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Anterior Uveitis in Dogs

By: Dr. Jennifer Welser

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Proper medication administration is essential. Pets with anterior uveitis may need frequent medicating (such as drops to the eyes four times daily) and this can be difficult with our busy schedules. Speak to your veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist to work out a good plan.

Since pets can't vocalize their problems, noticing even mild behavioral changes can be a sign that there is systemic disease and not just eye disease. Pets that aren't feeling well may stop eating or drinking, may hide under furniture, may not want to go outside or let you pet them around the head, may be depressed, and may sleep more than usual.

Become comfortable looking at your pet's eyes. Inflammation inside of the eye can change rapidly and lead to secondary disease like glaucoma, so it is important to be able to recognize and to describe to your veterinarian or veterinary ophthalmologist what has changed. Frequent rechecks are generally necessary to determine a cause, adjust medications and monitor progression of the disease.

See your veterinarian as soon as possible if you notice a change in the eye, such as the eye becoming red, or your dog squinting or holding the eye closed, rubbing or pawing at the eye. Scratching at the eye may induce more self-trauma. An Elizabethan collar may be recommended.


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