A closer look: Red Eyes in Dogs
Red eyes are a very common symptom in dogs. It can vary widely in severity from low risk to life-threatening. Determining urgency of medical intervention is based on presence of other symptoms and concern for preserving vision. Most conditions associated with red eyes are not deadly but may impact vision. Any sudden onset change in vision requires urgent veterinary care.
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Red eyes is further characterized as
- Unilateral or bilateral
- Single symptom or concurrent symptoms
- Acute or chronic
- Persistent or intermittent
Red eye is common in dogs and the risk to overall health is variable. The presence of other symptoms may indicate severity.
Testing and diagnosis
Diagnostics vary depending on the suspected underlying condition and the associated symptoms. Some diagnostics that can be used include;
- Physical examination
- Full ophthalmic exam
- Blood work
- Infectious disease testing
- Diagnostic imaging
Treatment can depend on the underlying condition and has a wide potential for variety. Some examples of treatment options include;
- Benign neglect
- Topical medication
- Systemic medication
- Palliative care
Red eyes are self evident and not likely to be confused with other symptoms. Red eyes are similar to redness of the skin around the eye or eyelid and red mass in or around the eye (tumor or cherry eye).