The whites of a dog's eyes can be red due to a number of conditions, including an inflammation of the cornea, eyelid, conjunctiva, sclera, ciliary body or iris, according to PetMD. Other possible and more severe causes of red eyes are orbital disease, glaucoma, a hemorrhage at the front of the eye or a hemorrhage within the eye.Know More
Because red eyes in a dog can be a sign of an underlying disease or condition, blood work and other testing is commonly done in a veterinarian's office to rule out or confirm serious diseases, according to PetMD.
PetMD explains that ultrasound eye imaging and tonometry, or the measurement of pressure inside a dog's eye, are two commonly used tests to help diagnose a cause for red eyes. If any pus or discharge is present in the eye, a bacterial culture and sensitivity profile is used to determine if an infection or allergic reaction is occurring.
Most cases of eye redness in dogs can be treated on an outpatient basis, however, in the case of glaucoma, surgery is typically required to repair the eye. A cone collar is commonly used after any treatment on the eyes to prevent a dog from scratching at the eyes and preventing healing, according to PetMD.Learn more about Veterinary Health
Infectious canine tracheobronchitis, also referred to as kennel cough, is an extremely contagious respiratory disease that affects dogs, according to PetMD. The most common causes of kennel cough in dogs are mycoplasma, parainfluenza virus and Bordetella bronchiseptica. These bacteria and viruses cause dogs to develop inflammation in their bronchi and trachea, which results in kennel cough.Full Answer >
Though aspirin is not toxic to dogs, owners should not give aspirin to a dog except under the direct supervision and advice of a veterinarian, according to PetMD. Commonly used to treat short-term musculoskeletal pain, aspirin is known to cause gastric pain, bleeding and ulcers.Full Answer >
Worms in dogs can induce such symptoms as diarrhea, vomiting, dry hair and a pot-bellied or overall sickly appearance, according to PetMD. Sometimes there are no visible symptoms until the advanced, life-threatening stages, states WebMD. Even without overt symptoms, veterinarians should test and treat pets for intestinal parasites.Full Answer >
Canine dewormer may take up to 6 weeks to completely stop the cycle of infection, as stated by PetMD. Treatment requires two to three applications of dewormer spaced 2 weeks apart.Full Answer >