Seeing is Believing
One in 22 dogs suffers from Dry Eye, a painful condition that could lead to permanent blindness if untreated.1 Often, by the time you see the signs, it might be too late to reverse damage caused to your dog’s eye.
Dry Eye is especially common in middle aged to older dogs, dogs with diabetes or hyperthyroidism, dogs treated with certain antibiotics and those with a history of canine distemper or eye infections. Certain popular breeds are more prone to Dry Eye than others and should be tested regularly, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, West Highland White Terrier, Shih Tzu, Cocker Spaniel, Pekingese, Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Pug and Bulldog.
The Schirmer tear test used to diagnose Dry Eye is easy, and can be done in the blink of an eye. If you feel your dog could be at risk, or notice frequent eye irritation, ask your veterinarian to test your dog. With early intervention and proper management of Dry Eye, your dog will see many more happy days with you.
1 Pierce VE, Harmer, EJ, Williams DL. Proceedings of the 49th BSAVA Annual Congress, Birmingham, UK, 20-23 April 2006. P. 561.