Feline Eye Infection Treatment

Feline eye infection is a condition that can often be prevented by vaccination. That said, there are other causes of feline eye infections, such as corneal injuries, that cannot be prevented.  Eye infections in cats are generally contracted by contact with an infected cat. Treatment for an eye infection in a cat typically consists of an antibiotic ointment called Terramycin.

Viral Eye Infections
This is the type of eye infection that occurs most commonly in cats. It comes from feline herpesvirus and feline calicivirus. Not only is it terribly contagious, but it usually remains in a cat's system, allowing it to reoccur later and make the cat contagious again. The eye treatment is Terramycin ointment, available from a veterinarian.  

Bacterial Eye Infections
This causes the same symptoms as viral eye infections, which include swelling, pus, discharge and itching. Cats can develop a fever or illness as a result of an ongoing infection. 

Corneal Injuries
An injury to the cornea can be caused by a scratch or other injury. It can also be caused by an infection that isn't properly treated. For corneal injuries, surgery may be required.

If your cat is squinting or the eye has a bluish tint, or if your cat is displaying other symptoms of an infection, get her to a veterinarian immediately. Failure to treat a corneal injury can result in loss of the eye. Usually Terramycin will be used to treat a corneal injury, but examination by a veterinarian is needed to determine if surgery is also necessary.

To prevent feline eye infections, be sure your pet's vaccinations are up to date. Boosters are needed to provide ongoing protection from eye infections, so keep on top your cat's vaccination schedule.

If you have an indoor cat, ask your veterinarian for recommendations on eye infection vaccine. Indoor cats have a lower risk of developing viral eye infections, but they're still susceptible to bacterial infections. If you're bringing a new cat into a home that already has cats, keep it quarantined until after a vet has determined that the new cat is free of infections.

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