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Dogs and Dry Eyes

Did you know that dogs can have dry eyes? For some dogs their dry eyes are seasonal. This usually indicates that the dry eyes occur as the result of allergies or changes in the environment (i.e. temperature change, pollen in the air, or even smoke from fires). You may notice that your dog blinks a lot or that his eyes seem to be red or irritated a lot. Give your vet a call and schedule an exam as this could be due to dry eyes. Dry eye is actually a medical condition that is known as Keratoconjunctivitis sicca or KCCS. There can be other causes as well including immune-mediated disease, systemic diseases such as canine distemper virus, medications, or hypothyroidism. Breeds that are more prone to these conditions include Cocker Spaniel, Bloodhound, Boston terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, English bulldog, English springer spaniel, etc.  Click to learn more from your vet Dahlonega, GA.

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