Have you noticed that your dog has swollen or bulging eyes? This is a sign of a real emergency. In some cases, it could be as simple as an allergy of some kind, especially if your dog is an outside dog or an inside dog that is around a smoker 24/7. Bulging eyes could also be a sign that your animal could have been or is being abused, again, especially common with outside animals. Children and strangers can most often be very cruel, as I’ve been a victim of, with outside pets.
Sometimes, an animal can be hit by a car and still act as if it’s normal, when in fact they are seriously injured. As I stated above, children, sometimes not knowing or intentional when they think they are playing with an animal could in fact hurt your pet. One of the favorite thing that children like to do is to swing a pet around and then let them go flying in the air. I’m sure we’ve all seen this done at one time or another by some child some place. If you have a shy and sweet dog, they tend to be picked on the most and children are notorious for kicking them in the head when they don’t want them around or to be bothered with them.
Other symptoms of bulging or swollen eyes could be caused from dog bites or dog fights. Make sure to check your dog’s head and body over carefully to determine if this could be the reason. Head trauma could also be the cause of dislocation of the eyes or eye, which could lead to blindness or even death. Other reasons that cause these symptoms are glaucoma, tumors, abscess behind the globe (eyeball), or a condition of under-active thyroid known as hypothyrodism. All of these reasons would require an examination by your pet’s doctor.
Glaucoma is a disease that is generally inherited and can be found when an animals eye or eyes become cloudy. If your animal’s eye looks dilated, this is another symptom of glaucoma. Glaucoma causes low eye pressure in the eyes and leads to blindness. Your animal’s doctor can give you drops for this condition. However, I do warn you that the medicine does not come cheaply. Glaucoma does cause sore and painful eyes for your pet as well.
Tumors can also be a cause of swollen or bulging eyes. Tumors would cause your animal to have severe headaches among other painful symptoms. An x-ray would be needed to determine if this is the situation. If this should be the case, a possible surgery might be needed. Remember, most tumors lead to cancer or other serious problems, blindness, or possible death. For any of the conditions mentioned in this article, be sure to contact your pet’s doctor and make an appointment to have your dog checked out properly. Your pet is your companion and needs to be treated with kindness and respect. Remember, you could save your dog’s life by paying close attention to their health and any symptoms you might notice right away. Please, pay close attention to your loving companions.