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Features February 2020 Issue

Recognizing and Treating Dry Eye

Critical to his good vision is an invisible film of tears that covers his cornea.

Recognizing and Treating Dry Eye

Leaving the condition untended can compromise your pet's vision.

Has your dog been squinting more than usual? Is at least one of his eyes red? And is there some mucous discharge from one or both eyes ó not the grey, jelly-like ooze that you can easily wipe away but something thicker and perhaps more yellowish as well as harder to remove? If so, get your dog to the veterinarian. Thereís a reasonable chance he is not producing enough tears and has a condition called dry eye, known in medical circles as kerato-conjunctivitis sicca. Itís a fairly common illness among dogs that can lead to impaired vision if not diagnosed and treated.

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