I was informed by SUGAR’s vet that a dog eye injury is very common. Ocular trauma, known as dog eye trauma, can be painful and can eventually affect your dog’s vision if left untreated.
The cause of SUGAR’s recent left eye injury is unknown. We are glad that our AAHA vet is open 24/7 and an emergency vet visit on Sunday did not cost us an enormous amount.
Dog Eye Injury Requires An Emergency Vet Visit
SUGAR was squinting a lot and kept on pawing her left eye. She’s typically up early and would lay down on the kitchen floor. It was odd for her to stay in bed and not “woof” for her morning meal.
Symptoms: Dog Eye Injuries
Squinting (unusual Wink)
‘Pawing” at the eye
Unable to open eye
Watery eye discharge
Bloody or bloodshot eyes
Cloudiness or change in eye color
Bothered by bright light
Diagnosis from Fluorescein Stain Test
To see what’s inside SUGAR’s eye, the vet conducted a fluorescein eye stain test. This test can help detect corneal abrasion.
A drop of the stain is placed on the dog’s eye and sticks to any injured areas. Then, under a fluorescent light, it shows up as bright green which equates to the significance of the abrasion or scratch.
Treatment: Eye Drops and Cone of Shame
According to SUGAR’s vet, her eye injury should heal in 5 days. To aid in the healing process, antibiotic drops are applied 3-4 times/day. To avoid additional abrasion, SUGAR needs to wear an Elizabethan collar, E-Collar, or pet cone and also known as the cone of shame. Wearing an e-collar is a must to avoid potential eye irritation.
SUGAR’s left eye injury is healing well. In just two days, she’s able to keep her left eye open. This weekend, SUGAR is due to a follow-up vet visit. Her vet will perform the fluorescein stain test again and check if the scratch is healing properly.
A dog eye injury can occur at any time. Be a proactive dog parent. No matter how your dog’s eye injury may appear, you should get your vet to have a quick look.