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Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) in Dogs

By: Dr. Alexandra Van der Woerdt

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It is important that treatments are done on a consistent basis. The majority of dogs with KCS cannot be cured, but the disease can often be controlled. Diligent care is often necessary long term to prevent blindness.

Care at home also consists of keeping the eye lubricated and clean.

  • An irrigating eye solution is used to rinse the eye and to remove discharge that is present. The irrigating eye solution can be obtained without a prescription at any drug store. Always remove excessive discharge from the eye prior to application of medication.

  • If the discharge is hard to remove, application of a warm, moist compress for a few minutes may loosen up the discharge.

  • Keeping the hairs short around the face makes it easier to keep the eyes clean.

  • Return for regular follow-up visits to re-evaluate the tear production.

  • Monitor the eye for changes. If the discharge or redness gets worse despite treatment, have your dog re-evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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