If you own or know an English bulldog, you understand what sweet and dependable pets they can be. Originally bred for working with bulls, this canine can be dogged in their pursuits, but are also known for their congenial temper and laid-back ways. That sweet flat face with all those wrinkles can be detrimental to the health of the eyes however, and this breed is predisposed to common ocular conditions such as entropion (inward rolling eyelid), distichiasis (abnormal eyelashes), cherry eye (prolapsed third eyelid gland), and keratoconjunctivitis sicca, also known as KCS or dry eye.
Caused by a lack of tear production, KCS often surfaces with cool, dry weather like we are experiencing now, or during allergy season. Left unchecked, it can lead to inflammation, discomfort and increased risks of secondary complications of the eye, such as corneal ulceration and scarring of the ocular surface.
If your English bulldog is showing signs of a red, painful eye with thick ropey discharge, or dried discharge on the eyelashes and eyelids, it’s time for an examination. Most cases of KCS can be managed medically with the use of eye drops to stimulate the tear production and reduce surface inflammation. Without treatment, the low tear production leads to blood vessel ingrowth, scarring and pigment dispersion in the normally clear cornea. Over time, it can result in decreased vision or even loss of vision.
Do you think your pet may have KCS or other ocular concerns?
Please call us today at 757-749-4838. Beginning this month, we’re offering a special wellness exam rate of $65 (a 30% savings) when you book your appointment now through February 26, 2019. When you call, just mention “KCS.” We’re here to help!