Animal Medical Hospital believes that the treatment of diseases of the eyes and visual pathways is an important part of maximizing your pet’s quality of life. Our veterinarians provide the highest level of care for cats and dogs with ocular diseases and include eye exams as a routine part of a pet wellness visit.
Animals suffer from eye problems that are similar to those that affect humans. Conditions such as cataracts and canine eyelid disease can be corrected when diagnosed near the onset. Screening of dogs for inherited eye diseases is an important service we provide, as some breeds are more prone to eye problems than others. Please note that if your pet is squinting, rubbing his or her eyes, or if there is any swelling, redness, or discharge, then he or she needs to be seen immediately.
Our hospital is equipped with highly specialized equipment that we use to evaluate and diagnose eye issues, including:
- Instruments used for measuring intraocular pressure
- Fluorescein stain to diagnose corneal scratches or ulcers
- Schirmer tear test strips to diagnose KCS or “dry eye”
- Slit lamp for evaluation of the anterior chamber of the eye
- Indirect ophthalamoscopes for retinal exams
Although we do not have an ophthalmologist on staff, all of our doctors are trained to evaluate the eyes of all mammals and can diagnose and treat many diseases and injuries. The Animal Medical Hospital doctors believe that no eye problem is “too small” to worry about and take all ocular issues very seriously. Should a patient come in with a condition that we believe is advanced, we will provide you with referrals to a specialist.
After the critical phase of ocular disease is past, we are equipped to follow up with long-term care of ocular needs. In addition, we carry a wide variety of ocular medications, such as antibiotics and pain relievers that either we or your pet’s ophthalmologist may prescribe. The doctors and staff of Animal Medical Hospital strive to provide your pet with quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art ocular treatment.
"I am impressed by Dr. Andersen. She’s very knowledgeable. She treats my dog well and takes time to explain things to me.