Animal Medical Hospital & 24 Hour Urgent Care 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’s wellness visit.
Animals suffer from eye problems that are similar to those that affect humans. We can correct conditions like cataracts and canine eyelid disease when they are diagnosed early. This is why we screen dogs for inherited eye diseases, especially since 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 ophthalmoscopes 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 & 24 Hour Urgent Care 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 a referral to a specialist.
After the critical phase of ocular disease is passed, 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 & 24 Hour Urgent Care strive to provide your pet with quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art ocular treatment.
If you think your pet is experiencing vision issues, please call us at (704) 334-4684.