We are joining MSD Animal Health's Dry Eye awareness campaign and offering a free eye tear test with one of our Graduate Clinician vets.  The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of this under diagnosed and very painful condition in dogs.

Dry Eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca, to give it its proper name, affects 1 in every 22 dogs, rising to 1 in 5 for predisposed breeds.  In affected dogs the tear glands stop producing tears, causing painful inflammation to the surface of their eye and the lining of their eyelids.  Not only is the condition very painful but it is irreversible and can cause eventual loss of sight.  With early diagnosis the condition can be managed and their vision can be preserved.

 

Predisposed breeds are:

West Highland White Terrier
Shih Tzu
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
Yorkshire Terrier
Bulldog
English Bull Terrier
Pug
Lhasa Apso
Bloodhound

For these breeds we would recommend yearly screening as standard but especially to look out for signs such as rubbing eyes on furniture, often having sticky eyes or the eye surface sometimes looks dull or even cloudy.

Diagnosis of the condition is done using a simple tear test strip, which is fast and painless for the dog and produces immediate results for the vet.  We are currently offering a free eye tear test with  Roxane Sajus, our Graduate Clinician vet.  This will be done as a standard vet consultation where the eyes will be thoroughly checked and the test perfomed.  The consult can only be used for this purpose, if your dog needs a check for anything else then it would become chargeable at the standard rate.

To book your dog in for a free 'dry eye' tear test please phone our reception team on 01572 722646.