Keeping an Eye on Your Dog’s Vision
When it comes to your dog’s health, you need to keep a good eye out so you can notice any changes that develop over time to make sure your dog’s eyes are in good shape. Eye conditions can develop suddenly or progress over time. The warning signs can be subtle or obvious. Regularly looking over your dog’s eyes and staying on track with annual checkups with your veterinarian are key.
Things to look for when inspecting your dog’s eyes include:
Eye conditions to look out for include:
Dry eye: reduced tear production which can cause irritation and discharge
Glaucoma: cloudy cornea caused by pressure in the eyeball
Cataract: opaque lens that can impair vision
Ectropion: the upper eyelid turns outward causing the lower lid to droop
Entropion: the eyelid rolls inward causing discharge and discomfort
Third eyelid prolapse: the third lid underneath becomes swollen and exposed
Retinal atrophy: degeneration of the retina impairing vision
Epiphora: excessive tears leaving stains on the facial fur
Conjunctivitis: red and swollen eye(s) often with discharge
Cherry eye: enlarged tear gland forming a mass on the eye
Scratches and other injuries: debris or contact with the eye can result in a scratch or injury with possible swelling or discharge
Remember to regularly inspect your dog’s eyes and take him to the vet. You can also do some research to find out if your dog’s breed is more susceptible to eye conditions. Ask your vet for more information.
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