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Do Puppies and Kittens Eyes Grow?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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Our question this week was:

I've heard that in human babies the eyes don't grow – stay the same size which is why babies proportionately look so funny and seem to have such big eyes. Does the same thing happen in puppies and kittens (dogs and cats?) I went to the pet store and thought all the puppies and kittens seem to have BIG eyes.

Gage H.


Answer

Hi – thanks for your email. You asked an interesting question. You asked if puppies or kittens eyes grow as they age? The answer is yes, they can grow a little however at birth the eyes are a substantial percentage of their adult size early on. I think they can grow about 20 to 25% during their life. I believe the same thing occurs in human babies.

A couple articles that might be helpful to you are Structure and Function of the Eye and Normal Growth and Development of Puppies.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra




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