Dry Eye in Pets
Your dog could be suffering from Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or Dry Eye.
This is a condition where the tear producing glands produce less tears than they should and as a result the lubrication effect of the tears is lost.
This causes eyes to be red, sore and inflamed – a condition known as conjunctivitis.
Certain breeds are more prone to this condition than other e.g. West Highland White Terriers, Cavalier King Charles, English Cocker Spaniels to name a few.
This is a painful condition that can lead to permanent damage to the cornea, the transparent surface of the eye.
It is easily diagnosed by you vet by placing a painless measuring strip of paper under the lower eyelid to measure tear production. Dry Eye is a life long condition, so your dog will need lubrication with an ointment to improve tear production. This will improve the health of your dog’s eyes.
If you have any questions about Dry Eye, please contact us.