Dry Eye in Dogs

January is Dry Eye Awareness Month.

This is one of the most common eye problems in dogs and can quickly be diagnosed with a 60-second test.

If you have any concerns about your dogs eyes or have identified any of the symptoms below. Do call us and we can chat through any concerns you may have. We are offering Free Schirmer Tests this month while stocks last.

What is Dry Eye?

Dry Eye is caused by destruction of the tear glands by your dog’s own immune system. This means that too few natural tears are produced.
It occurs in 1 in 22 dogs

 

What breeds of dog are susceptible to Dry Eye

All breeds of dogs can develop Dry Eye at any age, but some are more prone to the condition. Breeds of dog particularly susceptible to Dry Eye include:

English Cocker Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Shih-Tzu
Other breeds include the Yorkshire Terrier, Bulldog, Pekingese, Pug and Lhasa Apso.

7 symptoms to look out for in your pet.

🐾 Uncomfortable eyes – your dog may blink excessively, rub the eyes or hold the eyes closed
🐾 Eyes red and inflamed
🐾 Discharge from the eyes
🐾 Dry looking eyes
🐾 Frequent conjunctivitis, eye infections or corneal ulcers
🐾 Dark pigment on the surface of the eyes
🐾 Prominent blood vessels on the surface of the eyes