Dry eye in dogs
Kerato-Conjunctivitis Sicca (KCS or “dry eye”) can affect many domestic species, but it is most commonly seen in dogs. In a recent study of dogs with eye problems, an amazing 40 percent were diagnosed with KCS.The condition can occur at any age, but it is most commonly seen in dogs that are between 6 to 10 years of age.
The earliest symptom of “dry eye” is conjunctivitis (inflammation of the inner eyelids). Frequently, this inflammation seems to respond to antibiotic drops, but quickly returns when the course is finished. A the condition progresses, your dog may begin to develop thick mucus in his or her eyes, which may be noticeable on the surface of the eye. This mucus may move as your dog blinks, or build up at the bottom of the eye near the lower lid, and require frequent cleaning.
As KCS progresses, your Doug’s cornea will appear dull, creating a blurred reflection of light under strong lighting conditions. In the later stages of KCS, dogs will often show signs of discomfort by squinting and rubbing their eyes. Corneal ulcers are frequently present at this stage.
If you have noticed any of the above signs in your dog, it is best to have your Dog’s eyes and tear production checked by your veterinarian. If left untreated, KCS can eventually lead to reduced vision and blindness.
* Article was abstracted from The Sunday Times Pet Corner section.