help pry them open.
- If your cat’s eyes don’t clear up, ooze yellow or green liquid, or develop enlarged blood vessels on the surface, seek medical attention.
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- 1 What can I put on my cats infected eye?
- 2 Can a cat’s eye infection go away on its own?
- 3 What is the best home remedy for eye infection?
- 4 Can I put salt water in my cat’s eye?
- 5 Can you clear an eye infection without antibiotics?
- 6 Can you put Neosporin in a cat’s infected eye?
- 7 What does a cats infected eye look like?
What can I put on my cats infected eye?
Topical Corticosteroid Drops & Ointment – Cat eye inflammation can often be soothed using Corticosteroid drops or ointment. This medication is typically used to treat conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis, pannus, and eosinophilic keratitis.
Can a cat’s eye infection go away on its own?
Cat Eye Infection: Frequently Asked Questions –
How can I treat my cat’s eye infection?
There are various ways you can go about treating your cat’s eye infection, depending on what’s causing it and how severe it is. In some cases, cat eye infections will resolve on their own, but otherwise a vet will likely prescribe either eye drops or topical ointment. In more severe cases, oral antibiotics may be needed to address an underlying condition that’s causing the eye infection.
How can I treat my cat’s eye infection at home?
Never touch the eyeball itself. If the discharge is not easily cleared away, then do not wipe harder and seek care from a veterinarian.
Will a cat eye infection heal on its own?
Minor cat eye infections will clear up on their own without treatment, but it’s still important to keep a close eye on your cat’s symptoms to track if they get better. If the eye infection does not improve within 2 weeks, take your cat to the vet to rule out the possibility of a more serious eye condition.
What does a cat eye infection look like?
A cat eye infection will look like redness in the whites of the eye accompanied by discharge that can either be watery or thick. Excessive blinking, sensitivity to light, and inflamed eyelids are also possible symptoms. It’s a good idea to look at cat eye infection pictures so that you can be aware of what it looks like in the chance your cat has one.
How can I heal my cats eye naturally?
What About Herbal Remedies for Cat Eye Infections? – Unfortunately, you will read a great deal of information about DIY home remedies for cat eye infections. Eye infections are no joking matter. Permanent damage and vision loss can occur if treatment is delayed.
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV): Apple cider vinegar can cause severe chemical burns to the cornea. If the vinegar penetrates deeper into the eye, it may cause cataracts and glaucoma. Do not use ACV on your cat’s eye!
- Manuka honey: Manuka honey is sometimes used to dress wounds in veterinary medicine by a veterinarian, but it is not a recommended remedy for cat eyes. Honey has been used for eye infections in Ayurvedic medicine for many years, but this is a remedy you will want to skip.
- Colloidal silver: Colloidal silver is a water-based, anti-bacterial suspension with microscopic particles of silver. Often use in alternative veterinary medicine, some sources may recommend wiping your cat’s eyes with undiluted colloidal silver and a cotton ball. Unless your veterinarian has approved this remedy, do not attempt it.
- Human ointments and eye drops: Do not attempt to treat your cat at home with pink eye ointments (containing erythromycin) or those designed to treat human eye allergy symptoms. An incorrect choice here could result in irreversible eye damage.
- Brewer’s yeast: Brewer’s yeast that is sold specifically for pets may help with eye health when provided as an oral supplement due to its B-vitamin component, but it certainly won’t reverse a severe infection.
What can I use over the counter for my cat’s eye infection?
7 Tips for Treating Cat Eye Infections 7 Tips for Treating Cat Eye Infections By Kate Hughes As with most feline ailments, recognizing when there is a problem is the first step in diagnosing and treating eye infections in cats. But, since many kitties can be very private—even more so when they’re not feeling well—having an idea of what could go wrong and how to fix it can be very helpful. Know What Your Cat’s Eyes Should Look Like The first thing you should do when it comes to your kitty’s ocular health is to familiarize yourself with your cat’s eyes. What color are they? What does the third eyelid look like? Having a baseline is very important so that you can notice when something is off—even if it’s minor. If Something Is Off, Schedule a Vet Appointment Once you know what your cat’s “normal” is, you’re better able to identify signs of infection. These can include everything from redness and drainage to squinting and rubbing. However, it’s important that you don’t try to diagnose these symptoms on your own.
“Signs of an eye issue are very non-specific,” explains Dr. Elaine Holt, clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. “They have a wide variety of causes, including infection and diseases within the eye. And, until you know what is causing those very non-specific signs, you don’t know the proper method of treatment.” Both Holt and Jones stress that if you notice something is wrong with your cat’s eyes, you should schedule a vet appointment immediately.
“You don’t have to necessarily make it an emergency, but you should try to get the cat to the vet that day,” Jones says. Don’t Diagnose on Your Own Many of the cats brought to vets for red eyes and other ocular symptoms are exhibiting some form of conjunctivitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membrane that covers the inside of the eyelid and parts of the eye (the conjunctiva).
There can be many causes of conjunctivitis, including bacterial infections, viral infections, and trauma. Holt warns that the causes behind these infections may not necessarily be one-offs, as some turn out to be chronic problems. “One of the most common infectious organisms behind conjunctivitis is feline herpes virus, which is recurring,” she says.
“So you might have to treat the eye many times over the course of several months or even years. Herpes virus is actually a big player in ocular surface disease in cats, too.” Trauma is also a possibility. If your cat’s eye gets scratched by a branch or she gets clawed by another cat, the damaged eye can then become infected and requires treatment.
- Trauma and some types of infections (e.g.
- Feline herpes virus) may also lead to ulcers, an erosion of tissue off the surface of the eye.
- Another reason pet owners shouldn’t try to diagnose their cat’s eye infections without professional assistance is because the drainage, redness, and squinting might not necessarily be caused by an infection.
“Some cats develop dry eye disease as they get older. And there are different types of cancers that can develop in the eye,” Jones says. “This is why it’s so important that you know what the structures of your cat’s eyes look like, so if there is a change, you will know. Let the Professionals Do Their Work Because the symptoms of eye infections are so nonspecific, vets use a myriad of tools to get to the bottom of the problem. “First, I’ll look at which parts of the eye are red. It could just be an eyelid issue, rather than a problem with the globe of the eye,” Jones describes.
If it is the eye itself, I’ll put a stain in the eye to look for scratches or ulcers. For cases that are more difficult to diagnose, I may use an ophthalmoscope —a hand-held eye scope that allows me to look at the retina and the chambers of the eye for symptoms like inflammatory fluid.” Know Your Treatment Options Treatments for eye infections can range from topical—think drops and ointments—to oral antibiotics and ocular surgery.
If your cat is diagnosed with an eye condition that requires oral medications or topical drops or ointments, the vet will teach you how to administer treatment as safely and as painlessly as possible. However, whether this will be an easy task very much depends on your cat.
- If the infection is caused by a scratch or an ulcer, vets will typically treat it topically with drops and orally with pain medication.
- However, if the eye doesn’t improve, we may have to do procedures to help stimulate healing,” Jones says.
- Minimize Stress by Knowing When to Quit If kitty isn’t particularly amenable to having medication administered, it may not be worthwhile to continue with that treatment.
Holt says that stress can exacerbate eye issues, even if the cat is receiving treatment. “Giving medication can be very stressful and could make the disease worse, especially with viral infections like herpes,” she explains. “You really have to work out what your relationship is with your cat.
- Is the battle worth the end result? Especially if the condition is chronic and you could be doing this for months or years.” If you find yourself in this situation, talk to your veterinarian about different treatment options.
- Both Jones and Holt stress that using medication meant for people or other pets is not a good idea when treating cat eye infections.
“Do not use any over-the-counter eye drops for your cat, unless it’s artificial tears,” Jones says. “Anything medicated can have a negative effect.” Holt adds that eye drops for dogs should also be avoided. “Some pet owners think that dogs’ eyes are similar to cats’ eyes, but that is really not the case.
What is the best home remedy for eye infection?
– Salt water, or saline, is one of the most effective home remedies for eye infections. Saline is similar to teardrops, which is your eye’s way of naturally cleansing itself. Salt also has antimicrobial properties. Because of this, it only stands to reason that saline can treat eye infections effectively.
What human eye drops are safe for cats?
Published Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – What can you do keep your pet’s eyes healthy? First of all, you will want to get used to looking at your pet’s eyes very closely. Once you know what is normal. it will be much easier to know when something is abnormal. It is best to perform a weekly eye exam so that you catch any problems very quickly.
- Eye irritation or infection can be painful to your pet and at times can lead to vision loss.
- What are you looking for on these weekly exams? Your pet’s eyes should be open and the whites of the eyes should not be red or bloodshot.
- A healthy eye is clear and the surface (the cornea) is smooth and shiny (moist).
Signs of eye trouble include squinting (holding the eye shut), redness at the top of the eye (under the upper eyelid), discharge that is green or yellow, crusted discharge on the eyelids, cloudiness in the eye, excessive tearing, or vision loss. If you have a light (even a cell phone light will work), it will make the eye exam easier.
Weekly eye examsWeekly or daily cleaning: Some pets may require more frequent cleaning to keep their eyes healthy and comfortable. With a warm cloth or gauze square, remove any debris at the corner of the eyes or on the fur around the eyes. If the discharge is tenacious, there are over the counter products to loosen the debris and make it easier to remove. One product is called Ocu-soft and is available over the counter at human pharmacies. Your veterinary ophthalmologist will also have cleaning products available.Keeping eyes clear of mucus. Just like humans, pets can have “sleep” in the morning and have mucus discharge after being exposed to wind, dirt and pollen. Your pet will be more comfortable if the mucus is removed. If the discharge is in the eye, you can use eye wash or artificial tears to remove it. Eye wash is available over the counter at human pharmacies. Be sure not to use contact lens cleaning solution! Artificial tears come in a number of brands and formulas. Genteal Gel, Refresh tears, and Tears Naturale are all good choices. You can flush the eye with the eye wash and then wipe the eye with a soft cloth. If you are using artificial tears, apply 3 – 4 drops in each eye and allow your pet to blink. This will drive the mucus to the corner of the eye where you can safely wipe it away.Keeping hair trimmed away from the eyes. There are 3 main reasons for keeping the hair trimmed. Number 1: When the hair is trimmed you can see the eyes better and will notice problems faster. Number 2: Short hair will not accumulate as much debris and therefore you will not have to clean the eyes as much. Number 3: Hair rubbing or touching the eye will lead to more discharge (tear staining) and can scratch the eye. This is particularly important in breeds that have short noses and skin folds near the eye (Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Pekingese, Persian, Himalayan, etc). It is always important to use blunt-nosed scissors when working around the eye. If you are not comfortable trimming the hair, take your pet to your veterinarian or groomer.Apply an eye lubricant ointment before bathing or taking your pet to the groomer. Lubricant ointments are available over the counter in the artificial tear aisle of the pharmacy. The main ingredients are white petrolatum and light mineral oil. Puralube, Refresh PM, Tears Naturale PM are all good choices. These products will be applied as a salve rather than a drop. They will create a barrier across the cornea to protect the eye from shampoo and other grooming chemicals.
Groomers Many pets require regular trips to the groomers. Our recommendation is that you apply one of the eye lubricant ointments before each grooming session. Also, request that your pet be hand dried rather than being placed in a drying cage with a fan blowing (this can dry their eyes).
When you pick up your pet, instill several drops of artificial tear solution as soon as you get home. This will help rinse away any extra hairs or chemicals that might still be in the eyes. Protecting pet’s eyes A company called Doggles makes goggles and glasses for dogs. They come in many sizes and color combinations.
Not all pets will tolerate wearing Doggles. Pets that are very active, outdoors for long periods of time, or that like to hang their head out the car window could benefit from a set of Doggles. What do you do if you notice a change? If you notice loss of sight, eye discoloration, behavioral changes, clouding of the eye or cataracts, red or swollen eyes, a growth on or near eye, light sensitivity/squinting, excessive tearing or abnormal ocular discharge, or rubbing/pawing at eyes, the first step is to contact your pet’s regular veterinarian.
They will be able to exam the eyes and perform basic diagnostic tests. Your pet should see a board-certified ophthalmologist when their eyes are not improving with standard therapy or the diagnosis includes emergencies such as corneal or lens lacerations, intraocular bleeding, uveitis, deep corneal ulceration, glaucoma, sudden blindness, or cataracts.
We encourage veterinarians to contact STVO when their client issues are beyond the scope of typical therapy. At all times, we work in conjunction with your regular veterinarian to ensure your pet receives the best possible care.
How long do eye infections last in cats?
Most bacterial and viral infections will resolve within five to fourteen days. In cases that are not improving or where are other pets at risk of infection, further testing will be performed to reach a definitive diagnosis.
What does a cat eye infection look like?
Eye Infections & Conjunctivitis – Eye infections can be painful, irritating and sometimes even contagious to other cats. Cat eye infections can caused by:
Viral infections Upper respiratory infections (cat colds) Parasites
Bacterial bacterial Fungal infections
While the causes of these eye infections vary, the symptoms are very similar. If your cat is suffering from an eye infection symptoms may include: redness around the eye, watery eyes, discharge, and possibly swelling. You may also notice that your cat is displaying other symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing or may be rubbing at the eye.
- Treatment of your cat’s eye infection will largely depend on the cause.
- In many cases your vet may prescribe antibiotic drops or ointment to fight the infection and ease symptoms.
- It is also commonly recommended that you clean your cat’s eyes gently to remove discharge and keep your cat safely indoors while they recover.
If your cat’s eye infection is caused by another health condition, your cat’s treatment may be more focused on treating the underlying health condition.
Can I put salt water in my cat’s eye?
Are There Ways to Prevent Pet Eye Infections? – Yes. The best way you can keep your cat’s eyes healthy and free of infection is by simply keeping her indoors. Keeping your kitty inside can reduce the chance of infection by up to 80 percent. Reduce the risk of your dog getting an eye infection by trimming the hair around his eyes, or having the groomer do it.
Wipe your dog’s face gently with a damp cloth every time he comes inside to remover pollen, fungi, and other allergens that can set up the beginnings of an infection. Your pup may not like it, but keep him from sticking his head out the window when you go for a ride in the car. Always wash his face if he’s been digging in the yard.
Whether you’ve got a dog or a cat, avoid using eye drops meant for humans to clear their eyes. If your pet gets something in her eye, it’s safe to use plain saline solution to rinse the eye out, but avoid any contact lens solution labeled as enzymatic or cleaning solution.
Can you clear an eye infection without antibiotics?
Viral Conjunctivitis – Most cases of viral conjunctivitis are mild. The infection will usually clear up in 7 to 14 days without treatment and without any long-term consequences. However, in some cases, viral conjunctivitis can take 2 to 3 weeks or more to clear up.
Can eye infection be treated without antibiotics?
Eye Infection Diagnosis and Treatment – Any serious medical issue involving your eyes should be seen by a physician. Diagnosis is largely based on visual evidence. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotic eye drops or ointments and compresses.
How do you flush a cat’s eye?
Home Care: Tips for Keeping Your Cat’s Eyes Healthy – You can help avoid eye problems in your cat by keeping up with yearly vaccinations, avoiding kitty overcrowding, and checking your cat’s eyes frequently for redness, cloudiness, a change in color or shape, discharge, or sensitivity to light.
Dip a cotton ball in water. Wipe away the eye discharge, always from the corner of the eye outward. Use a fresh cotton ball for each eye.Steer clear of any over-the-counter drops or washes unless your vet has prescribed them.
Because correct treatment can be so critical to the health and well-being of your cat, always talk to a veterinarian to be sure kitty is getting just the right care needed.
How do you make saline solution for cats eyes?
Feline Conjunctivitis Causes include infection, congenital defects (small or absent tear ducts), facial conformation (Persian features), and scarring from previous infections. Unlike humans, allergies are rarely involved. The most common cause of conjunctivitis in cats is viral infection, usually with a Herpes virus.
In cats, Herpes is an upper respiratory virus ( not an STD); it’s also called “rhinotracheitis” and is one of the components of the combination upper respiratory/panleukopenia (feline distemper) vaccine for kittens. The vaccine does not actually prevent Herpes infection; its main function is to reduce the severity of the disease.
Herpes attacks the nerves, and is painful. It usually causes quite a bit of redness and a watery discharge. It often attacks only one eye, producing a lopsided squint. Affected cats tend to be photophobic; that is, they squint against bright light, or try to avoid it altogether.
Nearly all cats are exposed to the Herpes virus as kittens. For most cats, no further problems occur. However, Herpes is a sneaky virus, and likes to lie dormant until it gets a chance to get one up on the immune system. Because stress suppresses the immune system, cats under stress are particularly susceptible to recurrent Herpes flare-ups.
Diet is also a factor in feline Herpes. Corn is deficient in the amino acid lysine; as dry foods have, over the years, replaced meat with corn gluten meal and other poor quality ingredients, Herpes flares have become more common. ; this is just one more.
Cats need a high protein, high moisture diet such as canned, homemade, or raw food. Long-term nutritional support with antioxidants,, and other immune boosting supplements will also help prevent recurrences. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, so conventional medicine doesn’t have a good treatment for Herpes.
Nevertheless most veterinarians use topical eye drops or eye ointment containing antibiotics as a treatment. Steroids may also be included in such topical products; they will reduce pain and inflammation, although there is a risk that the immune suppressing effects of steroids will inhibit healing.
- There are several holistic treatment options for Herpes.
- One of the simplest is l-lysine, which is inexpensive and readily available at the health food store or drug store.
- It comes in capsules or tablets, usually 500 mg.
- Capsules are much easier to work with, if you can get them.
- There is a liquid lysine supplement but the concentration is low and it contains The dose is 500 mg twice a day for 5-7 days (total 1,000 mg/day).
Lysine has a slightly salty taste, and is easily disguised by mixing with wet food or meat baby food. If that seems like a huge dose for a cat, it is–but that’s what it takes to work. Once the acute episode is under control, a maintenance dose of 250 mg per day can be given indefinitely.
To relieve irritation and wash viral particles from the eye, you can make a homemade saline solution. Use 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup of water (room temperature). Three or four times a day, use a cotton ball to drizzle a small amount saline into the cat’s eyes. Make the saline fresh each and every time, because bacteria could grow in the solution between treatments.
Another surprisingly effective treatment is “Willard Water.” This is a catalyst that theoretically changes the molecular structure of water. It is usually available at health food stores. Follow the directions on the bottle to make up a gallon at a time.
Use this as the only source of drinking water for your cat. The effects are not scientifically explainable, but they are usually immediate–within a day or two–and dramatic. Homeopathic remedies can also be very helpful for these kitties. A formula that I designed has proven to be exceptionally good helpful: Another one, designed for people but works well for cats, is called,
Because herpes flare-ups are so commonly stress-related, stress management is an important part of treatment. Flower essences such as are designed for this type of support. Additionally, all cats benefit from and, If symptoms worsen, or persist more than a few days, a check by your veterinarian is warranted.
Is there an alternative to eye drops for cats?
Dear Dr. Kaplan: Phillip is a three-year-old cat I acquired from a rescue centre a month ago. When I first brought him home, he had an upper respiratory tract infection, which I treated with antibiotics prescribed by a veterinarian. The condition resolved in a matter of days.
- Unfortunately, three days ago, he developed a second upper respiratory tract infection which was accompanied by an eye infection in both eyes.
- The veterinarian feels his infection is caused by feline herpesvirus.
- Treatment included eye drops and an oral antibiotic.
- Unfortunately, Phillip hides from us now when we try to medicate his eyes.
Is there an alternative way to treat his eye infection that would be less stressful for everyone involved, including Phillip? ANSWER: FHV-1 (feline herpesvirus 1) infection is the most common cause of conjunctivitis in cats. It is highly contagious and in more than 80 per cent of cases, the virus will never be fully eliminated.
- Rather the clinical signs usually resolve, but the virus hides out within nearby nerve cells in the cat’s face.
- The virus can become active again when the cat becomes stressed.
- This is probably where the old adage comes from that states “herpes is forever.” When the virus is hiding out and inactive, it is called a latent infection.
Some cats have relapses once a year. Others may have only one relapse in their lifetime and others have none. If Phillip dislikes the eye drops, ask his veterinarian about using famciclovir. This is an oral medication that is helpful in patients with herpesvirus infection which have respiratory disease or are difficult to treat topically.
Can I put antibiotic ointment on my cat’s eye?
Can I use Neosporin for treating my cat’s eye infection? If your cat’s eyes are looking sore and inflamed you may be tempted to use Neosporin as a way to fight an eye infection, but using Neosporin on your cat’s eyes could lead to some serious consequences. It’s never a good idea to use medications designed for human use on cats without first consulting your veterinarian.
Can you put Neosporin in a cat’s infected eye?
Can I use Neosporin to treat my cat’s eye infection? Always speak to your vet before using medications meant for humans, on your cat. Many over the counter first aid treatments or medications could cause your cat to experience serious, or even life-threatening side effects. Today our Charlotte vet explains why you should never use Neosporin to treat your cat’s eye infection.
What does a cats infected eye look like?
Understand the Signs of Cat Eye Infection – Veterinarians say the first signs of an eye infection owners notice are pretty straightforward, and aside from the cat’s third eyelid (which is known as the nictitating membrane ), these signs might sound a lot like humans’ when we get an eye infection:
The white of your cat’s eye may show some redness. You may see eye discharge that’s clear, yellow, or green. You may see excessive blinking, or it may look like your cat is winking at you. Your cat’s third eyelid—which actually closes sideways, instead of up and down like our eyelids—may be covering up more of the eye than usual. And if their eye problem is tied to an upper respiratory infection, your cat may also be sneezing or experiencing some nasal discharge as well.
Some eye problems can go away on their own, but because many eye conditions are indicative of something more serious—like diseases that can lead to blindness or worse—diagnosis is crucial. “Most cases are going to require intervention by a veterinarian,” says Ernie Ward, DVM, a writer, podcaster, pet nutrition advocate, and veterinarian who works with cats at animal rescue groups in North Carolina. Credit: Naomi Rahim / Getty Here’s how to know what could be causing your cat’s eye trouble so you can get it treated quickly and effectively.
Can I use Neosporin on my cat?
It may be tempting to slather Neosporin on your cat when you see it has a wound. But this first-aid kit staple, otherwise called triple antibiotic ointment, isn’t recommended for use on cats. Neosporin can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in cats.