Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry Eye In Dogs

Dry eye is a condition seen in dogs, usually as they get older

The symptoms are red and inflamed eyes and recurrent discharge from the eye. The discharge is thick and sticky and tends to collect in the corner of the eye. Dogs often rub or paw at the eyes as they feel dry and gritty. Dry eye results from either inadequate tear production or poor quality tears.

It is diagnosed using a non invasive Schirmer Tear Test which is a special litmus paper strip that measures the amount of tears produced in 1 minute. If Dry Eye is confirmed the treatment involves using a special ointment twice daily in the eye to stimulate tear production. Unfortunately in the majority of cases Dry Eye is not curable but are well managed on medication. Please ask us to test your pet’s tear production next time you visit the Vet for a check up.