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Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry Eye Syndrome in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $20 to $55 per month for ongoing medication

What it is: Also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KSC), this condition occurs when a dog is unable to produce a sufficient amount of tears to properly lubricate the eye. A number of causes can lead to the condition, such as immune-mediated adenitis or predisposition of certain breeds.

Symptoms:

  • Excessive blinking
  • Swollen blood vessels in eye
  • Pus or mucus discharge
  • Swelling of tissue around eye
  • Vision loss in severe cases
  • Corneal ulceration

Treatment:  KSC has no cure, but it can be treated with artificial tear replacements, tear stimulants and other forms of lubrication suggested by your vet. Many pet insurance plans cover the cost of diagnosing dry eye syndrome while also covering the cost of any prescription medication.

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Dry Eye Syndrome
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What it is: Also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KSC), this condition occurs when a dog is unable to produce a sufficient amount of tears to properly lubricate the eye.
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  • Graham Kidd

    When I took my new puppy to the vet, he quickly discovered that Skippy had dry eye syndrome. It’s not too bad but I do have to be diligent and make sure I give him eye drops every morning. I do this just before we go out for our morning walk, so I don’t forget.

    Make sure you take any new pet for a thorough check up.

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