Cost of Treatment: $350 – $1000
What is Lacrimal Duct Atresia in Dogs?
The lacrimal or tear duct is the structure that empties tears within the nasal cavity. Tear duct atresia refers to a condition where the opening of this duct does not form. The blocked tear duct does not allow the draining of tears to the nasal cavity and results in excessive eye discharge.
Which Dog Breeds Are Most Commonly Affected by Lacrimal Duct Atresia?
- Miniature Poodle
- Standard Poodle
- Toy Poodle
- Golden retrievers
- American Cocker Spaniels
Symptoms of Lacrimal Duct Atresia in Dogs
- Excessive tear production
- Eye discharge
- Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva)
Treatment of Lacrimal Duct Atresia in Dogs
Therapy in dogs consists of surgically opening the blocked orifice and maintaining patency by catheterization for several weeks during healing.