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The Problems Dogs Can Have With Their Eyes

Published on Sunday, September 27, 2015 in Dogs and Puppies

There are many dog breeds that are more prone to getting eye problems than other breeds, but a common eye condition all dogs can get is conjunctivitis. If your dog has swollen, red or weepy eyes, you should have him vet-checked as these are signs that there`s a problem. It could be just allergies but you still need a vet to check your pooch to make sure it is not a more serious problem as it could also be a sign that the dog injured his eye somehow.

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is caused by not having enough fluid in the tear film. The sign of this is a thick mucus showing up as a thin coating over the eye and your vet should be able to diagnose it without doing costly tests. He most likely, will then treat it through a stimulant and an anti-inflammatory medicine.

The German Shepherd can often suffer from what is called superficial keratitis or also known as degenerative pannus, this affects the superficial blood vessels and pigmentation of the dog`s eye. It isn't painful, but it can cause blindness.

Other causes of inflammation of the eye include bacteria, parasites, viruses, dermatitis and neoplasia. It can be brought on by sun, metabolic disease and/or trauma. It depends on how serious it is as to the treatment used.

Cherry Eye is a prolapse of the third eyelid gland and is not serious. Breeds prone to this include the Beagle, Cocker Spaniel and Pekinese and usually this problem requires the removal of the gland.

An eye inflammation called Queratitis specifically involves the cornea. This is caused by a scratch, bacteria or a virus in the eye.  It needs immediate attention or an ulcer may develop and only a vet can give this treatment or there could be more eye damage.

Clean your dog`s eyes daily. Though most dogs produce enough tears to wash out the dirt, the Cocker Spaniel needs help as they don`t produce enough tears to keep their eyes cleaned out.

If you ever have any concernes always check with your vet.


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