If your husky has red eyes, then just like in people it can often be a sign that something is wrong. However, unlike people, they can’t explain exactly where the pain is, or what’s irritating them.
This article will explain what the different causes of red eyes in huskies are, and what you’ll need to do to help them! But most importantly, before anything. If you think that there is something wrong with your huskies eyes, you should take them to the vet ASAP. As some problems that are left untreated can get worse.
What Causes Your Husky To Have Red Eyes, And What To Do About It!
There are so many things that can cause your husky to have red eyes, so knowing the different causes can often save you a lot of time. With that being said here are the main things that can cause a husky to have red eyes and what you can do about it!
Environmental irritants are quite common and they can often hurt your huskies eyes, especially when they’re exploring. Things like pesticides or herbicides that get in their eyes can cause them to go red, but it’s not just them.
Smoke, other chemicals, and even swimming in the sea or swimming pools can all cause your husky’s eyes to go red.
Fortunately, if irritants are the case, they don’t need treatment and they’ll generally resolve themselves quite quickly. With that being said, if you notice that your husky keeps getting red eyes from going to certain places, you should probably avoid taking them there in the future!
As well as irritants in the environment, allergies are often another cause of red eyes in huskies. Food allergies and environmental allergies are the most common. So once again, check when your huskies red eyes occur. If they occur after they’ve eaten something or been somewhere then it could be allergies.
When trying to decipher whether it’s allergies or not, there are a lot of other symptoms you can look for as well. Here are the following symptoms you should also look for.
- Scratching or itching. Not just their eyes but the rest of their body as well.
- Inflammation and redness in the eyes and other areas of their body.
- In severe cases, you may notice that your husky begins to lose the hair around their eyes as well.
(Have you ever wondered whether huskies shed a lot?)
If your husky has red eyes and you think it’s caused by allergies then the best course of action is to take them to the vets. Your vet will be able to help figure out what the cause of the allergy is, and what you can do to stop it from flaring up again.
Even if the allergy seems mild it’s still best to take them to the vets as they’re still going to be able to show you many solutions.
Entropion is a problem that normally occurs during the first couple of years of your huskies life. If your husky is suffering from entropion you’ll notice that their lower eyelid rolls into their eye. This can cause them a lot of pain as the hair is going to rub on their eyeball.
If your german shepherd has entropion, it’s not just red eyes that they’re going to suffer from. As well as having a red eye, you’ll also notice that they may spend a lot of their time squinting, or shutting their eye completely.
It’s extremely important you take your husky to the vet if they’re suffering from entropion as it can lead to corneal scarring and long term vision problems.
If your husky is suffering from entropion, then the only option is to take them to the vets to have surgery performed. When the surgery is performed, your vet will remove a portion of their eyelid to stop it rubbing. However, sometimes another surgery is required as the eyelid can roll out the other way.
In most cases, your vet won’t recommend surgery for this problem until your husky is at least 6 months old. Fortunately though, with treatment your huskies eyes will heal fully and they’ll be able to live happily.
However, don’t let this make you postpone how quickly you get your husky treated. It’s an extremely painful condition that should be treated as soon as possible.
Another common problem that can cause a huskies eye to become red is cherry eye. Cherry eye occurs when the tear gland in their eye prolapses and you’ll notice a red mass coming from the corner of their eyes.
While the condition won’t be painful, being constantly exposed to the open air can dry it out, and cause it to become irritated. If left untreated, cherry eye can lead to other more serious problems such as dry eye, conjunctivitis, and corneal ulcers.
Once again, if your husky is suffering from cherry eye, then you’ll need to take them to the vet so that surgery can be performed. It’s vital that you make sure your dogs cherry eye is treated so that it doesn’t become a more serious condition.
As you know huskies are extremely boisterous dogs, and because of this, it’s entirely possible that they may end up damaging their eyes at some point. If they scratch their cornea then occasionally they’ll end up suffering from a corneal ulceration.
This is when the cornea suffers from a bacterial infection that begins to dissolve it.
If you think that your husky is suffering from a corneal ulceration you may notice that they begin squinting, scratching their eye and there could potentially be a mucky discharge.
There are a number of different treatments offered when your dog is suffering from a corneal ulcer. Before anything though, make sure you take your dog to the vet so they can recommend the best treatment.
When the corneal ulcer is only mild, your vet may recommend leaving the ulcer and letting it heal on it’s own. This will normally take between 3-10 days.
If the ulcer is more severe, your vet may recommend antibiotic eye drops to help prevent the infection from getting worse. And in the worst-case scenario, the ulcer may need to be operated on to be removed.
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Crystalline Corneal Dystrophy
Crystalline corneal dystrophy is inherited and it’s most likely going to occur in the first couple of years of your dogs life. It can be passed down from their parents, even if they themselves didn’t have it because it is a recessive gene. Fortunately though, in most cases, once a husky is known to carry this gene, they won’t be bred.
While in most cases, crystalline corneal dystrophy is going to be fine, it can cause corneal ulcers, which as you know, can be quite painful.
In most cases, because crystalline corneal dystrophy isn’t likely to cause pain treatment isn’t usually required. With that being said, you should take them to a vet to make sure you’re getting advice tailored to your husky.
Crytalline corneral dystrophy is related to fat processing within the body. Because of this, your bet may recommend that you change their diet. Often a low-fat diet with high-fiber content is going to be effectiv at reducing the severity of this illness.
The only time treatment may be recommended is when your husky is i discomfort. When this is the case, topical acid treatment will be the treatment of choice.
Dry eye is when the cornea of your huskies eye becomes dry, which then causes inflammation. Fortunately it’s quite uncommon, occurring in 1 out of 100 dogs. As well as this, it’s most likely to occur when your dog hits middle age.
Not only is a dry eye going to cause inflammation, but it can also increase the chance of your huskies eyes becoming effective. Without fluid, the eyes can’t clean themselves properly.
If your husky has dry eye, not only will you notice that their eyes are red, but you may also notice a yellow discharge coming from their eyes, frequent blinking, and keeping the eye closed as well.
If your husky is suffering from dry eye then your vet will often recommend a drug that will need to be administered daily. As well as this, you may also need to give your pup antibiotics or an anti-inflammatory as well.
In lively dogs like huskies, trauma to the eye is likely. Especially when they’re doing something they shouldn’t be. Typically trauma will have a number of symptoms such as reddening around the eyes, eyelids, sclera (white part of the eyeball), as well as tears constantly watering, and squinting as well.
How Is Trauma Treated?
In most cases, trauma should just clear up on it’s own. However, if you notice that your huskies eyes haven’t recovered after 12-24 hours then you should take them to a vet to make sure nothing more serious has happened to their eye.
Conjunctivitis isn’t caused by one thing, but is actually an infection in a part of the eye called the eye conjunctiva (the membrane which covers the eyeball).
If you think your husky has conjunctivitis then there are a couple of symptoms. As well as having an eye which might be red or pink, you may also notice a green discharge, as well as swelling, blinking ad squinting.
You may think conjunctivitis isn’t a big deal, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. When left untreated it can cause permanent eye damage. So make sure you’re taking your pup to the vet the moment you spot it!
When you take them, your vet will most likely give you anti-biotics to cure them. If they think there’s another cause though, then of course the treatment will vary. If they think it’s been caused by an allergy then they’ll prescribe antihistamines, and if they think a foreign object has caused it then they may need to perform surgery.
Glaucoma is extremely serious an if you think your husky has it, you should seek out the advice of a vet immediately. It’s when fluid in the eye doesn’t drain properly. If left untreated, it can damage the optic nerve in your dogs eye and even blind them.
A husky suffering from glaucoma may exhibit a few symptoms including redness of the white part of their eye, blinking, cloudy appearance, vision loss, and the eyeball receding into their head.
If your pup is suffering from glaucoma then the most likely treatment for them is going to be drugs that decrease pressure within their eye, reducing the chance of damage. However, this is only the case when glaucoma is caught early enough. If the optic nerve has already been damaged, due to glaucoma going unnoticed, then the only option may be to remove your Huskies’ eyes.
Uveitis is inflammation that occurs across your dogs whole eye, however, fortunately, it’s not super common. It’s normally the result of an infection or disease, and it’s going to be very painful for your pup. As well as having a red eye, you may also notice your husky avoids bright lights, squints, or doesn’t like their eye being touched.
The treatment of uveitis will all depend on the cause. And because there are so many different causes your best choice is to let your vet figure out the best cause of action for your pup!
What Else Can Cause Red Eye In Huskies?
As well as all of the above, some other common causes of red eye in huskies include diabetes, hyperthyroidism and some forms of cancer. However, don’t panic right away, you should try to wait 12-24 hours before taking your husky to the vet if they have red eye. Unless the red eye is severe.
What Other Symptoms Can Be A Sign That Something Is Wrong With Your Husky?
Redness isn’t the only sign of something wrong in your pups eyes. As well as redness, you should try keeping an eye on the following symptoms as well.
- Mucus discharge
- Excessive blinking
- Constant eye rubbing
- Scratches and scars on the cornea
- Foreign objects stuck in the eye
- Green or yellow discharge coming from the eye.
How To Keep Your Dog’s Eyes Healthy
The chances are at some point, your dogs eyes are going to become irritated. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do for your husky to reduce the chances of their eyes getting harmed. Here are some great preventative measures you should try!
Trim Any Hair Around Their Eyes
While it’s unlikely in huskies, if you notice that hair is getting into their eyes make sure you get it trimmed. This is going to reduce the chance of the hair irritating their eye or becoming trapped.
Keep Their Eyes Clean
When you notice your husky has gunk, dirt or grime around their eyes you should make sure you try to keep their eyes clean. Use a damp cloth to gently wipe from the corner of their eye to the outside of their eye, making sure you don’t touch their eye ball.
Don’t Let Them Stick Their Head Out The Window
One of the biggest causes of eye damage and infection in dogs is letting them stick their head out of the car window. When you do this, it’s MUCH more likely that a foreign object is going to cause damage to their eye and even get stuck.
If your dog loves sticking their head out the window, it is possible to by them goggles to keep their eyes safe.
Keep An Eye On Them
Make sure you’re paying attention to your pup and look for any changes in their eyes and body and behavior in general. This is one of the best ways to spot when something is wrong with your pup. And the earlier your spot it, the more likely it is you’ll be able to treat it fast!
Make Sure They’re Getting Check Ups
Lastly, make sure that your pup is getting check ups from the vet! Generally speaking it should be once a year for younger dogs, and twice a year for older dogs.
Now you know all the reasons your husky may end up having a red eye. The key to making sure the damage isn’t permanent is by spotting it early and getting it treated early. While in most cases, it’s probably going to be nothing, you can never be too careful!
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