How to Recognize & Treat Dog Eye Ulcers

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A dog eye ulcer is usually called a corneal ulcer. A corneal ulcer is an abrasion to the top layer of tissue lining the cornea which is the clear part of the eye. Canine Corneal Ulcers are the third most common eye problem in dogs. Many eye ulcers are caused by trauma from foreign objects like fox tails and seed hulls from grass and weeds that can lodge under the eyelid. Scratches resulting from rough play between new puppies and kittens are also a common cause. Occasionally, bathing and grooming can result in an ulcer. Applying an eye lubricant prior to bathing and grooming helps protect your pet’s eyes from shampoo and hair.

Genetic conditions involving extra eyelashes (Ectopic cilia), inadequate tear production (Dry Eye), and rolled in eyelids (Entropion) also irritate the cornea and can result in ulcers.

Certain dog breeds suffer more than others. Dog breeds with pushed-in noses, and those with big, round eyes that can’t blink very well like Pekinese, Pugs and Shitzu’s are predisposed to Dry Eye. Blinking spreads the tears over the cornea, which keeps it moist and helps prevent ulcer formation.

Eye squinting and tearing are common signs and occur because ulcers are quite painful. Your dog’s eye contains more nerves than any other body part relative to its size which is why the eye pain is so severe.

What Your Vet Can Do

Diagnosis of a pet eye ulcer is confirmed by staining the eye with a dye that causes the ulcerated (abraded) corneal tissue to turn a greenish color. With proper treatment, most ulcers heal in three to five days. Medication generally consists of a topical lubricant and a topical antibiotic. Both are usually applied at four to six hour intervals. The eye is re-stained a few days later to be sure the ulcer has healed. Ulcers that do not heal promptly (within seven days) should immediately be referred to an eye specialist to prevent corneal perforation.

Complementary Dog Eye Ulcer Treatments

Homeopathic Dog Eye Ulcer Remedies

To relieve pain and inflammation of the ulcerated dog’s eye, Aconitum napellus 30c (monkshood) may be helpful.

Give the dog two whole or three crushed pellets. Allow no food for one hour before or one hour after the treatment.

Wait 30 days, reassess the dog’s condition, then repeat the treatment if necessary.

About Dr. Carol

Dr. Carol is a pet health researcher, a Board Certified Anti-Aging Pet Health Diplomat, a published author and a practicing, holistic veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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