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    8. It’s in the Genes

    Do a little research and find out if your dog’s breed is predisposed toward eye conditions, such as glaucoma or progressive retinal atrophy. Of course, your pet should have his eyes checked on annual vet visits, but knowing about possible inherited problems will help you take important precautions.

    9. Eye-Catching Behavior

    Watch your pooch’s body language-pawing or rubbing his eye area may alert you to possible problems.

    10. Know Thy Eye Disorders

    The following eye-related disorders are commonly seen in dogs:

    • Conjunctivitis : One or both of your dog’s eyes will look red and swollen, and there may be discharge.
    • Dry Eye : Diminished tear production can cause corneal inflammation, squinting and discharge.
    • Cherry Eye : An enlarged tear gland forms a cherry-like mass on the dog's eye.
    • Epiphora: An overflow of tears creates stains on the dog’s facial fur.
    • Glaucoma: The cornea becomes cloudy and the eye enlarges due to an increased pressure in the eyeball.
    • Ectropion: A turning outward of the upper eyelid causes the lower lid to droop.
    • Entropion: A rolling in of the eyelid causes discharge and tearing.
    • Cataract: An opacity on the lens of the eye can cause impaired vision and possible blindness.
    • Progressive Retinal Atrophy: Caused by degeneration of retinal tissue-night blindness is often its first sign.


    WebMD Veterinary Reference from ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist

    The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist specializes in the resolution and management of pet behavior problems only. Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk. If you are concerned about the cost of veterinary care, please read our resources on finding financial help.
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