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Find out what’s causing your dog to have red eyes

Our pet’s eyes are the window to their world so it’s important that they remain healthy. Red eye, also known as conjunctivitis, in dog’s can be caused by a wide range of issues, ranging from routine irritation to a serious underlying health condition.

In all instances, if your pet has red eye, you should book a consultation. Luckily, Knutsford Vets have a range of high tech equipment and special veterinary expertise that will help you find the cause so we can get your pet’s eyes on the mend.

Potential causes include: –

  • Eye injury or trauma, caused from a brush with an object
  • Infection of the eye
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Uveitis
  • Corneal ulcers

Specialist equipment

We’ve invested in high tech equipment that allows us to treat and diagnose a variety of eye conditions. In addition, we also have on site testing equipment allowing us to provide you with answers to your pet’s health concerns in double quick time so that they can get the treatment they require.

This means we’re the perfect vets to help manage your pets long term eye concerns or help offer a vital second opinion.

No need for referral

Did you know clients can book a referral or second opinion direct with us at Knutsford Veterinary Surgery? Simply click on the “Book an Appointment” link below. We’ll take care of the rest. This means you can gain complete peace of mind when it comes to treating your pet’s eye conditions.

Dr Paul Adams – GP Cert(Ophthal)

Lead vet Paul Adams holds the ESVPS Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology which means he has extensive further training and experience in this field.

Dog Eye Conditions

Your team at Knutsford Vets can diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of long and short term eye problems.


Conjunctivitis is the term used to describe inflammation of tissues in the eyelids and the white of the eye. It can occur in both cats and dogs, usually leading to redness of the eye, swollen eyelids and irritation which may lead to your pet pawing or scratching the eyes.

Conjunctivitis can be caused by a number of conditions ranging from a simple infection to more sinister underlying health issues. Luckily your team at Knutsford Vets will help you get to the bottom of it.

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Conjunctivitis in dogs

Drooping eyelids

Drooping eyelids can occur in many dogs that have loose facial skin and if left untreated it can lead to more serious conditions affecting the eyes themselves. As dogs get older their facial skin can droop to a point where the lower eyelid is exposed leading to poor tear distribution.

Over time this can cause a number of serious eye conditions and lead to loss of vision. Your team at Knutsford Vets can perform surgical procedures that help manage and fix drooping eyelids.

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Eye injuries

Our cats and dogs can often pick up troubling eye injuries and it’s important that they see a vet to avoid infection or further damage. We can help manage those injuries and avoid the risk of infection so that your pet is on the mend in no time.

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Corneal ulcers

Ulceration of the cornea (the clear bit of the eye) can occur in dogs and it’s extremely painful. It’s often caused by trauma or injury, but may also be caused by an underlying health condition. We can help you treat the condition and help you diagnose the cause if it’s not clearly evident.

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Canine glaucoma

Glaucoma is a condition in which there is increased fluid pressure within the eyes, as a result of the fluid produced in the eye not draining properly. If the condition becomes chronic or is untreated for a long period of time it can cause optic nerve damage eventually leading to blindness in the affected eye(s). Early treatment and management are essential to keep your dog’s site healthy for as long as possible and that’s where Knutsford Vets can help.

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Uveitis is an eye condition occurring in pets that is commonly caused by medical issues elsewhere in the body. It can be diagnosed through a full investigation of the eye alongside a more thorough examination of the pet’s overall health. Symptoms may include noticeable changes to the middle eye as well as a heightened sensitivity to light. It’s important the cause is identified as uveitis can cause blindness.

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