Most Common Eye Conditions in Dogs

Eye infections and trauma are among the most common eye conditions dog owners may cope with.

Posted: December 24, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

Conjunctivitis (eye infections) and corneal ulcers top the list of pets’ most common eye conditions in both dogs and cats, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance. VPI received 21,524 claims for eye conditions in 2006, which accounts for about 4.5 percent of all medical claims the company receives.

Veterinary treatment for the average eye condition costs $156 for dog owners and $130 for cat owners.

The 10 most common eye claims for dogs are:

  1. Conjunctivitis
  2. Corneal Ulcer
  3. Keratitis (dry eyes)
  4. Trauma
  5. Tumors
  6. Internal Inflammation
  7. Senior Cataract
  8. Glandular Cyst
  9. Plugged Tear Duct
  10. External Inflammation

“Pet owners should regularly assess their pet’s eyes,” said Dr. Carol McConnell, vice president and chief veterinary medical officer for VPI. “An animal’s eyes should be clear, shiny and free of discharge. The tissue surrounding the eyes should be light pink in color. If the eyes appear dry, red, hazy, or produce excessive discharge, it is important to have your pet examined by a veterinarian.”

In dogs, the most common cause of eye trauma is face-first collisions with tree branches. Eye trauma is also common when pets play or fight with other pets, and when they are bathed with eye-irritating shampoos.


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Leslie - 233329   Lakeside, AZ

5/5/2013 6:24:11 PM

Good information. thanks

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Art   Surprise, AZ

10/24/2010 3:08:12 AM

My German Shepherd has pain either in her jaw or teeth as exhibited by yelping when biting something solid. She also has an eye that has veered off looking towards the back of her head. The eye is bloodshot. She is exhibiting an allergic or sinus type clearing of her nasal passage on occasion. She has unreliable stool production, meaning it is good, then it is soft or liquid then good etc. She is not regular. This ll occurred after returning from a stay at a kennel. But prior to going to the kennel she lost a great deal of hair where you could easily see her skin it was so thin but did not develop any patches of open skin. My local veterinarian is unable to diagnose the symptoms. My research on the internet suggests an auto-immune disease problem with Demodicosis, Pancreatitis and Pannus being three things that seem to describe her symptoms. I'm still looking for the eye and jaw/teeth symptoms to see what if anything these could be related. Anyone out there that can help me? Bella is 3 years old.

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tami   st joe, MO

9/14/2010 5:55:15 AM

I was wondering my Jack Russell is two yrs old very active, when we throw food like we would a ball he runs to get it but he can't find it or if Im setting in the dark he will walk right past me. could their be a problem with his sight or something wrong with his nose.

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carrotwife   prosser, WA

12/4/2009 9:32:06 PM

my puppy has Amblyopia "Lazy eye" What can I do to treat it or help her from going blind in one eye?

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