Dog Eye Health: The Importance of Regular Examinations

Vision problems occur at any given time making it important that your pet has yearly dog health eye exams. Eye disease is common. Well-known ailments include:

* Cataracts-Cloudy film that covers the lens causing partial and complete blindness. * Cherry Eye-Gland on the third eyelid swells and becomes visible. * Corneal Ulcers- Scratches or cuts on the surface of the eye that often lead to infections. * Entropion-Eyelid rolls inward causing hairs and eyelashes to repeatedly scratch at the delicate corneal surface. * Glaucoma-Elevated fluid levels within the eye that puts pressure on the lens. * Pannus-Tissue develops on the surface of the eye and cornea blocking vision.

Breeds Susceptible to Eye Problems

Many purebred dogs become prone to disease simply because of their genetics. If you own a purebred, you should ensure that dog health eye exams become a yearly routine.

* Cataracts-Prevalent in Cocker Spaniels, Huskies, Labs, Poodles, Retrievers, Schnauzers and terriers. * Cherry Eye-Common in breeds like Beagles, Bulldogs, Cocker Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Poodles and Shih-Tzus. * Entropion-Often develops in Bulldogs, Chows, Retrievers, Rotties and Sharpeis. * Glaucoma-Frequently diagnosed in Basset Hounds, Chows and Cocker Spaniels. * Pannus-Extremely common in Dachshunds, German Shepherds and Greyhounds.

By taking your dog for a yearly dog health eye exam, these diseases are caught early and may be completely preventable. If you veterinarian does not perform eye exams, ask for a recommendation or visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist's website for more information.