Corneal ulcers occur because there is a disruption in the outermost cell layer of the eye. There are many reasons your pet may develop a corneal ulcer but the most certain thing is they can quickly advance to requiring surgical treatment if your pet is allowed to rub or scratch at the eye.
Treating corneal ulcers due to infection or irritation are the usual fare but some pets develop chronic conditions that are breed-specific or the result of chronic viral infections. Additionally, having a corneal ulcer is painful! Imagine how uncomfortable it is to have an eyelash briefly stuck in your eye, and then multiply that discomfort and you may be able to sense the amount of pain your pet is going through.
If one or both of your pet's eyes are red, call the staff at Piney Creek Square Integrative Veterinary Medicine as soon as possible. A few hours can make a big difference to the extent, and cost, of your pet's care with this condition.
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