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Features August 2017 Issue

Best Case Scenario: Not a Dry Eye in the House for dogs

Dry eye in its early stages.

Best Case Scenario: Not a Dry Eye in the House for dogs

Dry eye not only can make a dog very uncomfortable. It can also impair vision. Here's how to treat this not uncommon problem.

Gloria Mooney is worried. Her dog, Sparky, all of a sudden began to have trouble opening his eyes. It was not completely out of the blue. Weeks earlier, he had what she calls a skin breakout, with ulcers (open sores) appearing all over his body, including inside his mouth, his nostrils, eyes, and so on. Those areas were breaking and failing to heal. Sparky’s veterinarian assumed some kind of allergy was responsible for the problem and prescribed steroids and other medications, which cleared up the open wounds everywhere but in the corneas of Sparky’s eyes. The cornea is the clear outer surface of the eye, and problems there are serious. The cornea accounts for more than two thirds of the eye’s optical power.

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