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Anterior Uveitis in Cats

By: Dr. Jennifer Welser

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Proper medication administration is essential. Cats with anterior uveitis may need frequent medicating, such as drops to the eyes four times daily, and this can be difficult with our busy schedules. Speak to your veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist to work out a good plan.

Since pets can't vocalize their problems, noticing even mild behavioral changes can be a sign that there is systemic disease and not just eye disease. Cats that aren't feeling well may stop eating or drinking, may hide under furniture, may not let you pet them, may act depressed, or may sleep more than usual.

Become comfortable looking at your pet's eyes. Inflammation inside of the eye can rapidly change and lead to secondary disease like glaucoma, so it is important to be able to recognize and to describe to your veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist what has changed. Frequent rechecks are generally necessary to determine a cause, adjust medications and monitor progression of the disease.

See your veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice a change in the eye, such as the eye looking red and irritated, or if the cat is squinting and holding the eye closed, or if your cat is scratching at it.

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