Dry eye is a condition that affects one in three people in their lifetimes and it’s something our pets can suffer from too.
July is Dry Eye Awareness Month and dog owners are being urged to watch their pet’s eyes for the devastating condition that can lead to them going blind.
Trendy breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs with eyes that protrude from the side of the head are more vulnerable, as are Cocker and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Westies, and Pekingese dogs.
Pugs and Pekingeses can’t fully close their eyes meaning the centre dries out, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are born without the gland that produces tear fluid and Cocker Spaniels are prone to an autoimmune disease that attacks the tear gland.
One in five of the vulnerable breeds and five per cent of all dogs suffer with Dry Eye at some stage in their life and worryingly, only 45 per cent of dog owners are even aware of the condition which leads to infections, ulcers and in extreme cases, dogs have had to have their eyes removed.
Owners are advised to see their vet and use Remend eye drops daily if their dog had the condition.
I wrote about Dry Eye and spoke to one owner whose dog lost his eyes for this article for the Sunday People Dog owners urged to check pet’s eyes.
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