There are a number of conditions with the eyes that can affect the well-being and safety of your dog or cat. Any pet is susceptible to eye problems but those with flatter faces such as Pugs, Boxers, Persians, and Himalayans are more at risk.
Many dogs have a condition called KCS or “dry eye”. This is a chronic and very serious condition as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. You may see a lot of yellow or sticky discharge on the eyeball and eyelids that is difficult to clean off and comes back frequently. The corneal surface will become dull and dry and then a dark pigment may form. That pigment can lead to total or partial blindness. You must visit your veterinarian when you notice this condition occurring, follow the treatment directions and be very diligent with your home care.
To clean the eyes on a daily basis, I use iLid and Lash gel to soften the crusts around the eye which makes it very easy to remove. Look for any hairs protruding into the eye. It is very important to keep hair off of the corneas (surface of the eye). If you cannot safely trim the hair around the eyes, take your pet to the groomer or your veterinarian for this task. If the condition worsens, your vet may refer you to a Board Certified Ophthalmologist.
Dr. Jo Anne Carey, co-founder of Takoma Park Animal Clinic, has been serving the community with quality veterinary services and house calls since 1988. The practice is conveniently located at 7330 Carroll Ave., Tacoma Park, MD 20912.
Open seven days a week – 301 – 270 – 4700.
by Dr. Jo Anne Carey, co-founder of Takoma Park Animal Clinic