Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Sore eyes?

Thursday, February 14, 2019
                                                                                                                                                                       Poor Mali has cat flu, very common in young kittens when they face a new home, new people, and travel. Stress later in life may bring on another bout - or it may not.

Herpesvirus, one of the causes of cat flu, hides in the nerve root behind the eye and comes out when kittens and some older cats are stressed. In mild cases, and particularly when the cat has been vaccinated, they only suffer a few days of a watery eye and sadness.

In severe cases the virus causes ulcers on the eye and occasionally loss of the eye. The eye is squeezed closed and the discharge thickens. The cat may go off her food and hide.

Whether the bout of flu is mild or severe the kitten or cat needs treatment. The eye is painful and the virus makes them feel unwell.

Fight wounds, Chlamydia and Mycoplasma infections, and trauma also cause sore eyes in cats. Any eye disease must be treated promptly to avoid loss of sight or the eye.

We prescribed lubrication drops for Mali's eyes, pain relief and an antibiotic because we suspected a Chlamydial as well as herpesvirus infection. If he has another bout we will consider an antiviral drug as well.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

open day face rub comfortis hole twitching scratching post best cat clinic blood pressure obese sudden blindness hospital ribbon obesity Hill's Metabolic allergy sucking wool fabric urinating on curtains or carpet string petting cat fits activity high blood pressure ulcer aspirin kitten bed blood bladder enteritis thirsty snakes poisons corneal ulcer appointment train restless kittens gifts paralysed cat history home sensitive stomach attack food puzzles microchip fleas yowling feline enteritis kitten deaths intestine old cat fireworks best veterinarian blindness bladder stones cat friendly scale asthma goodbye tablet pet insurance wool cat fight behaviour change advantage breeder introduction panleukopaenia odour ulcers spey free learning behaviour slow cryptococcosis snuffles diarrhoea drinking a lot unwell marking IBD whiskers runny eyes rolls tapeworm roundworm blood test hyperthyroidism scratch pain killer worms prey herpesvirus FIV pancreatitis thyroid signs of pain cognitive dysfunction painful snuffle African wild cat furballs sensitive cta fight arthritis hunting aggressive lymphoma training hunched over flea treatment computer skin decision to euthanase hiding best clinic pheromone rigid head stress dymadon mental health of cats fever indoor cats health check kitten play cat vet mycoplasma new year panamax skin cancer depomedrol brown snake holiday heavy breathing pet pica toxic panleukopenia check-up lick vision change echocardiography wet litter dental treatment lily feliway hard faeces salivation bad breath visit aggression foreign body pill desexing open night catoberfest feline herpesvirus cystitis fear xylitol dental check groom vomiting weight eyes lame vomit lilly christmas return home paralysis tick cat behaviour prednisolone ulcerated nose poisonous plants snot jumping collapse teeth inflammatory bowel disease cat flu annual check blue hunter hungry antibiotics heart disease off food chlamydia changed hyperactive stiff thiamine deficiency carrier flu urinating outside litter revolution cat enclosures weight control unsociable insulin grass best vet appetite strange behaviour paralysis tumour antiviral biopsy worming eye infection blind diuretics seizures skinny poison fight stare into space furball nails bump touch liver poisoning desex panadol blood in urine hypertension moving in season permethrin mince snake wobbles plants socialisation pet meat anaemia toxins nose scabs sore crytococcosus gasping dementia adipokines vet visit sneeze constipation aerokat cat sun kidneys conflict cancer kidney eye ulcer cranky FORLS cat worms eye kidney disease senior flea prevention cage radioactive iodine sore ears rub massage senses panadeine mass holes hypertrophic cardiomyopathy urine ACT hearing vocal award poisonous castration old sense of smell competition diabetes hunters cat containment anxiety fat sick cat introductions urine spraying photo competition noisy breathing birthday snakebite euthanasia vaccination lilies meows a lot introduce virus plaque cat enclosure litter box blockage Canberra Cat Vet pain relief spraying kibble rough play abscess spray headache renal disease AIDS lump tick breathing difficult grooming love dental abscess,cat fight new kitten hairball scratching overweight physical activity tooth urination rash not eating itchy snake bite pain urinating calicivirus fluid pills pred straining tartar litter dry food opening hours bite weight loss runny nose mouth breathing Canberra diet sore eyes new cat sick blocked cat polish exercise introducing tradesmen holes in teeth client night cough head information night heaing on heat paracetamol enemies checkup allergy, holidays New Year's Eve vaccine dilated pupils when to go to vet cortisone body language drinking more

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions