Conjunctivitis in the American Shorthair

Did you know that cats like the American Shorthair can get conjunctivitis, aka pink eye? The eye infection doesn’t just get passed from human to human. Animals can also get it. Cats typically develop times of pink eye as a result of other illnesses present in their body including the herpesvirus (FHV-1) or chlamydophila. Signs of pink eye or conjunctivitis include red eyes, discharge, pawing or scratching of the eyes, and possibly puffyness or swelling. The eye often looks painful, but it seldom is. Instead, it is extremely itchy. If the cat scratches too much then the infection can worsen which can lead to more itchiness, irritation and painfulness. Your cat will need to see a vet for a diagnosis and treatment. Treatment often comes in the form of antibiotic eye drops and ointments, an eye flush, and even a cold compress for swelling. If your cat has any of the symptoms listed, please call your pet clinic Lake Orion MI.


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