A visitor believes her Aussie has eye problems and would like to know what could be causing them.
Visitor's Aussie Has Eye Problems
I have a four-year-old Australian Shepherd. About a year ago he started having red irritated eyes, and his hair started getting very frizzy, dry and coarse. I put eye drops in his eyes every day.
About two months ago, his eyes got very swollen and had a film over them; so I went to the vet and got some eye drops. They looked better in about a week, but they still are irritated and red so I have to keep giving him the eye drops. What would cause this in a dog?
Eye problems are somewhat common in Aussies. I'm surprised your vet didn't investigate the cause of your dog's condition more thoroughly when he prescribed the eye drops.
Here are a few things that cause eye problems in dogs:
- Allergies: Just like people, some dogs cannot tolerate dust, mold spores or pollen, to name a few irritants.
- Conjunctivitis: This can be caused by bacteria transferred to the eyes when a dog rubs them to stop the itching.
- Inherited eye diseases:
- Entropian: This condition causes the eyelids to turn inward and irritate the eyes.
- Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA): This is a degenerative disease of the retina.
- Thyroid disease: This can cause eye problems as well as the coat condition you describe.
The film you saw forming could be an ulceration or even a cataract. If the drops improved the condition it was probably an ulcer.
Since thyroid disease and PRA are both prevalent in Aussies, I recommend you make an appointment with your vet to specifically discuss the recurring eye problems and push for a diagnosis. Then you will know better what course of treatment to pursue.
Best wishes for a happy outcome~~ Kelly