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Ask the Vet About Dry Eye (KCS) in Dogs and Cats

Dry Eye (KCS)
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Treatment
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Ask the Vet About Dry Eye (KCS) in Dogs
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Jul 3, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Dry eye treatment

Question:We have adopted a breeder French bulldog that has dry eye. We're sure the one eye is blind. Can it just be removed instead of causing her constant discomfort?

Answer:If the eye is non-visual and causing her pain, it can (and probably should) be removed. Dry Eye is pretty treatable, if caught early enough and only affects the cornea, so the back of her eye may be fine - in other words, have an ophthalmologist assess her eye to determine if her vision (and comfort) are salvageable.

Date: Jun 10, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Ophthalmic Ointment vs. Opthalmic Drops

Question:My Wire Fox Terrior (female), was diagnosed with Dry Eyes, and prescribed Opthalmic Drops 4-6 time daily. I have a problem meeting that treatment regimen because I work 8-10 hr days. Her eyes get filmy buttery discharge in them especially the left eye. Sometimes where she can't open her eye. Question: Would the Ointment be a better choice and last longer in between treatments? If so, which ointment would you recommend for Dry Eyes?

Answer:She must have an infection if you were told to give something that often. Once the infection has gone away, use Optimmune - it is an ointment that is just given once a day (rarely a dog will need it twice a day). Here is a link if you want to read about it. http://www.1800petmeds.com/Optimmune-prod10162.html

Date: Jun 1, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Staining from tearing eyes

Question:My dog is getting stains under his eyes from tearing. Is there something I can use to remove the stains? Regular shampooing DOSEN'T work?

Answer:If it is solely a cosmetic issue, you can do nothing. Having the groomer carefully trim the hair around his eyes can help. The product I have had the most success with over the years is Angel Eyes. Here is a link if you want to read about it: http://www.1800petmeds.com/Angels%27+Eyes+Natural+Tear+Stain+Soft+Chews-prod11566.html

Date: Apr 6, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Degenerit eye disease

Question:My Cockapoo is 9yeras old n I took him to eye vet when I noticed a cataract in his left eye. Turns out he has a degenerit eye disease n is going blind. He percribed eye drops, flurbiprofen, & Lutein eye supplement, only to slow the process down. Its so sad to see my dog trying to find his way around. would u suggest anything else?

Answer:The veterinary ophthalmologist that prescribed all of those medications is more than likely board certified in ophthalmology, so he/she can definitely give you better advice than I can but I can't think of anything you could add at this point.

Date: Mar 10, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Third eyelid

Question:My golden retriever was recently diagnosed with dry eye. Usually when I brought her in they said it was just allergies. She was put on cyclosporine but her third eyelid in both eyes is always showing and very red. Usually it's redder after she's been outside running around playing with the other dogs. Her eyes still seem to bother her a bit too, she's rubbing her face on the floor etc. Is the third eyelid being so red still after being on these drops for a few months normal? I dont know what else can be done.

Answer:I would have your veterinarian recheck her - she may have dry eye and allergic conjunctivitis. The latter would respond better to a different medication. (But don't take her off of her cyclosporine - dog's with dry eye usually need that long term)

Date: Feb 11, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Sticky eyes

Question:She has what looks like an ulcerated eye but below the eye and on her cheek seems to have swollen

Answer:It's hard for me to figure out what's going on from that description, but I don't like taking chances with eyes - better to have your veterinarian check her out. Eye ulcers can be pretty painful so the sooner the better.

Date: Jan 31, 2017
Category: Dry Eye
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: treatment for dry eye

Question:my shih-tzu has been diagnosed with dry eye in one eye per the Schirmer tear test. I am being told that she will need to use cyclosporin drops for life now. Can I treat with an OTC product first or should I just began her on this lifelong treatment? My dog will be 14 this year. She is currently on an eye antibiotic bid.

Answer:Cyclosporin ointment seems to work a lot better than OTC products like artificial tears. You usually only have to do it once a day vs ~3+ times a day with OTC products that still don't work as well. It depends on the severity of her condition as well.


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