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Eye Care

A healthy pet’s eyes should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball white.

Common Symptoms of Illness

  • Red inner eyelids
  • Matter ‘stuck’ on the surface or in the corners of the eye
  • Cloudiness within the eyeball
  • A dull eye surface
  • The ‘third eyelid’ coming across the eye
  • Excessive tearing or unusual discharges
  • Tear-stained fur around the eyes

    Common Eye Tests Used to Diagnose Eye Problems

  • Fluorescein stain to identify the presence of corneal ulcers
  • Schirmer Tear Test to determine the level of tear production
  • Ocular pressure to detect glaucoma
  • Ophthalmoscope to see in the eye chamber

    Common Eye Conditions & Symptoms

    Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the membrane that covers both the inner lining of the eyelid and the white of the eye. It may be caused by allergies or by bacterial, fungal or viral infections. In fact, recurrent or chronic conjunctivitis in cats is often the result of herpes viral infections, which can return – again and again. It can be contagious, so keep an infected cat away from others.

    Corneal Ulceration can occur when the surface of the cornea is scratched or damaged, either as the result of an injury or, more seriously, a bacterial or viral infection.

    Watery Eyes If your pet’s eyes constantly “weep” or if the fur around them appears “stained,” he may suffer from this inherited defect, in which a malformation of the tear ducts blocks the normal flow of tears.

    Cataracts & Glaucoma Like humans, cats and dogs can have these serious eye diseases. Cataracts, which cloud the lens inside the eye, can be seen in elderly cats. A thorough evaluation by your veterinarian is necessary as surgery is the only treatment. Glaucoma stems from too much pressure being exerted upon the eye’s interior due to a decrease in the amount of fluid draining from it.

    How to Administer Eye Drops/Ointment

  • See the instructions on the bottle for dosage. Shake if necessary.
  • Use one hand to hold the bottle between thumb and index while using the other to support the pet’s head.
  • Tilt the head back and, to prevent blinking, use your free fingers to hold the eyelids open.
  • Hold the bottle of drops close to the eye, but DON’T touch the eye’s surface.
  • Squeeze the drops onto the eye, and once the drops are in, release the head.
  • Your pet will blink, spreading the medication over the eye’s surface.

    How-To Videos:

    Administering eye drops/ointment for your dog
    Administering eye drops/ointment for your cat

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital