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The Sweet Dog with Sore Eyes

Sweet and little Rosie was brought into our care by our animal ambulance. She was found filthy with her eyes crusted over and glued shut. The poor little dog couldn’t open her eyes, let alone see out of them!

The fur on Rosie's eyes had become tangled and dried up by a thick crusty discharge. The condition causing this extreme discomfort is called Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS), more commonly known as the Dry Eye Syndrome, KCS is a chronic condition of the eye. It is caused by inadequate tears being available to allow lubrication of the eye which left untreated will damage the cornea of the eye causing pain and eventual loss of vision.

Rosie’s condition is a classic example of what happens when dry eye is left untreated. Rosie had developed painful ulcers on her right cornea and both eyes were red and inflamed. Our Vet immediately gave Rosie some pain relief to ease her discomfort before prescribing two different types of eye drops, and eventually her eyes were back to normal.

While this condition is most commonly caused by the animal’s own immune system and at times cannot be prevented, there are ways to help relieve the symptoms.

The following tips may help you diagnose and manage this condition in your dog:   

  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) is more common in certain breeds (shih-tzus, bulldogs, and cocker spaniels to name a few). If your dog is of a KCS prone breed it is important that you keep your dog’s eyes as clean as possible at all times by gently wiping away any visible discharge.  
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s eyes; If your dog is displaying any of the following symptoms you should take them to the vet for diagnosis and treatment: Excessive blinking, Swelling of tissue or vessels in or around the eye, Discharge or mucus from the eye.
  • If diagnosed, your dog will likely require medicated drops which will be prescribed by your vet. There are also certain natural drops and supplements which may assist in keeping your dog’s eyes healthy and lubricated –ask your vet if these may be helpful for your dog.

For more pet care tips check out our animal care advice section.

Ana Avner
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