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Category: eye disease

It is normally quite straightforward to recognise that there is something wrong with your pet’s eyes. In most diseases that affect the eye, the eye will look sore or there will be excessive discharge. If your pet has a reddened or runny eye, is blinking a lot or pawing at its face then an early trip to the vet is advisable.

Eye problems can be caused by a foreign body in the eye – often a grass seed or piece of dirt; a scratch on the eye caused by a cat’s claw or running into a twig; or a simple eye infection. To work out what is wrong with the eye your vet will need to examine it carefully. Any foreign material in the eye can be removed and it is likely that your pet will need some eye drops or cream for a few days afterwards.

Blindness is not commonly recognised in pets and if your pet is only blind in one eye they may compensate well and show no signs. However if an animal has gone suddenly blind in both eyes this will be easy to recognise as they will be bumping into obstacles and may appear disorientated or frightened and be unwilling to move. Animals in which blindness has developed more slowly may adapt much better and often vision can be very poor without owners realising there is anything wrong with their pets.

If you suspect any problems with your pet’s eye you should make an appointment with your vet. Sore eyes can deteriorate very rapidly and urgent attention may be required to prevent further or permanent damage to the eye.

Progessive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

There are many causes of blindness in dogs and if you suspect that your dog's eyesight is deteriorating you should contact your vet immediately. Some of the causes of blindness can be treated and vision can be retained. Sadly, other

Eye Medication: How To Give To Your Dog

Eye problems in dogs are quite common. Tears quickly wash out any treatment put in the eye so eye drops need to be given several times a day. This means you will have to learn how to give the treatment

'Dry Eye' (Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca)

If your dog has recurrent problems with their eyes or has a sticky discharge that does not seem to go away you should contact your vet. It may be that they have a problem with tear production in the eyes.

Corneal Ulcers – A Sore Eye

The basic structure of a dog's eye is much the same as a human's eye. Consequently dogs can suffer a similar range of eye diseases to humans. Because the eye is complicated, delicate and easily damaged, all eye problems require

Conjunctivitis In Dogs

If your dog has a sore or red eye, or there is discharge from the eye, then it is important to contact your vet. Your dog may have an infection in the eye, but a discharge can also be caused

Cataracts In Dogs

Cataract is a disease of the lens of the eye in which the normally clear lens becomes opaque or white. This interferes with vision and can result in blindness. Many owners confuse a less serious problem of older dogs eyes

BVA-KC-ISDS Eye Testing Scheme

The BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme is a joint scheme between the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the Kennel Club (KC) and the International Sheepdog Society (ISDS). It was first set-up to help eradicate progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and Collie eye anomaly (CEA)

Blindness in dogs

Some causes of blindness in dogs, such as cataracts, are treatable. Other causes, such as progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), are not. If there is any doubt as to whether the blindness is treatable, then referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist is