Dry Eye Awareness Month

July is Dry Eye Awareness Month. Also known as Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), dry eye affects around 1 in 22 dogs and can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated. What is dry eye? The disease is caused by the body mounting an immune response against the tear glands, reducing and eventually stopping tear production altogether.  In the early stages of the disease there may be no obvious problem, however later stages will lead to signs such as: red, inflamed eyes thick discharge from the eyes eye pain (the dog may hold the eyes shut or rub at the eyes) dark pigmentation of the surface of the eye blindness Which dogs… Read More

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